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What’s Hot in 2021: A Barista’s List of Must-Try Coffee Drinks

What's next after all the rage in dalgona and milk tea? Coffee house manager Kim Balictar spills the beans!

For many Filipinos, coffee isn’t just the first thing they drink upon waking up in the morning— it’s also their beverage of choice throughout the day. 

In a 2017 report by the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc., the consumption of coffee— roast and ground, instant, or specialty—in the Philippines has risen significantly, from 75 metric tons (Mt) in 2002 to 170,000 Mt 15 years later. The country is also one of the leading markets for soluble (or instant) coffee in the world. 

Besides perking you up, coffee offers numerous health benefits: from preventing a slew of diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, stroke) to protecting your liver and heart, says a study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. However, the Mayo Clinic advises limiting your intake to no more than four cups a day, as consuming anything beyond that may lead to headache, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, muscle tremors, and in extreme cases, death. (Read: 3 Delicious Non-Coffee Drinks to Keep You Alert at Work)

While we all have our go-to brews, it’s also nice to start the day or look forward to a fresh new taste to an old favorite. Kim Balictar, manager of a branch of one of the popular coffee houses in the Metro and a barista for three years, tells us what’s hot in hot and cold coffee choices.

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Kim Balictar, manager of a branch of one of the popular coffee houses in the Metro and a barista for three years, tells us what’s hot in hot and cold coffee choices. (Photo courtesy of subject)

What types of coffee do most Filipinos go for?

I’ve been in the coffee industry for years, and most of the times, guests’ coffee preference depends on their age. Those aged 40 and above prefer hot drinks, unsweetened ones— mostly black, brewed coffee, or hot Americano. Young ones prefer ice-blended drinks topped with whipped cream. (Read: Three DIY coffee drinks you can make aside from Dalgona)

Were people ordering a lot of coffee during the pandemic? 

While it’s true that the pandemic affected a lot of businesses, we have also seen a transformation in the way people buy their food. With just a few clicks and the help of our food aggregators, you can have your favorite cup of coffee delivered right to your doorstep. This only goes to show that no virus can stop our fellow coffee lovers from enjoying their favorite cup of coffee.

What are the coffee trends (hot and cold) of 2021? 

With the ongoing pandemic, RTD (ready-to-drink) coffee started emerging. In the past months, we’ve been seeing RTD coffee being sold in-store and online. (Read: Wanna try the Pope’s favorite desserts? We know where to get them!)

However, in your next visit to a coffee shop, you might want to try the black-and-white mocha. It’s a combination of dark and white chocolate sauce and the milk used is half cream, half milk, to give you a creamy and balanced coffee. It can be served hot or cold. For blended drinks, try the Javanilla. This is a coffee ice cream base drink. You can have it classic, with a hint of raspberry, or with a cookie. 

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RTD Series coffees from Connector Coffee Co. (Photos from Connector Coffee Co. Instagram)

Milk tea was all the rage in 2019. What drink will succeed it?

Perhaps yogurt and affogato drinks will surpass the golden age of milk tea. An innovation of the usual affogato was being offered in some coffee shops and I must say it’s a real must-try. (Read: 3 Popular Delicacies That Can Now Be Delivered to Metro Manila)

As for yogurt, aside from it being versatile, we also know its many health benefits. It’s a healthy way to indulge in your cravings without feeling guilty. 

After the dalgona coffee in 2020, what new thing can we make at home this year?

Have you heard of Vietnamese coffee? Make your egg mixture first: Get 2 egg yolks, sugar (optional), and condensed milk (just a little), then mix together (manually or with a mixer) until it reaches its soft peaks form. (Read: 3 Delicious Nutella Recipes for the Chocoholic in You)

Once done, for a better presentation, you can add a little condensed milk at the bottom of your cup. Pour your coffee (instant, pour-over, drip will do) then place your egg mixture on top of it. You can also sprinkle chocolate powder on top. 

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Photo from Eat, Little Bird

While this sounds crazy because of the coffee-and-egg combination, the drink is very creamy and definitely a must-try. Enjoy!  

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