Thursday, 11 April 2013

A to Z 2013: Java

For the month of April I will be blogging alphabetically with the theme of Winnipeg versus Davao City. Not to prove a winner but simply to explore the differences and similarities between my home town and my current location.

J is for Java!

The "floating" Starbucks at SM Lanang.
By Java, I mean coffee, not the island in Indonesia. Although I did get to visit Jakarta recently!

In Winnipeg, coffee is imported from around the world. In Davao, it's grown down the road. So that is different.

I'm not a coffee drinker but I bought a muffin from Tim's!
Tim Hortan's is the quintessential Canadian coffee shop and Winnipeg has lots. There are also way too many Starbucks! And a handful of Second Cup cafes. I also read recently that a bunch of trendy little independent shops just opened up recently.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. No loose leaf tea, sadly.
Davao had not allowed Starbucks in until just a couple of years ago. There are now three and the newest one opened in the last six months. Davao loves their local coffee! The shops are everywhere!

From what I can tell, most of the coffee houses are chains. International chains like St. Arbucks, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, national chains like Bo's Coffee and Green Coffee and our very own local shop Blugré Cafe! Plus many more...

Bo's at Abreeza.
It seems that anywhere you go, people love their Java. The Philippines in general does a lot more instant coffee than Canada, so that is different. And I'm pretty sure I haven't ever seen Durian flavoured coffee on a Tim's menu.

Blugre on the Sky Garden.

16 comments:

  1. Ooh they have Starbucks in Davao now! That's great!
    Eek, durian-flavored coffee??

    From the A-Z neighborhood,
    Dee is for Deecoded

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    1. Yuppers! I don't do Durian flavoured things. I like the fresh fruit but flavoured things are icky, in my opinion.

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  2. I'm not a coffee drinker but all these pretty pictures are

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  3. Enticing... Sorry...my iPad froze up.
    I'm from A to Z land too. Have a good day

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    1. Ah, lol! Thanks! I'm not a coffee drinker either. But I do like tea!

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  4. Now that IS an interesting coffee flavour!

    I hear Peru does the instant coffee thing too..

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    1. I guess it is easier because all you need is hot water and not a whole machine to brew the grinds.

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  5. So cool- I don't drink coffee but this makes me wish I did!

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    1. Yeah, coffee shop culture is kind of cool. :)

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  6. Man, I love a great cup of coffee. My favorite is the organic chocolate nut I have at home, but I love going to a nice little coffee house too. My favorite in San Diego is The Living Room, which feels like an actual living room.

    I do go to Starbucks when I have Girl's Day Out with my mom at Barnes and Noble bookstore, because they have a small location inside, owned by the bookstore. We grab a bunch of books and magazines, then sit and have a small Starbucks meal, usually quiche, and a latte. :)

    #atozchallenge, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

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    1. Those places sound so fun! In Canada most Safeways and Chapters/Indigo book stores have Starbucks, too. I kind of like that here in Davao it is still mostly locally owned coffee houses. Unfortunately I am a tea snob and they don't do loose leaf here.

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    2. Sorry Bonnie, we got rid of all Starbucks at Safeway. Timmy's is in the house!

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    3. Wow! That's kind of cool actually. I always thought it was over-kill to have one in the Safeway plus that one out in the corner of the parking lot. :P

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  7. I love koffee
    We don't have too many Starbucks as such in India
    But I love java bean coffee

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    1. And first I thought u were about to write on software Lang java
      Thank god u didn't :)
      Good day

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    2. Ah, no not the programming language. My husband is a developer and he doesn't like it either. :)

      My favourite hot drink is Masala Chai. I get it every time I'm at an Indian restaurant and make my own at home, too. I think I have a recipe for the spices I use on this blog somewhere...

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