Coffee is for Closers | Would you judge a Macchiato by its smell?

The Tahitian vanilla component is not actually more of a taste bud experience but an “air in the mouth” sensation.

Starbucks Philippines offers back its Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato. Have you tried it? Here is how it is sizzled. Available in hot, iced and blended, It is an infusion of (1) velvety steamed milk (2) with aromatic, caramelly Tahitian vanilla syrup, topped with Starbucks Signature Espresso and finished with (3) vanilla bean specks and (4) vanilla drizzle in a classic double crosshatch pattern.

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I always want my coffee as hot. I love Starbucks’ mainstay caramel macchiato. Though it tends to be too sweet at times, I still enjoy asking for a free glass of water especially when I am on the last 1/4 of the portion. Considering that this new drink is a “caramelly” vanilla syrup made beverage with the intriguing “Tahitian” flair, I chose to try a new drink in its blended format for the first time. I preconceive it being way too sweet with the assumption that, the hot version might not be ideally sweet for me (as caramel macchiato being the sweetness reference) and that the ice in the blended version may at least try to neutralize the sweetness.

How it really tastes?


Not really too sweet. Totally the opposite of what I have expected that it might be irritant to the (my) throat. It smells the expected subtle vanilla sweetness. The first palate experience on every first sip is dictated with a caramelly sensation. As you try to take time enjoying, the after taste is dominated with the Tahitian vanilla component which is not actually more of a taste bud experience but an “air in the mouth” sensation. I would never judge a Macchiato or any drink’s sweetness ever again plainly through its vanilla smell nor through knowing that it contains a vanilla. A revelation from this taste test is that vanilla, Tahitian Vanilla to be specific, has a sweetness which is not from the tongue. And that for me is delicious, delightful and healthy.

This is a new palate experience every Macchiato fan should try. I would try the hot version soon.


Coffee is for Closers | Starbucks Christmas drinks, leather planner to boost your Q4 Sales, 2018 targets

Maximize this season’s purchasing confidence with sweet twists of your prospect’s usual cup of coffee while letting them realize how lovely it is to be an owner of what you are pitching.

It is always exciting to close deals on the last quarter. Consumers, because of year-end bonuses, are bent on owning something they love. Maximize this purchasing confidence with sweet twists of your prospect’s usual cup of coffee while letting them realize how lovely it is to be an owner of what you are pitching. Set the meeting at their nearest Starbucks cafe and get your lay down owners the red cups they deserve.


The red cups are back and these are for the red leads. Sweet irresistible overtures blinking a yuletide vibe of whopping new accounts on your pipeline. Close on spot at Starbucks! These are for master Closers like you too!

Decadent dark mocha topped with green tea whipped cream and finished with glittering sprinkles of green and red candies. VANILLA NOUGAT LATTÉ (below L)
Rich taste of custard-like, slightly floral French vanilla and nougat notes. TOFFEE NUT CRUNCH LATTÉ (below R)
Toffee nut syrup blended with velvety steamed milk and espresso shots. Topped with whipped cream and crunchy toffee nut crunch toppings. *All also available in Iced and Frappuccino® (Coffee-based and cream-based) format.





May it be a slow cooked marinated turkey, herbed egg omelet, slow roasted Christmas ham or a Mexican flavored chicken breast fillet, Starbucks got your Yuletide feast covered. All best with your choice of any Starbucks beverage. A seventeen (17) layers of crêpe with Belgian chocolate cream filling cake is also a new favorite!

Roasted Turkey and Chicken with Bacon on Cranberry Bread
(Below clockwise) CHICKEN FAJITA ROLL, 



Chocolate Crepe Cake

Hit Your 2018 Sales Goals with Leather-encased Planner

Starbucks Philippines 2018 Planner_4Apart from the leather sleeves that exudes corporate appeal, inside are a stencil ruler to mark important dates and a cleverly-designed calendar that can be folded in a shape of a cup to keep you abreast on your sales performance. May it be naked or sleeved, indeed a motivating and organizing tool to set more sales appointments and scale up more lucrative deals for 2018. Available in “blue and green hues” reminiscent of the calm of the season or the “warm pigments orange” that is as festive as the Kape Vinta card it frames. Which color would you love to own?


