There’s this post that’s been circulating on Facebook ever since the announcement of start of the “sticker season” for the coffee house planners. It irks me how easy it is for others to judge those who buy (and I quote) “expensive coffees just to get a planner they never really use”. Like, seriously? We’re not being pa-sosyal, okay? Can’t it be for the simple fact that I genuinely love coffee and that I need the caffeine boost to keep on working during late nights? Sheesh! People these days.. so quick to judge, so slow to understand. :/
Well, in the spirit of the merriest season, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has taken upon itself the mission to spread joy in all forms, giving flavor, one cup at a time. In launching their two new holiday drinks, they are also introducing the best comeback to those who judge us for spending more than Php8 for a cup of coffee – no, not everyone likes coffee sachets! Haha. See, what if I tell you that  by buying coffee at CBTL, you’re actually sending someone to school? *know that I’m smiling smugly as I type this, haha*
This Christmas, it is offering its customers two special holiday flavors that make the perfect companions for celebrating the holidays. Each drink comes in two variations: an iced drink, and a warm latte. Fans with a sweet tooth will be happy to try the Toffee Nut flavor, which is a new addition to the menu. Inspired by traditional holiday confections, its flavor comprises of a buttery caramelized sugar with a hint of nut, paired with the richness of espresso and a sprinkle of toffee bits. 
In the Winter Dream Tea, a drink that has come to be anticipated and loved by the café’s patrons, rooibos and black tea are blended with sweet spices and hints of Vanilla– a beverage that is truly what holiday dreams are made of. Each drink was lovingly crafted to capture the spirit of Christmas in a cup, to be savored and enjoyed amidst the chaos of all holiday preparations.
As a way to encourage its community to brew their best years, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® will also be releasing a new edition of The Giving Journal. It is a journal designed to inspire each individual to pursue their passions and find meaning and fulfillment in everyday moments, while at the same time providing them with the opportunities to give back by helping others.
It is the tradition of CBTL to give back to the community, and it has partnered with Real LIFE foundation, the Giving Journal’s beneficiary, to fulfill this tradition by supporting the educational needs of the less fortunate. To date, CBTL has already sponsored 38 university scholars since 2011 – giving them the chance to fulfill their dreams, help their families, and improve their prospects for a brighter future.
At present, the brand is proud to share that 13 of the sponsored scholars have already graduated. Evidently, The Giving Journal is certainly not your ordinary planner; it is a gift where the joy of giving and receiving it lasts well past the holiday season.
 How’s that for giving flavorfully? You get to help the less fortunate finish their studies just by enjoying a good cup of coffee every once in a while this holiday season. And in the process, you’d also be able to get your hands on a neat planner to jumpstart your 2016. I don’t know about you but that sounds like the best deal for a planner to me.
The Giving Journal is a great gift idea, too, especially for working individuals. It looks so sleek and simple. The leather cover appears to be quite sturdy, too. It’s something I could proudly pull out to take notes during a meeting. I feel so grown up! 😉
So yeah, I got one Giving Journal in brown during the event, but I just couldn’t help myself. With the help of my ever-so supportive boyfriend, I already completed my second card so got to claim another planner – this time, the mint one, for my tita. <3 So what are you waiting for? Indulge in a nice cup of coffee and give flavorfully. 😉

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