I remember it was a rainy Tuesday evening as I was my way home. At that time, I didn’t want to go home yet. Then it came across my mind of having something to drink. I passed by a local coffee shop. I didn’t realize it is a café at first because of its unique name. Out of my curiosity, as I entered the vicinity, I discovered an astonishing place. I was impressed with how well organized it was.
New location: Hillcrest Plaza, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Silang Junction South, Tagaytay City
‘Kuuma’ means ‘hot’ while ‘Kaakao’ means ‘cocoa’ in the Finnish language. The store itself means ‘hot cocoa’. Don’t get me wrong, the store also offers cold drinks and mostly, Filipino delicacies. Wondering why it’s Finnish? I guess the owner got inspired about the country–Finland. It is actually one of the top three coffee-drinking countries in the world whereas the others are Norway and Iceland. As I see to it, the temperature in these countries is really cold. Coffee is a reliever!
Who wouldn’t want to taste these dainty delicacies?
Bibingka Puto bumbong
Bibingka is a type of baked rice cake from the Philippines. It is mainly made of sticky rice topped with salted egg and cheese. It is traditionally cooked in clay pots lined with leaves. On the other hand, puto bumbong is made from a special variety of glutinous rice which has a distinctly purple color.
As you get to visit the spot, it is just a small-built one, but it has several things to offer. If you want to try their snacks, you may consider their best-selling rice cakes ‘bibingka’ and ‘puto bumbong’. Oh my, these are heavenly delicious! In case you’re not into sticky-type, you can gobble their sandwiches like cheese pimiento, chicken, tuna, egg, and menudo-flavored (a spicy Mexican soup made from tripe).
These are best complemented with different preparations of drinks. You can never go wrong with their coffee. Whether it’s hot or cold, they offer their most requested ones such as salted caramel and chocolate + coffee. If you want to sip something different, you can try their mint and basil ones for a change.
Since they moved into a bigger place, they added some pasta on their menu. You’d love to include their spaghetti with meat balls and tuna pesto on your list. The food presentation is nicely set. It helps with mindful eating.
This shop may not be a big one, but the friendly staff makes sure that you’ll have these wonderful creations made with love!