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Gift Idea: A Cool Way To Get A Caffeine Fix

There's a new one-touch system that allows you to create cafe-style beverages. It will look great on your kitchen counter--or wrapped up as a Christmas gift!

Most of us can hardly function in the morning without a proper cup of coffee. But regular trips to our favorite brewery can put a serious dent on our wallet, and instant powder mixes don't always hit the spot. Lucky for us, there's a locally-available innovation that can help us create authentic cafe beverages as soon as we roll out of bed! And we have the perfect excuse to get it: It would make a great Christmas present to loved ones who are coffee-lovers or as a personal investment when we get our year-end bonus!

Whether you're a casual tea drinker or a coffee connoisseur, you'll have no trouble figuring out how to work The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: The CBTL Single-Serve Beverage System (P13,750). Any coffee and tea lover who's fond of sampling various caffeine beverages would consider this a great investment (or the perfect gift) because it's capable of creating over 50 of your favorite CBTL beverages! The minimalist design by Caffitaly System is easy to operate: At the press of a button, you can create your own drink in less than 30 seconds! The sleek, modern style of the machine also makes for a great tabletop accessory to show off when friends come over.

To use, just insert a drink capsule modeled after their cafe menu, select your cup size, and voila! You've got your steaming brew. The current selection includes four brewed coffee options (House, Decaf House, Viennese, and French), four espresso variants (Italian, Premium, Premium Decaf, and Continental), and four of their top-selling tea blends (Breakfast, Moroccan Mint, Chai, and Tropical Passion). Don't see your beverage of choice? Don't worry, more flavors will be available soon!

If you or your loved ones already have this machine, then you may want to purchase the capsules as gifts instead. A box of 10 only costs P400, while the sampler pack of 12 assorted capsules sells for P480. The prettiest choice is a stylish wooden box (P1,750) filled with 24 assorted capsules. They also have flavored powder sachets for customizing your drinks, just as you would at the self-service counter in a coffee shop: try them in French Deluxe Vanilla and Special Dutch Chocolate (P495 each for a box of eight).

The CBTL Single-Serve Beverage System ultra-modern Kaldi model comes in four colors to suit one's style and personality. Launch the gallery to see all variants!

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf branches are located at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Greenbelt 3, Rockwell Power Plant, Greenhills Promenade, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Ermita, Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Mall, Gateway Mall, TriNoma, Katipunan Avenue, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, Newport City, Shangri-La Plaza, Bonifacio High Street, and other venues across Metro Manila and Cebu. See their website for a full list of locations.

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