While my wife, Josie, was out and about with one of her sisters, she spotted the Haus Blend Café Mocha at a local 7-Eleven store she’d stopped in. She immediately thought of me.
As I mentioned in my most recent Internet news article, I had to abstain from drinking coffee until today. It causes my blood pressure to spike for about an hour. Since I no longer have to worry about getting it read, I’m going to enjoy drinking coffee as much as possible.
Unless you live in the Philippines, you’ve probably never heard of Haus Blend iced coffee. It’s bottled by the Zest-O Corporation in Quezon City, Philippines (metro Manila).
Neither Josie nor I have seen this coffee brand anywhere other than 7-Eleven but then, we haven’t really been looking. I usually drink Nescafé Classic (hot coffee instant) at home. That brand is also packaged in the Philippines, as well as many other places in the world.
If you want to know why there’s a bunch of 7-Eleven stores in the Philippines, it’s because 7- Eleven is a Japanese-owned American international chain of convenience stores. It’s headquartered in Irving, Texas.
When I go into grocery stores, I seem to home in on coffee drinks. I usually spot at least one brand I’ve never seen before.
There’s a large coffee plantation in the Cavite province. There may be more plantations in other provinces, but this is the only one I know about. It’s the home of some civets and where some of the expensive civet coffee (called “kape alamid” here) comes from.
There’s also a lot of imported coffee brands. I’ve seen most major American brands in the stores here, including Folgers, Maxwell House and Yuban. Don’t ask me to name more because I don’t have the list memorized.
But it can be done. A few years ago, when I was headed to some place in Manila, I stopped at a McDonald’s with my driver, Alex (who’s also Josie’s brother-in-law). The coffee was burnt!
When the three of us (Josie, Alex and me) went to watch Deadpool 2 at the Harbor Point mall, I bought a “Black Forest” flavored coffee drink. It was inexpensive. Unfortunately, it was also nasty. I don’t know what the barista did to screw it up. The only ingredients I recognized were the Nescafé instant coffee and the whipped cream.