There’s Always Something You Can Do About Stress

Deadlines. Readings. Work submissions. Backlogs. Relationships. Issues. These are just some of the things that may bring stress in our lives especially if we fail to manage them. Sometimes, we get obsessed with our responsibilities to the point that we make ourselves believe that we are incapable of achieving them. Well, the good news is that there is always something we can do about it. We have the capability to change “I am stressed” days to “I am absolutely happy and carefree” days.


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The True Espresso: Top 3 Countries that Brew It Best

Every morning, we wake up to the smell of roasted coffee beans. It starts our day and refreshes our mind. But what if you knew that there’s better coffee out there? That it is actually greener on the other side?

Giorgio Milos, the master barista at Italy’s illy, visited New York City and was disappointed by the espresso he received. It wasn’t fresh, it wasn’t tasty, and it wasn’t an espresso. He wrote that “what is called espresso here sometimes really isn’t espresso.” According to him, some baristas simply haven’t learned to walk before they’ve run with their espresso recipes.



So, taking Milos’ critique, here’s a list of countries that have the best espressos for any coffee lover that simply wants to see the grass on the other side.

Italy


Of course, we’ll start with Milos’ home country. Coffee is part of the culture in Italy and it’s extremely rare to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a cup at least five times a day. So, naturally it’s the best place to find an authentic espresso. The espresso in Italy uses robusta beans and has an ashy charred burnt taste. However, when you’re in Italy, don’t say the word “espresso”. It’s not an everyday word in Italy and instead an espresso is known as un caffè.

Austria


Although it may not be the first place you think of when you think espresso, it is an extremely important part of the country’s culture and history. Some of Vienna’s coffee houses were even listed by UNESCO in 2011 as Intangible Heritage. The city also hosted the World Barista Championships in 2012, and ever since then has improved the quality of their espresso. If you take a trip to Vienna, be sure to visit Café Central, which is known as being the most beautiful cafe in the world.

Singapore


Coffee has always been at the center of life in Singapore. However, they’ve only recently embraced modern espresso technology. This newness to the espresso scene has allowed the country to experiment with their espresso and create beautiful masterpieces. The espressos in Singapore are simply legendary. When taking a trip to the country, try to visit Nylon Coffee Roasters, Ronin, or Symmetry to get a taste of what you’ve been missing.

If you’re looking for a coffee adventure, any one of these countries will give provide you with the cream of the crop. But be warned – the grass truly is greener on the other side.

Who Wants Free Starbucks Coffee For 360 Days? 4,380 Drinks for 2018!


Starbucks Philippines welcomes 2018 with a bang! One of its latest promotions include offering FREE COFFEE FOR A YEAR and FREE COFFEE FOR A MONTH forty (40) lucky customers. 

Win these!

  • Starbucks for a Month: 360 Beverage Stars equivalent to 30 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons.  (20 WINNERS)      
  • Starbucks for a Year: 4,380 Beverage Stars equivalent to 365 complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to 2 add-ons. (20 WINNERS)

Mechanics:

  • All holders of the  Special Edition Kape Vinta Starbucks Card card are eligible to join the raffle promo. 
  • To earn a raffle entry, activate the Vinta card by loading Php 300 at any Starbucks store in the Philippines and registering a My Starbucks Rewards account from January 1 to 31, 2018.
  • Raffle entries will be electronically generated by Starbucks Philippines. 
  • There will be two (2) Draw Dates with a total of twenty (20) winners per draw that will be chosen through raffle. 
    • January 19, 2018 (5:00 PM) - Twenty (20) Starbucks for a Month
    • February 9, 2018 (5:00 PM) - Twenty (20) Starbucks for a Year
  • Prizes for each draw will be as follows and announcement of winners will be through Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook Page.
  • The winners will be notified through the e-mail addresses provided in their contact details during the registration of the Vinta card.
  • A Starbucks Philippines customer can win only once during a draw.
  • Non-winning and winning raffle entries will automatically be included in the next draw.
  • To claim their prizes, the winners must personally appear at Rustan Coffee Corporation, 4/F Rustan Coffee Building, 14 Jupiter St. cor. Asteroid St., Bel Air 1, Makati City and present the copy of the email notification they received, the Special Edition Kape Vinta Starbucks Card that matches the card information of the winning entry, and a valid I.D with picture.
  • Prizes may be claimed within sixty (60) calendar days after the receipt of the official notification from Starbucks Philippines. Otherwise, they shall be forfeited in favor of sponsor with prior approval of DTI.


The Special Edition Kape Vinta Starbucks Card is available only to those who have obtained the 2018 Starbucks Planner. 

"Just as they did twenty years ago,  Filipinos came to Starbucks for something they can't find anywhere else  the warm smiles of our barristas, our passion for coffee and the perfect setting to connect with friends and loved ones. These enduring qualities have become a tradition in the Philippines and around the world. We've built so much because of you  our Filipino partners (employees) and customers. Let's celebrate twenty years together."  Starbucks Philippines