To a coffee addict, drinking coffee isn't just drinking coffee. It's whether he is drinking latte, or cappuccino, or espresso, and counting the shots (okay, I don't actually know what types of coffee there are. See? I'm no addict!;-]). By the coffee's aroma alone, he can tell what type of coffee is being served. To him, mocha is a coffee flavor. Starbucks or Seattle's Best aren't really hangout places, but coffee sanctuaries (again, I don't know other "coffee places"). They don't have trouble ordering, they don't choose from the menu because they've got their own specific orders. And mind you, they say it without even blinking, with the accents just right in place! Coffee is their lifeblood and social beverage as well.
To a regular coffee drinker like me, drinking coffee is out of necessity. There are days when I need to stay longer than I'm supposed to, and because I don't like the taste of Red Bull, I just drink coffee. I don't know the difference between latte and cappuccino. All I know is that latte is creamier, just that. And if you say mocha, I say ice cream. If you say Starbucks, I say study place, or meet up venue. Okay, I may be exaggerating there a bit. Coffee is the first thing that comes to mind, but... just but! I tell you, to me, ALL those different coffee flavors taste the same! I don't know why, maybe my taste buds aren't that attentive or that I haven't established that level of love for coffee, but really, they all taste the same! A single shot, double, or even triple, doesn't really matter to me. All I know is that a double shot makes you stay up longer, and a triple shot can let you live your 24 hours without even sleeping. Coffee as a lifeblood only applies to me during exams. My social beverage is still Red Horse (nah, kidding!hehe).
Okay, enough of the boring noob coffee lover story. Don't get me wrong, I actually have a genuine love for coffee.
With that, let me share with you a coffee tavern experience. I've been to this place before and tasted their coffee, but it didn't leave a mark on me (read: because as I've said, all coffee taste the same!).
I learned about Baristo Coffee Lounge back when I used to study in USC. They had a nook inside our campus. As far as I can remember, I never ordered coffee back then. I also thought that they were just hospitality management students doing thier OJT, or business students doing their market study. When they set up that spot in front of the Main USC Campus in P. del Rosario St., Cebu, me and my friends went their to try the place out.
It's small. It's a concern because if the place is small, it follows that the tables are small. Now, for a coffee shop which also serves meals and has wifi, the table matters. Imagine if there were two of you, both bringing laptop and ordering a meal, where would you put your things? But I don't blame them, I think it's a good spot though.
Last week, we went back to the place just to hang out (D promised to buy us coffee!) and catch up. Scanning through their coffee menu, I noticed they actually serve a wide range of coffee. Prices are reasonable too! The only concern I had was that the HOT coffee I ordered wasn't as hot as I expected it to be. It felt like the milk which was mixed with it was cold and they didn't mind heating it up. Nevertheless, the coffee tasted good.
They also served meals and dessserts. I had carbonara and it was good. Not the best, but it was delicious and very cheesy and creamy. I ordered their crepe but after paying for it, they told me they ran out of stock. Oh well... They returned my money, of course. But it just showed that they weren't up to date with their stocks. The picture of the mango crepe looked delicious though.
Would I go back? Definitely. Why? There's no other coffee shop in the vicinity. Their meals taste delicious and are way cheaper than their competitors. And the cofee is cheap too. I just hope their hot drinks are HOT and not just hot-hot. I hope you get what I mean.