Happy Easter, everyone! How was your Holy Week?
My kid sister and I do not look alike, nor do we share the same interests through said interests do sometimes overlap. (Case in point: I write, she draws. We’re working on a manga-style project this season.) Luckily, we both love to eat and this shows in our generous figures. However, even intrepid girls like us end up with flagging appetites in the summer heat. But not where ice cream and coffee are concerned!
A couple weekends ago, between clothes shopping and manga tracking, we opted to take a break over at Caffe Ti Amo on the ground floor of Greenbelt 5. The latest addition to the Jollibee Group of Companies, it’s the sort of place that would give old standards like Starbucks and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf a run for their money.
Caffe Ti Amo is a Korean franchise. So, while it looks like a New York street corner, it would certainly not look out of place as the setting for those wildly popular Korean soap operas. You get comfortable seats – even armchair rockers! – with an upbeat yet relaxed ambiance. Jazz music interspersed with the more tasteful sort of Korean pop ballads plays in the background and customers can browse through the shop’s collection of books, broadsheets, and magazines whilst sipping their coffee.
But enough with the place, let’s have something nice!
The shop’s friendly baristas will let you sample the gelati before you buy, helping you narrow down the choices.
A single flavor selection – the Piccolo – will set you back P 55.00 and looks deceptively small. However, I should state here that said small scoop shown above practically stumped me and my sister! For such a small thing, the Piccolo Dark Chocolate gelato is incredibly rich and delicious. The texture is thick, almost chewy – like frozen brownie batter whipped with cream. You could tell that they used good-quality chocolate as the bittersweet flavor lingered on our palates long after we managed to finish the cup.
Their reasonably priced Caffelato Frappes (P 125.00 – 145.00 for a regular, depending on the flavor) are nothing to sneeze at either.
Unlike conventional ice-blended coffees which only mix coffee with milk, ice, and flavored syrups, each frappe gets a scoop of gelato thrown in for good measure. Think milkshake – only, a seriously caffeinated one! We recommend the rich, buttery-tasting caramel and the smoky dark chocolate which has chopped chocolate thrown in for good measure.
So, is it possible to reach nirvana at Caffe Ti Amo? Well, as far as the gelati and frappes are concerned, my sister and I definitely think so! 😉