Thursday, May 30, 2019

Harlan+Holden Coffee now open in BGC

We've all heard the saying "Time is Gold" when we were younger. But it was only a few years back when I got a better understanding of what it truly meant. With the feeling that 24 hours a day not enough to have things done, I tried so many hacks to make myself more efficient. But I still end up rushing doing this and that, especially getting from point A to point B. Thankfully, there are a bunch of online services and apps to help me multitask and I sure am glad that there's a coffee shop that thought of a way to save us coffee lovers precious minutes.

Hello, Harlan+Holden Coffee!
The posh retail shop Harlan+Holden finally opens another branch of its coffee shop concept and this time, it's at One Bonifacio High Street!
Unlike Glasshouse which offers a wide menu from breakfast to heavy meals and coffee to wine, its BGC branch caters to the on-the-go BGC crowd who need a cup or two of their favorite caffeine. But unlike other cafes that sell the same thing, Harlan+Holden offers something more and that's time. 
With its Harlan Holden app, you get to order and pay for your drinks and even pastries before getting to the shop. Just swing by to pick it up and go. Or you may also enjoy your coffee inside Harlan+Holden's industrial chic space. 
I decided to go with Iced Mocha and Iced Matcha Green Tea Cortado (both priced PHP100 in the app as part of its soft opening promo) and ordered using the cafe's app. Unfortunately, I got an error saying my credit card's expired when I was about to pay for my drinks. One of Harlan+Holden's owners, Erica, assisted me and had my orders placed using her account. She even took care of my bill! (Thank you, Erica!)
Once order has been placed and paid, remember to take note of your order number for you'll need it when you claim your drinks. Also, make sure that you're at the shop within 30 minutes to avoid having your drinks thrown away. 
Since there were not a lot of guests when I dropped by around noon, my drinks were ready in 5 minutes or so. 
The cups of my drinks confused me as I was sure that I ordered iced drinks but both were served on hot drink containers. Perhaps they avoid using plastic cups?
My Iced Matcha Green Tea Cortado is served on a 8 oz cup but it's actual serving size is about half of the cup. It may be a bit pricey for a few gulps but its taste would make you think otherwise. This matcha drink is one of the best I've had in Manila! 
The green tea flavor is definitely there and blended harmoniously with steamed milk. But what I loved most about it is the slight graininess of matcha which gave the drink more depth. 
Iced Mocha was originally for my sister but she found it a bit too strong for her liking. I ended up having it for myself. I took a sip after an hour of having it and it turned a bit too watered down. I did understand why my sister commented that it was strong. It had that pronounced coffee and tablea-like taste. 
Since I messed up this drink, I'll go back to try it again and perhaps go for hot mocha instead. 
Overall, I was pretty happy with the quick service and how convenient coffee run became with the app. I found a new favorite matcha drink and I'll definitely drop by again for more!

Harlan+Holden Coffee is located at Ground Floor, One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 5th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

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