Saturday, December 8, 2012

Championing Coffee Here & Abroad

Bo's Coffee has always taken pride in serving and supporting locally grown beans, towards showcasing the highest quality of homegrown coffee beverages. Beyond this, the company also commits to rear a workforce that values customer satisfaction, as the baristas demonstrate a multitude of skills both inside and out of the coffee shop.

Paul at the Origins Exhibit
(Photo by Manny Torrejon)
We give you Paul Vincent Asuncion. With his 3rd year at Bo’s Coffee, he recently bested five other competitors in the Philippine Barista & Coffee Academy, Inc.'s Philippine Barista Cup 2012, and thereby becoming the country's representative to the ASEAN Barista Championship held last September in Bangkok, Thailand.

The two mentioned internationally-acclaimed titles, took considerable time for Paul to prepare for. Within the confines of the Bo’s Coffee head office and branches, he has done several rounds of machine familiarization, batches of sample espresso extraction, and critique sessions from the Bo’s Coffee Training Staff for the technical and sensory aspects of his performances. Early on, his potential has been seen as Paul had the necessary skills to be an excellent barista. This set of skills, along with remarkable talent in concocting the perfect cup of coffee paved the way for Paul to gain support from the rest of his Bo’s Coffee peers.

Even during the 2012 Bo’s Coffee Barista Cup, PBCA Director, Ms. Susan Edilo mentioned that the characteristic which made Paul win at the Philippine Barista & Coffee Academy, Inc.'s Philippine Barista Cup 2012 was his speaking skills and manner of communicating his expertise to the judges. Paul’s years of training as a barista certainly paved the way for him to share his knowledge about the best practices and techniques in making the perfect cup of coffee, as the Training Staff of Bo’s Coffee constantly guided him all throughout his preparation for the competition.

After winning the Philippine Barista Cup, Paul further went through the technicalities of barista competitions, including a rigorous step-by-step process to perfect the performance moves employed by baristas abroad. “Nakakapagod din…May mga nagsasabi na pumayat ako noon, pero marami akong natutunan.” (It was tiring! Some were saying that I lost weight then, but I did learn a lot.)

He was advised to watch previous competition videos of the country's best baristas. This aided him in preparing for his turn in competing. He knew he could do what they were doing, and that he just needed to study the details, as well as collect a little confidence. “Bo’s Coffee Founder, Sir Steve, advised that to be confident, you need practice and knowledge. Nung competition, hindi ako kinabahan hanggang ako na yung nakasalang. Nagawa ko naman, pero pag pinansin mo, nanginginig yung mga kamay ko especially nung sinasalin ko yung Cappucino.” (Sir Steve advised that to be confident, you need practice and knowledge. During the competition, I didn't feel nervous until it was my turn. I was able to do it, nonetheless, but if you look carefully, my hands were shaking when I was pouring the Cappucino.)

He was joined in Bangkok by PBCA Director Susan Edilo and Bo's Coffee founder Steve Benitez. And as he became one of the selected finalists in the international championship, he considered it a learning experience which he owed to those who taught him the craft.

The Champion's trophy
(Photo by Paul Vincent Asuncion)

“Kailangan mo yung know-how at yung performance style, tapos ipapaliwanag mo pa yung kape pagkatapos. Kailangang alam na alam mo yung beans mo. Mas mataas lang ang standards ng ibang bansa, pero kaya natin sa technicality. Sobrang ganda ng table set-up nila, at yung mga galaw nila, sobrang galing din. Eye-opener yung pagsali ko on how other countries train their baristas.” (You need to know the process and the performance style, then you'll need to explain the coffee after it's been prepared. You need to know your beans by heart. The other countries just have high standards, but we're not far in terms of technicality. Their table set-ups were very beautiful, and their moves were also skilled. The competition was an eye-opener on how other countries train their baristas.)

For those who wish to compete in coffee-preparation contests, he had words of wisdom.

“Five years na akong barista, pero di pa ako ganung kahasa. Di pa natin alam ang lahat. Nandito tayo sa coffee industry – di lang pasok, uwi, pasok, uwi. Kailangan gusto mo yung ginagawa mo. Paano mo mabibigyan ng masarap na kape yung customer? You have to work for your family, but at the same time, you're enjoying your work dapat.” (I've been a barista for five years, but I'm still not skilled enough. We don't know everything yet. We're in the coffee industry – we don't just work, go home, work then go home. You need to love what you're doing. How will you serve good coffee to your customer? You have to work for your family, but at the same time, you must enjoy your work.)

