My friend arrived while I was busy grinding cocoa nibs. Too bad I could never offer him any snack. No any available in refrigerator and I couldn’t think of any decent available from nearby sari-sari store. I offered him we go to 7-eleven for coffee after finishing my chore.
No other decent coffee shop in town except for this place. The 7-eleven. One entrepreneur had tried opening a coffee shop before but it simply never clicked. His shop only lasted for few months. He should have been very successful if he acquired a Starbucks franchise instead. People here love the brand.
I never used the 7-eleven loyalty card.. that I bought before for ten pesos. I have never activated it in the first place. It was on my home table.
Get first the hot drink before paying? The paper cups were on top of coffee dispenser. We were noob and never knew how to operate it. We were trying hard sosi pretending only know how to order espresso coffee from a barista. We called the crew attention and asked for help. She said, just make a choice and press a button. With this setup, if someone is accustomed to, he could just get a coffee without paying, or just pay for the first cup and get a free refill. That is if the crew never noticed and the customer is somewhat dishonest. We are honest, so we paid.
It still reminds me of my colleague who used to get unlimited Slurpy refill.
Our choice were Frosted Cinnamon. Straight and frank analysis. It was very good a first but became pretty boring after the third sip. It was too sweet and seemed making my head spin a little. It was becoming sweeter as the cup got deeper. It gave the impression of their inefficient apparatus, could not mixed well the dispensed hot drink.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.