Let the Cakes Begin: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

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While folks pour in Starbucks and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) for their Christmas stamps, I veer away from this trend of pouring out more cash – during the very season I need it the most. Hence, no drinks for me. December is drought season.

But cakes are very much welcome, as always. A girl’s gotta eat.

Starbucks with its perpetual queue was out of my impatient list, giving CBTL the opportunity to amaze me with their chiller stash. And so let the cake weekend begin.

Coffee bean tea leaf Blueberry Cheesecake Manila

Blueberry Cheesecake

CBTL cheesecakes are known for being on the rich and satisfying side, the Triple Decker Cheesecake being a five-star class on its own. The Blueberry Cheesecake looked just as luscious from afar, it was time to get ahold of this purple presence.

The cheesecake dominated the entire serving which was lovely, though the graham crust was a bit on the boring side. The cheesecake has a citrus-y hint that not everybody might welcome. It’s very subtle though, and I noticed it only because I was eating way slower than usual. All in all, this is a superb cheesecake but sinful as I am, the Triple Decker would always be my top-of-mind preference.

CBTL Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Similar to Starbucks’ Chocolate Cake, CBTL’s counterpart, well, just looks the part. Fudgy and 100% chocolate, it is the undeniable draw for anyone who wants a sweet kick. A bite though would simply reveal its true nature that it is far from the Starbucks variety. A bit crumbly and the chocolate frosting just not “it” I would pass up this CBTL creation.

After all, with cheesecakes and cookies galore, why settle for a lesser cake? And don’t worry some Starbucks cakes have issues too (and it starts with VIA).


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