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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Coffee Pod Cafe

Naga City - How many homegrown coffee shops do we have in Naga? Quite a lot now. Aside from mushrooming banks, coffee shops has recently mushroomed in every nook of the city. All of these coffee shops have unique flavors and stylish interiors. Perhaps the common denominator of these coffee shops are coffee, pasta and or pastries. Prices vary across different coffee shops and serving size is always a consideration. Well, tastes will be always subjective for every customer. Let me take you to a pod like you've never seen before.

Location: In front of Tapsi Terminal along Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City.
Front door, Unit H, DSI bldg., Magsaysay Ave., Naga City

Young Blood Bicolana EntrepreneurThe Coffee Pod is owned by a 22 year old lady named Shai Bolvar. Bicolano entrepreneurs is become younger and younger these days and just look how amazing is the turnout. She loves to cook and bake for her friends and she decided to venture into her own business after establishing first Spices and Cream as their family business. Yup you read it right, Spices and Cream is their family business, The Coffee Pod is her own brand. Both the recipes from Spices and Cream and The Coffee Pod is Shai's ingenuity but they do not overlap when it comes to the kind of food. It just shows how creative she is in making her own recipes from coffee down to pastries and pasta.

Use the hastag #CoffeePodPh and tag @TheCoffeePod on Instagram

Morning Person. Café Hours is from 8am to 11pm. Yey for coffeeholics looking for coffee shops in the morning.

"Instagrammable". The Coffee Pod is where your food is not just a new fad but a daily companion. The food being reasonably priced but not sacrificing the taste will keep you coming back for more. The place is simple but hip and oh so "instagrammable".

Emerging artist MarianneYvette Rodriguez Ducut, painted this huge mural on the wall of the café and other artworks that you can find in there. She is also an online social media influencer to thousands of netizens. 

Happy and satisfied customers. 
Don't forget to write yours too during your visit and don't forget to tag @NagaCityDeck on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Now consider this, if your cafe offers board games and cards as one their service, you should be thankful, they want you to stay longer! Nice, isn't it? 

Reasonably priced. Student-friendly priced but the food does come with a professional taste especially on the pasta. Hot drinks starts at P30 to P60, cold ones at P50 to P100. Sandwiches from P80 to P90 and pasta from P95 to P115. Surprisingly low but amazingly delicious. Budget conscious people will surely enjoy this cafe. 

*Prices are subject to change without prior notice*
DRINKS: Coffee based and Non-coffee based
black coffee 30/40, coffee cream 40/50, latte 50/60, mocha 60/70, chocolate 50/60,
butter beer 90/100, cookie crumble 90, frozen monkey 90, mocha 80, caramel 80, choco chip 80
iced tea 50, strawberry lemonade 60
taro 80, vanilla 80, watermelon 80

PASTA: pesto pasta 95, tuna setti 95, aglio olio 105, lasagna style 95, arrabiata 95, specialchicken 105
chicken carbonara 105, white seafood pasta 115

SANDWICHES and PANCAKES:  special chilidog 90, ham and cheese 90, clubhouse 90, banana and nutella 80, peanut butter and jelly 80, blueberry pancakes 90, rainbow candy pancakes 80, chocolate chip pancakes 90.

Coffee Pod also serves Pizza Bread P30 and Muffin Cups  P30 (in Blueberry and Choco Chip)
Cookie Crumble P90 and Choco Chip Pancake P80

Up: Cookie Crumble for only P90
Down: talk of the town "Butter Beer" served hot or cold for P90/P100

Loved the Special Chilidog!

The Ham and Cheese P90
Photo by Black and White Scribbles

Clubhouse P90
Photo by Black and White Scribbles
 Though the pasta is for a single order, the price is right for the serving size. There are other coffee shops in Naga having serving size as these or even lesser but with a higher price tag.
Aglio Olio P105 and Peso Pasta P95

Spicy Chicken P105
Photo by Black and White Scribbles
Lasagna Style P95
Photo by Black and White Scribbles
NagaCityDeck's favorites #NcDfaves are: 
Drinks: Butter Beer and Frozen Monkey
Pasta: Aglio Olio and White Seafood Pasta
Sandwich: Special Chilidog

I must admit though, I haven't tried everything during our taste testing event, that's why I still have to go back.
Arrabiata P95, Aglio Olio P105, Blueberry Pancake P90
Chocolate Chip Pancake P90, White Seafood Pasta (with Tahong on top) P115
Violet Drink is the Taro and pinkish one is Watermerlon

There you have it guys, another coffee shop is now along Magsaysay Avenue that you can try. 
Loyalty Card: Free coffee on your 6th visit! IG Photo by @yvetteducut
The taste testing at The Coffee Pod happened to be on the day of my birthday and a Bicol Bloggers event at the same time. I could not thank everyone enough. I am truly touched by the surprise of #BicolBloggers. Thank you for the balloons, the song, The Coffee Pod Muffins Cups and the effort especially Nick Astig!! And of course Ms. Shai of the Coffee Pod because I instantly had a birthday party. Dios Mabalos!


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