Have you gone into one of those sluggish evenings that you strongly crave for a hot coffee but you don’t feel like going down the store to buy a cup? Fancying over guiltless chocolate cake or caramel belgian waffle for a midnight snack?
The good news for caffeine-fanatics nowadays is that drive-thru is no longer exclusive for fast food chains.
What started as a kind of wishful thinking become a reality; sneaking out at 11pm almost-in-jammies and sipping a fresh brew from Starbucks or Coffee Bean is now possible!
Location: Starmall Prima, Daang Hari, Vista City, Molino, Bacoor Cavite
Coffee Bean has finally opened its first ever drive-thru not just in the Philippines but also in Asia with Cavite as the premier store with such added feature. Now it’s way handy to grab an Ice Blended Latte and Greek Salad. The barista was nice based on our first visit and we appreciate the random act of extra effort even small; she volunteered to spread the blue cheese on our warm bagel and was polite handing over our beverage.
The easiest way to reach from Makati would be by taking the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and exiting at the new MCX (Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway). Turn left on Daang-Hari after the toll gate and drive for about 5 minutes, immediately after All-Home on the left is Coffee Bean.
Location: South Hub Caltex, Mamplasan, Biñan, Laguna (along SLEX South bound)
Now you can see your Barista’s face alongside the ordering information with the drive-thru video screen. Starbucks says that they introduced the technology to maintain that customer-barista connection.
The barista sounds and looks enthusiastic during our first experience, she took our list of craving smoothly and our beverage was served as as we like it.
Espresso Frappuccino and macadamia cookie come quicker if going farther South, oh what about Tagaytay or Batangas?!
Location: Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang-Hari, Las Piñas
The location is really good with stone-brick facade as if transporting you to another place. But the service is apparently poor here… not that kind of customer relationship which Starbucks guarantees.
“Our brand is defined quintessentially by the experience in our stores,” Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO, said at an investor conference earlier this year. “And our stores come to life by our people.”
Either coffee not properly prepared (too bland, too sweet, not just the right blend) and the rudest Starbucks baristas I’ve encountered (getting the wrong order and serving with a frown). They are the first drive-thru near our area so we have to settle with their low-grade, lousy output simply because of proximity (driving to BGC or Libis is a bit far). And really, their location is worth the visit; Evia is an astounding place to go in the South.
Really hope they improve soon and aim to stand firm with how the global Starbucks promise to deliver.
Photo Source: Images via Facebook page of each Coffee Store.