Starbucks Reserve opens in Makati!

The first ever high-end Starbucks store, Starbucks Reserve, opened in its first Philippine store last summer along Tomas Morato.

Starbucks Reserve MakatiTo date, there are 5 Starbucks Reserve stores in the Philippines and for now they are all in Metro Manila. The newest one to open its doors is located in Makati City, specifically the ground floor of the Signa Designer Residences on Valero cor. Rufino Streets. The first thing I noticed was the high ceiling — it made everything seem larger than life!

Starbucks Reserve MakatiI was greeted by cheery baristas manning the ordering area.

Starbucks Reserve MakatiStarbucks Reserve also introduced The Clover Brewing System, a coffee brewing system that uses innovative Vaccuum-Press technology to create your perfect cup right in front of you. Yes, ALL Starbucks Reserve stores are now using this.

Starbucks Reserve MakatiWe watched the coffee brew.

Starbucks Reserve MakatiImpressive! He brewed two of Starbucks Reserve Featured Coffees, Malawi Peaberry Sable Farms and Peru Chonti for our coffee-tasting session.

Starbucks Reserve MakatiWe were all given small tasting cups. The Starbucks Reserve Malawi Peaberry Sable Farms coffee was served over ice while the Peru Chonti was served hot. I really enjoyed the light flavor of the Malawi coffee — very refreshing!

Starbucks Reserve MakatiStarbucks Reserve Hazelnut Praline Eclair

Starbucks Reserve has expanded its menu and now offers more than their trademark muffins and scones. They now serve eclairs in 3 decadent flavors:

  • Hazelnut Praline
  • White Chocolate Vanilla
  • Salted Caramel

Starbucks Reserve MakatiStarbucks Reserve Salted Caramel Eclair

I liked the Salted Caramel Eclair best as it was a good mix of salty and sweet! it’s topped with rice krispies too. I skipped the hazelnut because I’m not a fan of Nutella and I was expecting something that tastes like Nutella.

Starbucks Reserve MakatiStarbucks Reserve White Chocolate Vanilla Eclair

I tried the white chocolate eclair but found the coating a tad too sweet although I enjoyed the cream custard and vanilla bean filling.

Starbucks Reserve MakatiAlso got to try something savory — Italian Garlic Cream Cheese on Multi-Grain Bread!

Starbucks Reserve MakatiI did however like the Cinnamon Cream Cheese on Raisin Walnut Bagel better. This is seriously so so so good!

Starbucks Reserve MakatiThey gave out bite-sized sampler portions of their new Chocolate Caramel Tart too. I like bite-sized sweets because I don’t end up over-indulging. 🙂

Starbucks Reserve MakatiOh my my… just look at that rich buttery caramel oozing out! The tart shell is chocolate-flavored too. Very indulgent. It’s so divine and it will definitely go well with a piping hot cup of Starbucks Reserve coffee!

Starbucks Reserve MakatiFinally got to try one of Starbucks’ newest handcrafted beverage, the French Vanilla Latte (P160 for Grande). Starbucks Espresso Roast combined with steamed milk and creamy French Vanilla sauce for a lovely hot drink that’s not overly sweet. I loved how the dark chocolate curls on top would melt in my mouth as I sipped.  It was so perfect for that rainy afternoon. The other new beverage is Dark Caramel Latte — same base of Starbucks Espresso Roast combined with steamed milk but with dark caramel sauce. It’s topped whipped cream and caramel flan drizzle. It’s definitely the sweeter of the two. Since I’m averse to the overly sweet, French Vanilla Latte is my choice.

Pricing for the 2 new beverages are as follows:

  • Starbucks French Vanilla Latte – P145 Tall / P160 Grande / P170 Venti
  • Starbucks Dark Caramel Latte – P160 Tall / P180 Grande / P190 Venti

Here’s a list of Starbucks Reserve stores:

  • Tomas Morato, Quezon City
  • Eight Forbestown, Burgos Circle, Taguig City
  • Keyland Centre, Makati City
  • Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City
  • Signa Designer Residences, Makati City

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