G/F Manila East Arcade, Don Hilario Cruz St., Taytay, Rizal
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Situated near Club Manila East and the new Taytay Municipal Hall, Blugre Coffee is the iconic Davao coffee shop known for its use of durian in its food and drinks. Since its establishment in 1998, it has managed to weather the competition from the bigger coffee shops and has launched a handful of branches outside Davao.
I was excited to try something new so I ordered their signature Durian Coffeeccino (tall, ₱160) and a red velvet cake (₱135). Their cake display looked rather lonely. Hahaha
Now, the coffee itself: I have not tried the durian fruit itself but I have tried durian-based sweets. The durian flavor in the coffee was fine. But my biggest problem was the coffee itself -- when it was served to me, I didn't smell any aroma of a freshly-ground coffee. And when I finally tasted it, it lacked boldness of flavor -- parang 3-in-1 instant coffee lang. And I don't drink instant coffee anymore because it makes me queasy -- that's what I felt exactly at the time. Nakaka-disappoint.
The red velvet cake tasted pretty old. But the coffee is what deflated my excitement. Kaya pala siguro ang bilis na sinerve sa akin (aside from the cafe not having a lot of customers at the time). For ₱160, I felt cheated. Mas ok pa City Blends coffee ng 7-11 eh, ₱30 lang at freshly ground pa.
If they are touting that their coffee is a world-class one, I wonder what kind of coffee they use. It tasted too sweet and artificial, while the coffee base itself tasted flat. I've read somewhere that Blugre has plans to open branches overseas. If they do, I hope they won't serve this kind of coffee.
I took my cup out and threw it away.
Sayang, the interiors and ambiance were beautiful pa naman, so one star just for them.
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