|Coffee Bean Tea and Leaf, Cagayan de Oro, |
Limketkai Branch along Claro M. Recto Ave.
I have several reasons to love this place especially. Both sentimental and non-sentimental reasons.
I always loved about it is how friendly it is to writers and is often considered a paradise for writers. I have mentioned this very often that when I write about the cafe I visit, ambiance is very important to me. I have to feel comfortable. Just being there helps stimulate the creativity and helps me write.
The walls are plastered with framed photos and quotes with 60's themes. It is also slightly warehouse-inspired interior design. It has a high ceiling, crates for tables and sleek seats.
They have a mouth-watering display with cakes, muffins and bread. I admit that I definitely take my time when I choose and would stand in front of the display for a significant amount of time. There is just too many to choose from and I just love that they have such a variety.
This time, I chose a blueberry muffin. According to my friend, the photo doesn't really look appetizing but I think it just my photography skills. It needs work.
I like its texture and that it isn't too sweet. The taste isn't overwhelming either. I definitely tasted the blueberries but guess my only problem is probably that the taste isn't really memorable for me. I think it is a good dessert to try, so it isn't bad at all. Or maybe because I partnered it with a drink that has a more memorable taste and it overwhelmed it. I had the Cold African Sunset tea.
Rather than tea, which was what I partnered it that time --- I think it is better to partner this with coffee. I think it would make a great balance.
Lesson learned. It is also important to know which drink to partner with each dessert so that you can be able to appreciate both.
I ordered the tuna pandesal and it is definitely not the ordinary tuna sandwich. The bread is perfectly cooked and I don't know what they did to the tuna but it also taste good. I like the combination of the soft bread and the tuna.
While I did love the tuna pandesal, I think I liked the Sardine and Feta pandesal that Krissy ordered was better. The flavor is very rich. It made me want to order more --- if I wasn't only broke.
|Sardine and Feta Pandesal|
|Moroccan Mint Tea Latte|
If you are not a fan of hot drinks, they have a variety of cold drinks too. I get curious very easily, so when Cielo decided on a cold African Sunrise Tea, I was intrigued. I also wanted to know what a sunrise tasted like. It is one of their herbal tea selections
|For Cold Drinks |
(Iced Chai Tea Latte and African Sunrise Tea)
My friend, Krissy ordered the Iced Chai Tea Latte. She enjoys chai tea for its health benefits and she sincerely likes the taste. I find it refreshing. I usually worry about tea being too bitter and such but this was blended well and the bitter taste isn't too overpowering, which is the problem for most tea-lovers.
As a writer, I can always say I think --- that The Coffee Bean Tea and Leaf is my little piece of paradise.