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The Grown-up Mid-Afternoon Milk Break Gets a Caffeine Jag

Essential jet fuel for an afternoon of research

Some days, you find yourself in a situation wherein you need to do a ton of stuff in a short amount of time within a single day.  Maddening thought, isn’t it?  Now, let’s say that your brain is close to short-circuiting and you haven’t had enough sleep for the past – say, um… – two days.  It’s a recipe for disaster!

But if you’re as plucky as I am (or if you really don’t have a choice because you’re stuck with the sitch thanks to procrastination), you won’t let any of that get in your way, right.  Right: drastic situations call for drastic measures – so I say: bring on a bottle of Ininstant!

Rich, strong, subtly sweet, and cold...

Ininstant is a bottled iced coffee sold at 18 Days, the coffee shop on the ground floor of the Insular Life building in Alabang.  It’s a bold, somewhat jolting chilled brew toned down (so to speak) with fresh milk and muscovado sugar.  It’s pleasantly bitter, somewhat nutty-flavored – quite different from the usual iced coffees commonly available in supermarkets.

This is due to the fact that Ininstant is a product of Coffee Alamid whose stock in trade – quite obviously – is the rich, somewhat fruity-flavored, and full-bodied kape alamid or kopi luwak (But I’ll save the story of that for another time.  ;)).  That said, what you get is a rich, perfectly brewed bottle of coffee that makes you wonder if you actually paid only P 20.00 for.

Chocolate cake goes well with a frosty Ininstant

And, if you’re at 18 Days and scribbling furiously at one of the tables, grab a square of their moist, lush, and flavorful chocolate cake (only P 35.00 a square!) because it goes so well with an Ininstant – and you need all the calories you can get.  😉



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

2 thoughts on “The Grown-up Mid-Afternoon Milk Break Gets a Caffeine Jag

  1. hi Midge, i wish i’d been brave enough to try Alamid, when it was right in front of me (in the form of a bag of grinds, in a coffee shop in Tagaytay, waiting to be bought. it was too expensive anyway and i opted for kapeng barako.
    too bad i wasn’t able to contact you, we were quite immersed in “stuff”…i hope to return soon, and w/ my kids in tow! sana.
    so many places to see and food to eat in MNL, it was so awesome.
    i wish i’d tried this ininstant too. i tried the best chilled coffee drink w/ a scoop of ice cream on top at Java Jazz in Tgyty….still dream about it!
    next time ha. 🙂

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