Holiday season is just around the corner, and after a year filled with challenges, I think we’re all in need of some festive cheer. To spark some holiday joy, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® is presenting an array of whimsical Alice in Wonderland inspired treats, which are a feast for the eyes as much as they are delicious to eat.
For an unforgettable Christmas party with friends and family, the Winter Wonderland (RM250 for 3kg) makes a wonderful centre piece for any gathering, with its intricate, handcrafted gingerbread detail and delicate frosting on a base of chocolate fudge. Complete the setting with Hatter’s Winter Log (RM 13.95 per slice, RM139.90 for a whole cake), a delightful dessert featuring luscious chocolate mousse and ganache; Cheshire’s Cherry Bundt (RM 8.90 per slice, RM52.00 for a loaf), stuffed with cherries, lemon and butter cream; or Stollen of Hearts (RM 6.90 per slice, RM48.00 for a loaf) with its hearty mix of Swiss dark chocolate, almonds and hazelnuts. Of course, a visit to Wonderland would not be complete without The Red Queen (RM12.95 each), a luscious pastry filled with caramel, coffee and chocolate mousse concealed under a rich red crust of almond chocolate.
There’s more for the sweet-toothed dessert lover: choose from an assortment of cakes such as Minted Ever After (RM 7.90 per cupcake, RM 50 per petite cake, RM139.90 for a whole cake), a decadent concoction of dark chocolate and mint topped with cream, fresh redcurrants and rosemary, and Velveteen’s Wish (RM 12.95 per slice, RM129.30 for a whole cake), a red velvet cake topped with crunchy cookie bits and cheese mousse.
For a bit of everything, go for Alice’s Tea Party (RM109 for 20 pieces), a selection of bite-sized treats of Hatter’s Winter Log, Jolly Breadman, Tweedle Tart and Minted Ever After. Top-up as needed with Jolly Breadman (RM7.90 per piece) or Once Upon A Door butter cookies (RM9.90 per piece).
CF & TL is known for its delectable beverages, and there’s no shortage of exclusive specials to try this season. Indulge in a Chocolate Cookie – a combination of premium espresso and decadent chocolate cookie notes – available in several varieties: the Chocolate Cookie Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), Pure Chocolate Cookie Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18) or hot / iced Chocolate Cookie Latte (small RM16, regular RM17.50).
Making a comeback for a limited time only is the ever-popular Double Chocolate Peppermint beverages, available as Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), Pure Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), hot / iced Double Chocolate Peppermint Latte (small RM16, regular RM17.50) and Peppermint Nitro Latte (RM15.95 at selected stores). Best of all, kids get to enjoy their own coffee-free version, as a hot / iced Double Chocolate Cocoa (small RM16, regular RM17.50) and tea lovers can enjoy the hot Peppermint Tea (RM9.60/cup or RM12.50/pot). While you’re sipping on your holiday beverage, upgrade to a complete meal by trying out the brand’s new Black Pepper Chicken Sandwich (RM19.80).
Even if you’re not dining in, there are plenty of new retail items to celebrate the season on-the-go, or in the comfort of one’s own home. Take your pick from dark-roasted Holiday Blend (RM55 /12oz), Peppermint Tea in a green tea blend (RM45/tin), Limited Edition 8oz Powders in French Deluxe Vanilla Powder, Peppermint Chocolate Powder and Hazelnut Powder (RM40/tin). Also available are new designs for the Hydro Flask Series (RM205 each) and Frost Tumbler Series (RM128-138). They also make for great gifts.
In line with the season of giving, CB&TL’s popular Gift Tags return with new designs, with proceeds going towards the Caring Cup initiative. This year, the beneficiary is the Assunta Integrated Social Services programme by ASSUNTA Hospital, to help raise funds for equipment upgrades and essential supplies for their new mobile clinic. With the added support, they will continue to provide much-needed medical and healthcare assistance to marginalised groups.
For more info, visit http://www.coffeebean.com.my.
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What with the Movement Control Order still in place, Ramadan (and possibly Syawal) will be a new experience for Malaysians this year. To help ease the experience of staying at home, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has come up with a new menu selection that can be enjoyed from the comforts of your own abode. From the deeply satisfying Dark Chocolate Chai Tea Latte or a decadent Single Origin Chocolate beverage, to savoury entrées featuring local favourites and Asian flavours with a modern twist, there’s something to suit every preference.
Chocolate is known for its feel-good qualities and everyone is in need of a pick-me-up these days. Try the comforting goodness of a hot or iced Dark Chocolate Chai Tea Latte (RM14.50 small, RM15.50 regular), a unique blend combining rich, dark chocolate that’s balanced with CB&TL’s sweet and spicy chai. For chocolate purists, experience the depth of flavour and unique properties of Single Origin Chocolate sourced from Ghana – it boasts a fudge-like richness that is perfect on its own or blended with CB&TL’s signature coffee extract for a boost. Try it as a Single Origin Chocolate or Single Origin Mocha Latte (RM15.95 small, RM17.45 regular), or as a refreshing Ice Blended® (RM16.50 small, RM18 regular).
These thirst-quenching beverages go hand-in-hand with a delicious Chicken Satay Sandwich (RM20.50), slathered with peanut sauce and lemongrass, and served on fresh panini bread, or the aptly-named Yum Chicken Salad (RM22.80), a mouth-watering Siam-inspired serving of chicken with tom yum and Thai basil leaves on a bed of mesclun salad leaves.
End the meal on a sweet note with Nuts About You (RM13.95 per slice, RM139.90 for a whole cake), featuring layers of coffee, peanut butter, nuts and chocolate to satisfy even the most demanding dessert critic. This season also sees a return of The Straits (RM12.95 per slice, RM129.30 for a whole cake), a traditional pandan cake laced with gula Melaka with the added richness of cream and mascarpone cheese.
In the spirit of spreading cheer this Raya, CB&TL will also be offering value for money promotions. Takeaway orders get to enjoy value bundles; post-MCO, the offers will also apply to dine-in customers.
#RayaDekatDiHati Promotions run from now until 23 May 2020, whereby customers who buy any Café beverage can top up RM5 to get a bagel. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, buy two desserts and get one free from a choice of cakes, muffins, cookies and sweet scones. Fans of CB&TL’s signature beverages such as The Original Mocha Ice Blended® drink, Cappuccino, Café Latte, Americano, Today’s Brew and Cold Brew Tea beverages will also enjoy a 20% discount.
Meanwhile, cash rebates are also available on GrabFood orders during the GrabFood Ramadhan Hot Deals Campaign from now until 23 May 2020. With a minimum order of RM25, you’ll get a 30% discount (up to a maximum discount of RM8 per order) – just key in promo code HOTDEALS during the checkout.