Thanks to everyone who chimed in Facebook recommending Illy. It’s hard to find coffee pods off the shelf in your friendly neighborhood grocery so I was pleasantly surprised to see the boxes of Illy stacked. I probably have seen these before thinking they were regular coffee grind, in which case I prefer beans. So yay, new pods for the handpresso. A box sets you back PHP 600.00 for 18 coffee pods. That’s about PHP 33.00 for a shot of espresso. Not bad. The cheapest I’ve seen was PHP 25.00 per shot at the department store of Rustan’s.
Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.