Bo’s Coffee: Local Coffee, World-Class Experience

Bo's Coffee SM North Edsa
Bo's Coffee SM North Edsa

Almost sixteen years ago, way before international coffee companies came to the Philippines, Bo’s Coffee opened their first coffee shop at Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City, Philippines.

Back then, a cup of coffee from Bo’s cost a mere 15 pesos a cup. With Bo’s, people enjoy a good cup of freshly roasted coffee made from locally homegrown coffee beans at a very affordable price.

Bo's Coffee Ayala Center Cebu
Bo's Coffee Ayala Center Cebu, Bo's first branch (courtesy of Bo's Coffee)

Today, Bo’s Coffee is known not only in Cebu but also here in Metro Manila. Coffee drinkers goes to Bo’s to get a taste of real coffee experience. Bo’s is regarded as the leading Filipino owned coffee shop chain in Philippines.

Last Saturday, I got a chance to sit down with some of Bo’s key people. Mr Jojo Cayabyab, Ms Ana Benitez, Mr Jancy Seva, Ms Anna Francesca Rosales, and Ms Joy Anne Reynaldo. They shared how Bo’s Coffee started, how they serve good coffee along with their yummy pastries and dishes, and their current and upcoming stores in Metro Manila.

Who’s Bo?
According to Mr Jojo Cayabyab, Bo’s operations manager, Bo’s Coffee was named after Mr Bo, who is actually a person who taught Mr Benitez, Bo’s founder, a good knowledge about coffee.

Bo’s difference
“What makes Bo’s different is that we value freshness” Mr  Jojo when asked what makes Bo’s Coffee different.

According to him, the secret of Bo’s is that they serve coffee from a  freshly roasted coffee beans. And that to make make a really good coffee, we should understand that in preparation, each process should be done properly within a certain time frame. They use these knowledge to carefully train their baristas in order to bring customers desirable coffee taste.

To add to Bo’s customers coffee experience, Bo’s Coffee have its own commissary who handles their pastries and dishes. They make sure that all the cakes, cookies, or pastas are fresh and delectable.

Bo’s locations
Bo’s Coffee now operates more than 50 outlets strategically located in Bohol, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila, Samar, Tacloban, Tagaytay, and Zamboanga. This year, they are targeting to open six more stores.

Biscotti Amaretto and Super Moist Cake
Biscotti Amaretto and Super Moist Cake

During our two-hours conversation, I was served with their latest summer offering. A Biscotti Amaretto and Super Moist Cake. Biscotti Amaretto is a blended coffee with biscotti and amaretto syrup topped with whipped cream, dark chocolate drizzle, and crushed biscotti sprinkles. I liked how it refreshed me, it just feels right while sipping it. The Super Moist Cake on the other hand is a chocolate cake that is.. well, super moist. The thing I liked most about the cake is that, its not too sweet. I like that in a cake so that I can have a huge slice of it.

Before we ended, Mr Jojo showed us their Bo’s Trail Mix (Php 70), it is made up of cranberries, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews, dried mangoes, and raisins.

For more information about Bo’s Coffee, visit their website at

Bo’s Coffee
4th level, The Annex
SM North Edsa

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