  1. PhP 7,000 single receipt: Bulk purchase of food and other retail items (merchandise, whole bean and Starbucks VIA®, Teavana®) worth PhP 7,000 entitles the customer to one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner.
  2. 9 + 9 Stickers: Avail of a Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card from November 2, 2017 to January 8, 2018 for free at any Starbucks store. Collect eighteen (18) stickers, to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner. Nine (9) Holiday Featured Beverages and Nine (9) Any Starbucks Core Handcrafted Beverage of your choice EXCEPT bottled beverages .*Collect stickers from November 2, 2017 to January 8, 2018. Redeem your Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner until March 8, 2018, at any Philippine Starbucks stores.



“Hot caramel macchiato in a mug please.”

This year’s Starbucks Christmas menu seemly rephrase this usual plea to my barista. Definitely be spending more of the days to Christmas at Starbucks, may it be a sales meeting or a usual “Coffee is for Closers” off-day. For this season, It would be,

“Hot toffee nut crunch latte in the red cup please. And roasted turkey and chicken with bacon on cranberry bread.”

Starbucks Christmas menu is available by November 2 until January 8, 2018 ONLY. To share in the experience, please visit in stores or online at

Unbox the Fun: Choosing a daily Work-Life Fun

No matter how it’s wrapped, there’s always that emotional twitch as your hands get nearer to anything that’s covered.

Love the launching phrase to begin with. Such a grabber! – “Unbox the Fun”. During the launching event in fact, it seemed like I’m seeing a gigantic box slowly being lowered from the ceiling as the program nears to the divulgence of the intriguing new fun products. I have to say the phrase is such a stimulant, opportune for a launching event. My speculations thrilled me segment after segment that night. It’s always been exciting to open a box. No matter how it’s wrapped, there’s always that emotional twitch as your hands get nearer to anything that’s covered.

After leaving a fun hangover in Palawan, Mister Donut’s “Unbox the Fun” groundbursts in Davao, March 16 at the Duterte street branch, Quirino Avenue, bringing more festivities to the city’s 80th Charter Day.

It’s always been exciting to open a box. No matter how it’s wrapped, there’s always that emotional twitch as your hands get nearer to anything that’s covered.


imageFor hot food predators like me, this is a new fun prey! Mister Donut’s first fried-on-spot donuts served in their dine shops, the WICKED PUFFS. May it be a day of stressful board room discussions or a smooth close of a deal, let the sprinklings manage those buds to revitalize your working mood. Sprinkle, top, or swirl sweet and vibrant choices of Hazelnut, Belgian chocolates and Strawberries and cream. I don’t want to suggest that this is a perfect post shift therapy  (and gastronomy!) to relieve some tensions out for that another hassle the next day. Ask you work buddy after 5 and have fun 35PhP for 6!


imageExhibit events, site visits or any out-from-desk deliverables can be a total exhaustion. Not to mention, the summer sun is now slowly scorching our integuments which piles a reason more of impatience at times especially if the work day isn’t that so smooth. A super quencher which you could indulge handy for your on-the-go kind of day or a short break venting-out inside the cozier Mister Donut cafes, the world’s best brew is given with a freezing touch, Mister Donut’s BREWZEES. For 70PhP, this doesn’t hurt your frugal millennial pocket turning the occasional to a habitual frozen coffee ritual. Not the bad work day, just the frozen coffee ritual. Habitual.


imageWe may have differences with our team mates but it’s always been therapeutic to spend a work break with them. After all, methods and personality may vary, but we are in unison with our team goal. Initiate this office fellowship with the bigger portions of our all time favorite Bavarian and Choco Cake donuts.  With the same then price, a box would surely lubricate the team’s determination with a fun touch still at 18PhP a piece.


May it be selling a product to a prospect, a system to the share holders or simply your idea to your head and the team, Doughnut-Coffee tandem will always be a power sales tool morsel in and outside the pitch room. The sweetness of these dough, ringed or filled just tastefully complement with the coffee. Work is work but you could make it fun. Unbox that closer in you who persuades for the elusive choice of daily work-life fun.