Check Out Our Top 5 Picks from UK’s Largest Coffee ChainJuly 27, 2015
It’s about time Costa Coffee came to the Philippines. The company, which is the second largest coffee shop chain in the world (and the biggest one in the UK), is now churning out their signature London Style brews in Manila. They recently launched their first branch in Eastwood, and despite being barely a month old, plans for expansion are already on the way. The coffee shops we’ve become accustomed to are in the vein of American or New York-style houses, but Costa’s got an English sophistication and sensibility that makes sense for the UK-bred brand. It isn’t just about tea—it’s about good quality products, and a lifestyle that fits the fast-paced, metropolitan Londoner. Now that the coffee juggernaut is in the country, it’s time for us to get a little more familiar with everything London Style: here are a few products from Costa Coffee’s delicious line that will make you feel like you’re miles away, happily sipping a cup in England.
1. Flat White
Although the flat white originated in the coffee culture of New Zealand and Australia, it’s become a quintessentially British thing, too—an alternative for those who aren’t satisfied with a cup of tea. Widely served in indie coffee houses to coffee shop chains such as Costa Coffee, the flat white is a rich, creamy, full flavored coffee with a velvety smooth texture that’s finished with a distinctive leaf. Costa extracts the purest essence of the coffee bean, resulting in a short espresso called Cortissimo.
2. BBQ Pork Loin and Ham Panini
For the Londoner on the go, a quick lunch is essential. Brits love their baps and sarnies, or anything that comes between two slices of bread. It’s easy and satisfying, but Costa Coffee’s paninis have got the added luxury of being pretty damn delicious. They don’t scrimp on the filling, and this one’s particularly English. Pork and ham are staples in any British pantry, and are usually cooked up for dinner or Sunday roast. This BBQ Pork Loin and Ham Panini has all these familiar flavors—both sweet and savory all at once.
3. English Toffee Brownie Bar
English toffee is familiar to even those outside the continent; buttery, caramel-y goodness can come either sticky and soft, or hard and melt-in-your-mouth. Toffee can be eaten alone, littered with almonds, and is even a staple in many popular candy bars, making for a sweet, sugary core. Many love the robust smokiness you get from pushing sugar to the edge until it is crystallized into the hard candy, and Costa Coffee’s brownie bar is chock-full of the little golden nuggets. It’s bound to be the favorite of anyone with a sweet tooth.
4. Sticky Caramel Chocolate Bar
On shelves in almost every British supermarket (or any shop peddling confectionery), you’re bound to find a similar caramel chocolate bar, more commonly known as Millionaires’ Shortbread. A flaky and crumbly shortbread biscuit base is topped with a soft, slightly chewy caramel filling, then a topping of chocolate, whether dark or milk. Kids absolutely love this stuff, and while it goes commonly with afternoon tea, a dark espresso enhances the flavor of caramel and chocolate even more. Costa Coffee’s rendition is the perfect introduction to anyone who isn’t immediately familiar with the slice; sprinkled with a generous amount of sea salt, the bar is never too sweet, but still very much indulgent.
5. Chocolate Tiffin Bar
If you’re not familiar with the tiffin, just imagine the perfect combination of a brownie and a biscuit. It’s got the deep cocoa flavor of a brownie, but with the consistency of a crumbly, buttery biscuit. The confection is best served out of the fridge, and has been around the UK since the 1900s. Some versions include dried fruit like raisins, but Costa Coffee’s iteration is all sugary, chocolate-y decadence. As it warms slightly in your hand, don’t forget to lick the chocolate off your fingers: it’s just that good.