Firstly a big shout out to Pallavi from Zomato for an invitation to attend the coffee Masterclass at Costa Academy situated in Business Bay. The Academy is where all the serious barista training takes place under the auspices of pretty experienced baristas.
I am a fan of all things coffee so I was extremely excited to be at this event, where we got to try out their festive menu and beverages.
Christmas was in the air for sure and we were all in the mood to be merry, especially with all the Christmas gear that we were given.
Costa is a brand that speaks for itself and is the second largest coffee chain in the world and has over 130 outlets in the UAE.
Costa introduced a Christmas line of beverages which included like the praline with 24ct gold dust, caramel popcorn latte and caramel fudge hot chocolate.
The cakes that were offered not only looked scrumptious but tasted amazing too.
I loved the tiramisu, it was fresh light and tasty with light hints of coffee in the mix.
The Red Velvet cupcake could have been slightly moister than it was. I loved the cream cheese icing though very tasty.
The Apple Cake with butter crumble has to be one of my favorites, so delicious and fresh. I loved the crust.
The chocolate cake was simply out of this world. Moist, decadent and totally creamy and yes great for the hips too.
The Strawberry Cheese cake stood out for me, I loved the base and the fluffiness of the cake and the freshness of the strawberries.
The Carrot cake was also beautifully dense with fruity undertones playing in my mouth.
I was so full from all the cake eating that the savory spread of bagels and sandwiches proved too much for my tummy but they looked scrumptious.
We had a session from the head Barista who told spoke passionately about the training that takes place at the Academy. It’s good to know that the baristas are trained to be passionate and skillful in what they do.
After the talk, one of the baristas drew a beautiful Mickey Mouse impression on the cappuccino froth.
We also had a dabble at trying it out. I happened to win this challenge, which was quite cool. I am proud to say that my inner artiste came out to play ha-ha.
It was an eventful educational and fun filled evening. It was such a great evening which swiftly got me into Christmas spirits. It is indeed the season to be jolly.
In our goodie bags were the most crunchiest and delicious Christmas tree shaped biscuits I have had in a long time. They tasted a bit like ginger cookies with perfect icing.
Thank you also for my awesome Mr. Snow Man Mug.
Thank you Pallavi and Zomato for an amazing festive experience. The new menu looks exciting and jovial. I love it!