Thank you everyone for the lovely comments about my V-day Baileys Cheesecake ~ I would now like to announce… Mr Bao LIKED it 🙂 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 🙂
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 🙂
Source: Cafe Punta Del Ceilo
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 😛
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 🙂 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 ~
The first was the authentic Mexican coffee – Cafe de Olla 🙂 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.
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.
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 🙂
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 🙂 But I think the cinnamon kind of accentuates the cocoa flavour ~
But the hot white chocolate had to be my favourite 🙂 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.
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 😛 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 🙂
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 🙂
Daisy and Mr Bao @ Nevertoosweetforme dined as a guest of Cafe Punta Del Cielo and Walee Walee.com
Cafe Punta Del Cielo
Shop 1, LG/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower , Central