Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Costa Coffee : Drink the Costa Way

Signature Costa logo on latte art with the unique coffee ring
With its humble beginnings as a small family business in London since 1971, Costa has leaped forward to become the world's 2nd largest coffee chain, boasting over 1700 stores in 25 countries.


Signature Flat White ($6.30)

Finally, Costa landed on our sunny island last August 2012 and has since become a hit with some kopi lovers I know. What makes Costa unique is its emphasis on the quality experience of coffee drinker.



Every coffee here is made with precision from their special blend of coffee beans, Mocha Italia. For instance, my cup of Hot Mocha ($6.50-above pic) is brewed according to its golden formula of espresso to hot chocolate milk to foam. It was more intense and less sweeter than the Flat White.

Do you know that each Costa barista goes through training and rounds of test before they are qualified? That may explain why the coffee here tastes different from other mass franchises.

Have a coffee chat with Khai, the pioneer barista of Singapore Costa and also a coffee guru himself. His passion translates into flair and creativity in every cup of coffee.


Besides coffee, they have a series of savoury food that are not only suitable for dine-in but also good for takeaway. The Summer Vegetables Wrap **NEW** $6.90, is a filling roll of nicely grilled zucchini, eggplants that tasted better than its rustic looks.


**NEW** Honey Djon Mustard Chicken Foccacia

I was quite amazed to find Sous Vide Chicken at this cafe as this style of vacuum-steaming cooking takes place mostly at restaurants. Sandwiched between wholemeal ciabatta, the chicken had a smooth tender texture, though I wish there were more honey djon mustard.


But out of the sandwiches, I would recommend the Grilled vegetables and mushroom panini ($7.20). The not-too-thick bread makes it easier to chow through and its pizza-like taste will ring a familiar note in many people.

On the menu includes this healthy Caesar chicken salad that tastes as good, if not better than many other places

To beat the hot weather, go for the cold drinks such as this Strawberry Creamy cooler ($6.30)  a refreshing strawberry smoothie crowned with whipped cream. The Mango & Passionfruit Cooler ($5.60) for a less sinful treat.


Like every other cafe, there is always cakes to complement the coffee/tea. Double Chocolate Brownie ($6.50) and Apple Crumble($6.50)  are classic sweets that you can indulge with an additional topping of ice cream.



Signature 4-tier carrot cake ($7.20) that are generous on the walnuts with very fine cake texture. I prefer to enjoy it warm.  Others include this Brownie cheesecake ($6.50, below pic)  that would satisfy cheesecake and chocolate craving at one shot.



When the hot meets the cold with this affogato


Muffins are easily overlooked at a cafe but the ones here actually comes with filling. For instance, this blueberry muffin($3.90) most likely won't catch your attention but it is unexpectedly fluffy with sour blueberry jam inside. After this, I am curious to try the triple chocolate one that boasts gooey chocolate filling.
As I recall my favourite items that day, I realise they could make up a full course set menu (from Chicken Caesar salad to Grilled panini and end of with the Affogato or their hot mocha). Though the food might not be extremely fantastic, the cosy ambience and service did not give me a "mass-franchised" feel. A good location for not only work discussion but also leisure afternoon coffee just to spend time away.
Have you had your cuppa today?
Costa Coffee Outlets:
Vivocity #01-100 (Harbourfront MRT)
Chevron House #01-37 (Raffles Place MRT)
Raffles City #01-45/45A (City Hall MRT)
More details, visit :
**Special thanks to Devries PR and Costa Coffee SG for the invite


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