Want to have your cup of coffee or tea somewhere other than a café? Then head on to Shangri-La Plaza’s East Atrium to catch the last weekend of ‘Coffee, Tea and All That Jazz,’ a festival that invites guests to savor their favorite beverages through interactive activities (yes, you may brew your own java or cha), all while enjoying topnotch jazz music.
Ongoing until March 29, this 10-day festival gathers well-known coffee and tea brands present inside the mall, among them Figaro Café, Breville, Espressamente Illy, Starbucks, Crabtree & Evelyn, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Di Bella by Cravings Group to strut their best cups; with related products from tenants like Powerbooks and National Bookstore for coffee table books, and Rustan’s Department Store, D&K Kitchen Essentials and True Value for kitchenware also given the spotlight.
At the helm of the project is Shangri-La Plaza executive vice president Lala Fojas, who related at the festival launch, “Coffee, Tea and All That Jazz at The Shang is our way of indulging our patrons’ love for beverages. With the best coffee, tea and complementary brands housed at our mall, we look forward to giving our guests a truly pleasurable experience.”
Asked what inspired them to mount the unique festival, Fojas said they took inspiration from French bistros and brought together the concept-suited tenants and their products in a “curated and artistic way.”
As for the musical element of the festival, local jazz acts tapped to play live music include Brass Munkeys, Moira dela Torre, The Executives, and Cara Manglapus. Vince Lahora performs on closing day.
Besides lounging around and listening to jazz, guests are also encouraged to join in demonstrations and talks to be facilitated by The Philippine Barista and Coffee Academy Inc. Learn about espresso roasting, brewing methods, latte art, baking and coffee pairing, and develop a deeper appreciation for coffee and tea.
Meanwhile, a must-try at the festival is the Di Bella coffee over at the Cravings Group booth. According to company executive Em Luna, Di Bella Coffee is guided by the “crop to cup” philosophy.
The brand is in fact Australia’s “most favorite coffee” founded by Phillip Di Bella who is considered “Coffee King” of the Land sDown Under. He personally flew to the Philippines in 2014 to sign a partnership with Cravings Group, which now exclusively offers the specialty coffee in the country.
Also be sure to check out coffee brewing machines offered by Breville, considered the most affordable among its kind; and by Espressamento Illy, a pioneer in the single-capsule coffee brewing.
For inquiries, call 370-2500 local 597 or visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage. Follow the Shang on Instagram: @shangrilaplazaofficial.