First Tasting – Cafe Punta del Cielo

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments about my V-day Baileys Cheesecake ~ I would now like to announce… Mr Bao LIKED it ๐Ÿ™‚ As a matter of fact, he said it was one of the best cakes I’ve made to date! Mission complete!

I hope you all had a fantastic Valentine’s day filled with LOVE ~ and remember everyday can be Valentine’s day if you wanted it to be ~

Getting on with the post, I would first like to thank Leon from Walee Walee.com for contacting me and inviting me to my first ever food tasting event. When I started this food blog a few months ago, I never in my life dreamt of the encouragement I’ll receive and the amazing people I’ll meet. However, having said that, I was very hesitant about going to the tasting and writing this post and have been putting it off for a few weeks, because I would never want to sell out my blog for any products or tasting events, therefore, I will write this post like all my other posts and that is to be completely honest and with integrity ๐Ÿ™‚

For those who have been reading my blog, you would know of my struggles to find a decent cup of coffee in HK ~ that’s why when Leon invited Mr Bao and I to try the coffees at Cafe Punta Del Cielo, I was excited about finding a new place for coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

Cafe Punta in Central

Source: Cafe Punta Del Ceilo ย 

We got there at around 11am and was greeted by the Regina, the lovely Mexican manager. Prior to going, I didn’t know anything about Cafe Punta Del Cielo, they are in fact a large coffee-chain store in Mexico, very much like Starbucks and Gloria Jeans. And did you know a large portion of the world’s coffee beans are from Mexico? I now realise I really am an amateur coffee drinker ๐Ÿ˜›

The Hong Kong store is their first in Asia and Regina told us, that they’re looking to entering the China market very soon. I did International Business at Uni, so I was particularly interested about the details of how and why they wanted to come to HK first ๐Ÿ™‚ Great to connect the theory to real business examples, my lecturers should be very proud of me ~

As soon as we sat down we were immediately served 3 different types of drinks to try ~

Cafe de Olla $23HKD ($2.8AUD)

The first was the authentic Mexican coffee – Cafe de Olla ๐Ÿ™‚ It was the first time we’ve had Mexican coffee. It was sweet with a strong cinnamon flavour through it. Regina explains to us that this a very traditional type of coffee where the coffee beans, sugar and cinnamon will be brewed all at once and served in a clay pot.

Traditional Mexican Clay Mugs

Source: Etsy
Unable to brew this type of coffee here in HK due to the lack of ingredients, Cafe Punta purchase the prepackaged coffee and reheat it for customers.

You can buy it in the box ~

Mr Bao didn’t particularly like it because it was too sweet for him, and funny enough neither did Regina even though she’s Mexican ~ I didn’t mind it though even though I agree that it is quite sweet for a coffee. But maybe as a dessert type of coffee or even over some ice it’ll be great ๐Ÿ™‚

Hot Chocolate $28HKD($3.8AUD)

We then tried the hot chocolate, which wasn’t the regular type either ~ Once again it had an undertone of cinnamon. Seems like Mexicans really like cinnamon in most of their drinks ๐Ÿ™‚ But I think the cinnamon kind of accentuates the cocoa flavour ~

White Chocolate $28HKD($3.8AUD)

But the hot white chocolate had to be my favourite ๐Ÿ™‚ I know many people don’t consider white chocolate to be ‘chocolate’, but I just can’t resist the sweetness of it ~ This wasn’t an overly sweet white chocolate, it had a strong milk flavour and just the right amount of sugar. Mr Bao wouldn’t buy me the white chocolate saying it was too sweet, so we settled for the dark hot chocolate mixture instead.

An assortment of pastries and sandwiches starting from $18($2.2AUD)

Selection of food ๐Ÿ™‚

We also got to try a selection of their cakes and pastries. Regina told us frankly that they didn’t make any food on site, however, got their food from a great supplier. Unfortunately, the croissant and muffin was a little dry and would have been better if it was warmed in in the oven or microwave for a minute longer. The marble cheesecake and blueberry cheesecake were nicely made, but accommodating to Hong Kongers tastes, I didn’t think they were sweet enough for me ๐Ÿ˜› Mr Bao obviously thought they were fine.

Regina also told us that Cafe Punta purchased their coffee beans from local farmers in the three main coffee growing areas Oaxaca, Veracruz and Chiapas. This ensures that the local farmers will receive the full amount and not be exploited by middle men and distributors. Good for them! So many farmers in third world countries are being exploited. Every year they also take the best coffee beans harvested and package it into limited box sets like this one ๐Ÿ™‚

Special Edition Approximately $400HKD($50AUD)

Overall, Mr Bao and I enjoyed our experience at Cafe Punta Del Cielo, wouldn’t be a place we would go regularly due to the location, but definitely worth trying if you like cinnamon flavoured drinks and prices are more reasonable compared to Starbucks and other overpriced cafes.

Thank you once again to Leon and Regina for inviting us and explaining everything to us in such great detail ๐Ÿ™‚

Daisy and Mr Bao @ Nevertoosweetforme dined as a guest of Cafe Punta Del Cielo and Walee Walee.comย 

Cafe Punta Del Cielo
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14 thoughts on “First Tasting – Cafe Punta del Cielo

  1. Kirk February 16, 2012 at 8:11 am Reply

    Seem u having a good time in hk:)
    When are we going out to tasting next time?

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm Reply

      Hey Kirk ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for visiting my Blog ar! I miss your food!

      I’m coming back soon we’ll have to meet up and go eat ~

  2. bakingaddict February 16, 2012 at 11:00 am Reply

    Great honest review! I’m not a coffee drinker myself but I wouldn’t say no to cakes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm Reply

      Thanks Ros ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you like my review ~ I’m not really know much about coffee either ๐Ÿ˜› but i need it to keep me awake hahaha

  3. hotlyspiced February 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm Reply

    What a great write-up. Well done. I have a confession to make – I don’t drink coffee! But, there’s plenty of other drinks in the world, like wine!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm Reply

      Thank you Charlie ๐Ÿ™‚ I was so worried about posting a tasting event but I’m glad you like it ~ Wow you have 2 teenage kids but you don’t drink coffee? How do you manage! I’m a sucker for hot chocolate ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Rita (mademoiselle dรฉlicieuse) February 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Yeah, espresso coffee is a bit dismal in Hong Kong…even in top hotels! However Cafe Corridor across from Times Square down a, erm, corridor is quite good though. Recommended to us by an Australian ex-pat actually!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm Reply

      Thanks Rita for the recommendation ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve gotta go check it out! I’m still on a coffee hunt ~

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Nice review Daisy and I think you’re doing the right thing being honest-integrity is very important ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm Reply

      Thank you Lorraine ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s amazing to get advice from you! I just hope I’m not too honest and end up hurting anyones feelings ~

  6. Angie@Angie's Recipes February 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Not really a coffee drinker, but that white chocolate looks quite tempting.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 17, 2012 at 2:34 am Reply

      Hello Angie ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for dropping by my blog ~ the white chocolate was definitely very delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ too bad Mr Bao wouldn’t let me buy a tin of it lol

  7. Nami | Just One Cookbook February 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm Reply

    Very interesting that Mexican coffee or hot chocolate is quite different from what we are used to. Usually hot places add a lot of sugar in drinks, I wonder if that’s the reason…

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm Reply

      Hello Nami I m in Taiwan again ~ love this place! The hot chocolate was definitely unique ~ I really liked the white chocolate ~

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