Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fresh from Dumaguete!

Sembreak! Good for students, bad for business, hehe. To welcome the sembreak, the Cafe Antonio crew went to Dumaguete last week, October 18 to 20. That's why we were closed last last Saturday. You can view the pictures of our trip at our Multiply page at

Everyone was in high gear when we got back from the trip. We decorated the cafe for the Halloween last Thursday thanks to the creative efforts of Julius, Jeg, Joyce, and Yell.

Thanks to the lack of customers (due to the break), we were able to develop a bunch of exciting (and insane) new drinks for the second semester. Our specials (rocky road, choco-peppermint, etc.) will be part of the regular menu starting next sem. Regular customers like DevCom instructors Sherwin, Aldo, and Candy and Papu's Siomai mogul, Kuya Bert, were able to taste test some of our new drinks.

This week seems to be another slow week, but that's ok... we all need a break. Masaya blender namin ngayon, nakakapag-siesta na siya. See you next sem ELBI!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cafe Antonio ELBI Goes to Dumaguete

Cafe Antonio Gimik Trip, October 18 to October 20

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thirty BFFs Sold!

Blessings just keep on coming. And records just keep getting broken.

Remember the time when we said we can't top the September 15 to 20 sales? Last week, we set another Cafe Antonio ELBI record. We had our highest total gross sales since opening week. And last Friday, we had our second highest total sales in a day (customers ordered 2700+ bucks worth of drinks in 30 minutes), only next to opening day.

A total of 486 customers came in our 37 square meter cafe last week and 30 Brownie Fudge Frothiccinos (BFF) were blended and served--the highest number ever for a Flavor of the Month.

Majals, our part-time cashier was overwhelmed at the flow of customers during their 4 to 7 pm shift last Friday. It was her first time to encounter so many people as cashier and she was very happy to see how her hometown is supporting the cafe. "Umuulan kasi, tapos parang lahat ng taong dumadaan pumpasok dito", she tells me.

The whole week was a riot, especially Friday and Saturday, The crew was in "fastfood mode"--where everyone was shouting and huffing and puffing behind the curtain. Kuya Bert, owner of Papu's Siomai, was part of the Saturday contingent. He brought along our UPLB Navigators alumni and ordered "a million drinks". They gave me a heart attack, but hey, thanks for the support guys!

It was the last week of classes. Maybe that's the reason why so many people came to the cafe. And this week is finals week. We're not sure if most of our customers have gone home or have decided to stay for the sem break. Anyway, we'll never know what's going to happen this week. But one thing's for sure, we'll be closed on Saturday, October 18. The Canton Crew will be flying to Dumaguete City to visit the main branch. We'll be soaking up some inspiration so that we'll be ready for next semester. So expect some changes when you get back from wherever you've been.


* The BFF is still available, be sure to order one soon, you only have a few weeks to go...

* Remember we have Cafe Antonio House Blend Beans available for only 250 pesos. These are the same beans that we use in all of our coffee-based drinks. We will grind it up for you so you can brew it in your home coffee-maker or you could just steep 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee into 8 ounces of hot water to make a good cup of coffee. I'll try to give you some brewing tips when you order.

*We'll be having our photo shoot for Entrepreneur Magazine tomorrow, Monday, October 1. Hopefully we'll be in the November issue, be sure to grab a copy!

* I'll be bringing 3 decks of old school Trump cards tomorrow, plus one box each of Word Factory and Skrib-age.

* We continue to thank God for blessing our business and we are very grateful to everyone who continually supports Cafe Antonio. We hope that we could inspire more people and show them that our generation, the youth, could do so much more! Mabuhay ang mga young entreps!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Brownie Fudge Frothiccino Debut

Last week we had a total of 15 orders of our Flavor of the Month, the Brownie Fudge Frothiccino (only Php 130). The brownies and cake that we use are baked by Ate Marisse.

Here's Kyle with the first order of the Brownie Fudge Frothiccino

In other news...

- Muffins are no longer available in two sizes, we only have the Medium Blueberry Muffin and Apple Cinnamon Muffin available for only 30 pesos.

- Our cook, Tracy, inspired by the barista's latte art and etching designs, figured out a way to design our sandwiches and bread for pasta.

- Pop celebrated his 62nd birthday last Tuesday. My sisters and I gave him a Sony Mp3 player.

- Zadl also celebrated his 22nd birthday last week. Retz surprised him with an amazing cake baked by Ate Marisse.

- Believe it or not, last week was also an amazing week for the cafe, gross sales almost tied last last week's performance (see the "Hataw Elbi, Hataw" entry). We were all very exhausted but very happy. And we are still very inspired at how the community continues to support us.

- Retz, Padeys, Tracy, and I moved out from the Legazpi Compound in Umali Subdivision to the Bonita Compound in Sta. Rita last Saturday. Mommy and his Royal Staff cleaned the place before we moved in. We spent our first night there last night.
- Continue to pray for our article for Entrepreneur Magazine, sana matuloy!
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