In reference to the example of Paul Vincent Asuncion, his triumph for the year is one testimony that Bo’s Coffee supports homegrown coffee talents. Bo’s Coffee shall continue to commit in honing its baristas to be world-class coffee experts, acknowledging the value of delightful customer service through recognizable coffee-making skills and talent. 
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Take a peek into The Coffee Book 2013

Wondering what's inside this year's Coffee Book? Take a look!

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Check out The Coffee Book 2013!

Coupons, sketches, and a lot of Philippine coffee fun facts. These are just a couple of things we incorporated in The Coffee Book 2013. We wanted to give you something you could still keep even after the year is over, which is why this gorgeous planner book features original artworks and a lot interesting tidbits about the Philippines and the coffee it offers.

Coffee Book Mechanics:

1.    Every purchase of any food or beverage worth P200 from today until January 31, 2013 will entitle the customer to a Coffee Card and one sticker
2.    Customers must collect 14 stickers to redeem the Coffee Book 2013 for free.
3.    Stickers can be acquired if the qualified purchase is made at any Bo’s Coffee outlets nationwide.
4.    Customers must present the Coffee Card when any qualified purchase is made at any Bo’s Coffee outlets nationwide.
5.    Valid stickers are signed by Team Leader on Duty with the date of purchase, transaction number & total amount purchased.
6.    Customers can redeem stickers for dine in, take out & merchandise purchases. Bulk transactions or reservations are entitled to a maximum of 3 stickers only.
7.    Customer can redeem the Coffee Book until March 31, 2013.

Terms & Conditions:

1.    Stickers will be given right after each valid transaction is made.
2.    Customer must complete the 14 stickers to redeem the Coffee Book.
3.    Customer may combine a maximum of 2 Coffee Cards with a total of 14 stickers when combined to redeem the Coffee Book.
4.    A Coffee Card with 14 stickers completed must be surrendered to the cashier to redeem the Coffee Book.
5.    A stolen or lost Coffee Card may be replaced with a new one but the stickers earned cannot be replaced.
6.    The promo is not valid in conjunction with other promos or discounts.
7.    Bo’s Coffee reserves the right to refuse the redemption of the Coffee Book if the customer is found tampering with the stickers to reach the required number of stickers to claim the Coffee Book.
8.    Employees of all participating outlets, including relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the Coffee Book promotion.
   Per DTI-NCR Permit # 7387 Series of 2012

Check out the preview here: Take a peek into The Coffee Book 2013

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Two Tasty Reasons to Celebrate the Holidays

Here are two tasty reasons to celebrate the Holidays!

Toffee Nut Froccino Primo is your signature Frozen Cappuccino with a yummy mix of caramelized nuts and chocolate bits. 

Hazel Nut Classic Mocha is your all-time favorite Froccino Primo with a sweet combination of milk and cocoa.

Have a great Christmas with these delicious drinks at the nearest Bo’s Coffee branch, available until January 15, 2013! See you there!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bo’s Coffee Brews at CDO, the City of Golden Friendship

Now here’s a new attraction for Kagay-anons to try out! 

Ever wondered what freshly-roasted coffee tastes like? Well, wonder no more as Bo’s Coffee opens a full store at the 2nd level of Centrio Mall.

Yes, the store interior gives homage to Philippine Coffee. Notice wall frames indicating great sources of coffee beans in the country.

Want limited collectibles with your coffee? Here's just few of the merchandise items you may find extra fun to collect.

It would be a great idea to spend a relaxing coffee break at this new branch. Served by friendly baristas, you're sure to have quite an experience at Bo's Coffee, Centrio Mall.

Be sure to also try out the delectable cakes, sumptuous pastries, and refreshing non-coffee drinks on your visit. :)

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We're now brewing at Bel-Air!

Check out our brand new branch at #74 Jupiter St, beside Army Navy, if you're in the mood for great homegrown coffee. 

Wondering what to order? We'd recommend our line of yummy Froccino beverages or our aromatic and flavorful brewed Philippine coffee.

If you're hungry, we have a wide array of pastries, cakes, pastas, and sandwiches for you to try.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Bo’s Coffee Opens its First Store in GenSan

Craving for a caffeine fix in GenSan?

There’s a new coffee shop in town you’ll definitely want to check out. It’s the recently opened Bo’s Coffee in SM City, GenSan! Go ahead, treat yourself to a well-deserved cup of homegrown brew.

Did you also know that they only serve freshly roasted beans from the Philippines? This means that not a single bean in the store is grinded and brewed has lasted a month at most, ensuring the best coffee experience every time.

