When my day is short, and work is very long,
YOU CAN FIND ME @ BO’S
If Seattle, Washington has Starbucks Coffee, then Cebu, Philippines has its very own Bo’s Coffee. This coffee house is owned and founded by an entrepreneur named Steve Benitez, a proud Filipino, born and raised in Cebu City. With his love of coffee, he ventured and opened his first Bo’s Coffee shop in Ayala Center Cebu way back in year 1996. As of the November 2017, Bo’s Coffee has 100 branches all over the Philippines, with 30 of which are situated in its city of origin. The President and Founder of Bo’s Coffee is aiming to opening its 200th branch by the year 2020.
It was in the year 2010 when I started drinking black coffee and espresso. I learned to appreciate and enjoy drinking coffee itself because of my friends who were then baristas at Bo’s Coffee, Banilad. At the present, although there are numbers of specialty coffee shops popping up every now and then in the city, you often can find me at Bo’s Coffee because they put spot light to our locally grown Single Origin Arabica from Sagada and Benguete in the highland of Cordillera region, Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon, Mt. Matutum in Cotabato, and Mt. Apo in Davao. Thus, Bo’s Coffee is not just your typical commercial coffee shop.
Sagada Coffee: sweet, nutty, well balanced with hints of chocolate and fresh tobacco. Mt. Kitanglad Coffee: light and nutty. Mt. Matutum Coffee: Berrylike and spicy, with notes of cardamom and camphor. Mt. Apo Coffee: sweet and earthy, with notes of brown sugar and light acidity. Atok and Ampucao, Benguete Coffee: Well-balanced with herbal notes and winey taste.
These arabica coffee beans are carefully selected and graded by coffee professionals to ensure that we are getting nothing but the best and a delicious cup of coffee every time. And among all those single origin coffees Bo’s Coffee offers, I personally prefer brewing their home grown coffee from Benguet. With the right grind, water temperature, and method of brewing, there are chances that you can get a characteristics of Pomelo, Apricot, and Lemongrass on your coffee. When you buy coffee beans, you can ask your barista to grind your beans according to what method you are using at home. Or if you have your own brewing kit at home, I advice that you better buy whole beans instead and you grind the beans right before brewing to get that awesome flavors of your coffee.
Not so long that Bo’s Coffee started serving their coffee in a French Press and in a Pour Over Method. As they are serving specialty coffee, these methods of brewing is one way to let Bo’s Coffee’s customer experience quality and tasty coffee in a cup. If you wanna order, just ask your barista and choose any of their home grown beans and in what method do you want it to be serve.
I love pairing Bo’s Coffee pour over with this tantalizingly delicious Super Moist Dark Cake (P105 per slice). Other than this chocolate cake, they also have the classic Blueberry Cheesecake, Bo’s Coffee Cheesecake, Strawberry Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake, Cupcakes, Muffins, and Donuts. I recommend to trying Bo’s Coffee’s pasta bolognese or carbonara if you opt to have lunch in the cafe. And you will never go wrong with their three cheese sandwich or cheesy tuna melt sandwich for a lighter lunch option. Sorry, I loooooove CHEESE!
Classic tomato based pasta with ground pork and topped with cheese
Creamy white sauce based pasta topped with ham and cheese
Mozzarella, Cheddar Cheese, Local Laguna Kesong Puti sandwiched in a whole wheat bread
For those morning person like me, try having breakfast in any of their branches. They have ample of breakfast menu that suits your palate. From local to western, heavy and comforting, to Vigan breakfast. You name it, they have it.
Mozzarella, Cheddar Cheese, Local Laguna Kesong Puti sauteed in onions and garlic
Aside from their tasty coffee and food, Bo’s Coffee is a perfect place to be even if you just want to chill. It can be a study hub for students, a meeting place for professionals and the likes, a rendezvous for friends to catch up on their lives, or just a place to hang out for those lazy afternoon while having your caffeine fix. Comfy chairs and couches, cozy ambiance, mellow music, WiFi if you need it, and outlets so you can plug in your devices. What else can you ask for?
I am so lucky that there are two Bo’s Coffee near me. One is just a few steps away from my place and the other is at the nearby mall. The shop inside the mall is more comfy and cozy than the one near me but despite of, I still get the same quality of delectable food and coffees. So, I have no problem about it. It is where YOU CAN FIND ME.
Bo’s Coffee , Northdrive Cebu
Address: Unit 102 & 103, Ground Floor, NorthDrive Mall, Ouano Avenue, Mandaue City, Cebu
Store Hours: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Bo’s Coffee, Parkmall
Address: Unit 11 G/F, Al Fresco Area, 168 Ouano Avenue, Mandaue Reclamation Area, Mandaue City, Cebu
Phone Number: +63 32 236 7298
Store Hours: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm