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Cappuccino Cravings: The hunt for the best cup in town

Until recently, cappuccino wasn’t my cup of tea (erm, coffee?). It wasn’t until I learned to add a dash of cinnamon in my coffee did I learn to appreciate the foamy goodness of cappuccino (or so this guy claims). Whatever the reason, now I’ve become some kind of a nut, pftoo-ing* any other caffeine drink without a decent amount of foam on it.

What kind of a a nut have I become? (sometimes, I wonder why I’m too honest in this blog) The kind that’s nutty enough to go forth and compare the cappuccinos that locally accessible cafes have to offer. Now before you call me crazy, I claim that I did it for y’all. You know, so wouldn’t need to make the mistake of going to a place with terrible cappuccino (coz’ I’m nice liek that).

Here’s my list so far-

Seattle’s Best Coffee
Rating: 3 of 5

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It's a foam world.

Seattle’s Best’s Cappuccino has the most foam out of all the ones on this list. The coffee is strong but there is enough milk to neutralize the flavor and end up with a pleasant blend. Particularly good when you need to pull an all-nighter and cram study a semester long worth of topics. The branch along Valero street in Makati is one of the few coffee shops (that i know of) that is open 24 hours.

Starbucks
Rating: 4 of 5

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The old reliable

The cappuccino from Starbucks is surprisingly the one that gives the most bang for the buck (if you order in). The medium Grande mug has more than enough to keep you awake for at least a couple of days, depending on your caffeine tolerance. The amount of foam and the drink itself do not disappoint, like usual. Given that there’s a branch or two in many corners of the city, this one is like your favorite pair of jeans, the one you use too often- looks good, fits you well, and lasts you a pretty long time.

McCafe
Rating: 1 of 5

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Wherefore art froth?

McCafe’s cappuccino is the cheapest of the bunch but is also the least frothy. Without froth, a coffee drink is not a cappuccino, it’s merely coffee with milk. I can’t even say you get what you pay for, because I paid for a cappuccino and got a poor tasting latte with half an attempt at coffee art (the cup had a crooked letter M or it could have been a squiggly of chocolate powder on top).

Real Coffee & Tea Cafe
Rating: 4 of 5

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A little bit of home away from home

This quaint little shop in Boracay run by a friendly American lady is known better for their famous Calamansi Muffins more than their coffee. While the muffins are spectacular (a separate post will be up soon), the coffee is really good. If you sit at the bar, you get to see them making the coffee and frothing the milk by hand. It’s as if you woke up with a coffee connoisseur in your kitchen making you a particularly good cup of coffee in the morning. The drinks are reasonably priced too, especially for a coffeeshop that’s in Boracay.

UCC Cafe Terrace
Rating: 3 of 5

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Love at first sniff

UCC is not one the coffee shops that I frequent, mostly because it’s unreasonably expensive for me. Their cappuccino is affordable enough (roughly around Php110) but the cup is smaller than others (on this list). If you don’t mind the size, the coffee is pretty good with a fair amount of foam. And although it shouldn’t be a factor in determining good coffee, UCC’s clear glass mugs are a pretty sight to see (and sip from).

Caffe Ti-Amo
Rating: 2 of 5

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Thick and strong Italian

This newish coffee shop in Greenbelt 5 had interesting menu choices including gelato on espresso and an intriguing-looking tea, but I had to try their cappuccino first. Their cappuccino has the thickest foam I’ve seen on a cup, a wooden stirrer placed in the middle of all the froth will not sink to the mug edges (true story). While a lot of foam is great, the espresso they used was a tad too strong for my liking. I had to pour in a lot of extra milk in it, and even then, it was still too strong.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Rating: 5 of 5

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This foamy cup hits the right spot every damn time

This is my go to cappuccino. CBTL never disappoints. While other coffee shops’ coffee blends vary depending on the barista, CBTL has remained constantly great. This happy cup is a perfect blend of good coffee, soft foam, and a healthy amount of milk- exactly how a cappuccino should be.

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Just what is it about this Italian coffee drink that’s got me hook, line and sinker? Honestly, I’m not too sure. What I do know is that this blend of espresso and hot milk, topped with (very) thick frothed milk, with a dash of cinnammon and spoonfuls of brown or muscovado sugar makes my bad days go away.

Are you a cappuccino lover too? Please tell me I’m not alone in this.

*pftoo-ing : A verb I made up that means the act of spitting liquid out in distaste with pouty lips on (go on, try it)

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Mel is a developer by day, a couch potato by night, and a bacon lover at all times. She likes good noms, cute puppies, the color orange, and all things bacon. You may contact her at admin@bacontunamelt.com or anywhere via this blog.

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