Aside from great coffee, Bo’s Coffee gives plenty of reasons for you to drop by its new GenSan store. World-class beverages are up for you to discover and love: from perky Espresso Beverages, healthy and toothsome Green Tea Matcha Freeze, sweet Ice Blended Cookies and Cream, fruity Mixed Berry Freeze, and even tropical freshly-brewed Dalandan Iced Tea!

For quick snacks, healthy bites, and filling meals, Bo’s Coffee GenSan also has an array of food products and pastries for you to try. You can choose from Breakfast options such as hearty Bacon, specialty Sausage, and fluffy Omelette Sets. In the mood for pasta? Then have a try of these picks: meaty Bolognese, tasty Carrittiere, and traditional Aglio e Olio.

Grab a bite of these crusty sandwiches: Bo’s Turkey Club, Grilled Chicken BLT, Grilled Italian Veggie, and Tuna Salad. For dessert, why not have delectable cakes such as indulgent Blueberry Cheesecake and Supermoist Chocolate Cake. For a delightful bite, have a frosty Carrot Bar, zesty Lemon Square, or sweet and nutty Food for the Gods.

There are surely a lot of selections for you to try at the new Bo’s Coffee GenSan branch. It’s just not your usual coffee shop. Its wall interiors are even inspired by homegrown craftsmanship, accented by earthy and organic coffee sacks. The coffee lovers’ cozy nook gives homage to Philippine-origin coffee. Your entire coffee shop visit of course won’t be complete without the service of friendly Bo's Coffee baristas who view coffee preparation as an art. So come over and visit the newest Bo’s Coffee store at General Santos City!

With over 60 stores and counting all over the Philippines, Bo’s Coffee guarantees that homegrown, freshly-roasted coffee taste that Filipinos surely love. For more details, visit

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bo's Coffee brings the best of Philippine Arabica beans at Coffee Origins 2012

Are you a big fan of homegrown coffee?

This October, have a taste of premium Arabica beans from four of the country’s agricultural wonders as we introduce our 100% Arabica single origins beans at the Coffee Origins 2012 exhibit at the 2nd Level of the Greenbelt 5 Mall, Makati City on October 4-14.

Hailing from the mountains of Sagada and Benguet in the North and from the peaks of Mounts Kitanglad in Bukidnon & Matutum in South Cotabato, these beans were grown at varying levels of elevation. Coffee lovers will undoubtedly be delighted at the intense aroma and complex flavor profile of each freshly roasted batch, so drop by the exhibit and check it out!

Since we’re excited to share the Philippine Arabica coffee experience with everyone, we’re offering you a taste of our Philippine Origins beans at Coffee Origins 2012, which is an annual event spearheaded by the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. We believe in their vision of  helping the Philippine coffee industry regain its status as one of the world’s top sources of coffee, so we’re supporting their other projects as well.

As a special perk for those of you who’ll drop by, we’re giving you a pack of biscotti for every bag of Origins you buy. This treat will only be available at the exhibit, so we hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A tribute to homegrown talent: the Bo's Coffee Latte Art Competition

Making the perfect cup of coffee is an art in itself. But once in a while, we see art drawn on the surface of that cup: a rosetta, heart, tulip, swan, or sometimes even a fire-breathing dragon. For the regular coffee shop customer, latte art is a nice thing, and maybe a gesture that makes the day a little bit brighter. But rarely does anyone appreciate the skill and practice involved in creating latte art. The milk in your espresso drink, simple as it may seem, only turns into a lovely graphic when steamed to the right consistency, poured at the precise height, and manipulated with the correct hand movement. Even the shape of the milk pitcher matters!

That's why Bo's Coffee decided to celebrate its 16th year by paying tribute to homegrown talent. We asked our baristas to submit videos of themselves creating latte art, and then chose the top 16 (8 in Luzon, 8 in VisMin) as finalists in this year's latte art competition. These finalists will compete for the top spot in their respective areas.

But of course, we'd like our customers to enjoy these videos as well! They're a few minutes long each, so we selected the most difficult part of the process called "pouring" and uploaded them for you to view. You'll see the videos at (desktop) or at (mobile). If you like a certain video, be sure to hit that "Like" button under it so that the barista will get a vote. The baristas in each area that have the most likes by October 26, 2012 will receive the People's Choice Award.

We hope you enjoy the videos. Let's support homegrown talent!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Taste the Tropics with the Jasmine Guava Iced Tea

Got your perfect cool down drink yet? Delight your senses in a surprising combination of healthy, fragrant and tropical flavors.   

Bo's Coffee brings you the Jasmine Guava Iced Tea, our new drink this season. A healthy alternative to the caffeine rush from your daily cup of coffee or tea, it has the light and relaxing taste of our Jasmine Green Iced Tea, but with a hint of Guava.   

With its powerful antioxidants, weight loss capacity and the ability to lower the risk of heart diseases, Green Tea brings the health benefits to the Jasmine Guava Iced Tea. With every cup also comes a hint of the subtly sweet aroma of Jasmine, before the whole drinking experience is capped off with the fruity, tropical taste of exotic Guava.  

So, go ahead and treat yourself to a refreshing drink. Have a cup of Jasmine Guava Iced Tea today, at any Bo's Coffee shop near you!

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Two for the Price of One with Froccino Rush

Your Mondays and Thursdays just got better! Buy any one of our Tall Froccino Primo or Freeze beverages and get another Tall variant absolutely FREE on September 13, 17, 20 and 24, from 11 am to 3 pm.

· Mixed Berry Freeze, Matcha Green Tea Freeze, White Chocolate Mocha Froccino Primo variants may be purchased but will not be included as a free take away beverage.

· For more details about the limited offer, ask your friendly Bo's Coffee barista about the promo.

· Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 5833. Series of 2012.

Grab them while you can! :)

The Froccino Rush will not be available in the following branches:
Luzon - Tagaytay, Molito, Greenhills
Visayas - Tabunok, IT Park, Mandaue, all Bohol branches, all Dumaguete branches & all Tacloban branches
Mindanao - All CDO branches & Metro Lifestyle Davao

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Get a cup of coffee or tea when you use your Citi

Get a tall Numi Tea or short brewed coffee with your Citibank Credit Card! Simply use your Citibank Credit Card to pay for a minimum bill of P300 at any participating Bo's Coffee branch:

Metro Manila
  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Katipunan
  • Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4
  • Glorietta 5
  • NAIA 1
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Bonifacio High Street
  • El Molito (Alabang)
  • Resorts World, Newport
  • Ayala Center, Active Zone
  • Ayala Center, Garden Lagoon 
  • Ayala Center, Fully Booked
  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport
  • Cebu Doctors Hospital
  • Raintree Mall
  • Banilad Town Center
  • Capitol
  • SM Cebu (National Bookstore)
  • SM Cebu Fiesta Strip
  • SM Cebu Cinema
  • Perpetual Succour Hospital
  • Robinsons Cybergate
  • SM Iloilo
  • SM Bacolod
  • Metro Lifestyle Complex, Torres, Davao
  • Limketkai, Cagayan de Oro
  • Big R, Cagayan de Oro
  • Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro
Valid until May 14, 2013. Promo is not valid in conjunction with other promos or discounts. For full terms and conditions, visit
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Keep warm with a Salted Caramel Cappuccino

The all-time favorite coffee drink gets a new and exciting twist. In every cup of Salted Caramel Cappuccino, Bo's Coffee's Classic Cappuccino gets infused with that sweet, buttery, and surprisingly salty combination. It’s just what you need to keep warm on a rainy day!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Get a free Bo's Coffee drink when you use your BDO Credit Card

BDO has a Bo's Coffee treat for you! Simply use your BDO credit card for a transaction of P2,000 or more and you get a tall drink, free! Details are below.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Summer Pair promo: Amaretto Biscotti and Trail Mix for P200

Last month, we introduced you to our featured drink this summer. We've paired it with a new product to make your summer days even more yummy! Until May 14 only, you can buy a tall Amaretto Biscotti plus a pack of Trail Mix for only P200. If you haven't tried one or both of them, now's a great chance!

Have a cool summer :)

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Love Bo's Coffee? Get our new brown mug!

A number of our customers have asked if they could buy the mugs we use in our stores. Unfortunately, we can't sell those! But we've listened to your feedback and created a brown version of that mug, which you can buy for only P265. As a special treat for our fans, you'll get a short brewed coffee for free for each mug you buy. This promo started last April 20 and will be available while supplies last.

Last one to get his swag is a bad shot of espresso!!!

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April 2012 blogger meetups at SM North Annex and Glorietta 5

Last April 20 and 21, people from Bo's Coffee met up with more than 40 bloggers in our SM North Annex and Glorietta 5 branches. We certainly had a blast! Thank you to all the bloggers who sat down with us to talk about our company. For those who weren't able to make it, fear not: we'll have more to come!

SM North Annex meetups
Mr. Jojo Cayabyab, Operations Manager of Bo's Coffee

Bo's Coffee Glorietta 5 Meetups
Florencio P. Jusay Jr. (a.k.a. "FPJ Jr.") draws on a paper cup
The finished product
Bo's Coffee Staff L-R: Jancy Seva (Quality Assurance),
Ana Benitez (Marketing), Eddy Widjaja (Logistics)

Special thanks to the following blogs for their posts:

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