A Day in Davao City and My First Time to Try Durian Coffee in Blugre Coffee

I had a very busy and full day yesterday.  Like all my work travels, the day started very early.  In fact, I left the house at an ungodly hour of 2am…on a MONDAY! Well, that’s because my flight was set at 4am and as you know, I needed to be at the airport at least an hour before the flight.  Although I did try to get some sleep, I still felt like a zombie when I got to the airport.

Anyway, it was my first time to see Davao City yesterday.  And sadly, it was only for a day and I had to be indoors mostly attending a government workshop/event in Marco Polo Hotel.  Good thing that Marco Polo Hotel is one of the most posh hotels in Davao City, so the ambience and the #feels were quite generally okay.  The food was also great.

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During the workshop in Marco Polo

During the workshop, I was already contemplating on my two (2) free and vacant hours before my flight back to Manila and thinking about what to do to maximize the trip.  I had three things in mind: (1) buy a Davao ref magnet; (2) try durian coffee; and (3) buy frozen durian. (Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do the third, because even if I found some frozen durian at the airport, it had to be checked in as baggage and I only had 20 minutes left before the flight to do that.  #sayang) So after the activity, I initially walked around the vicinity of the hotel and saw Ateneo de Davao and some shopping complex where they sell native bags and malongs. I bought a native printed bag for Php300.

After some Googling, I was able to find myself some durian coffee in SM Lanang in a cool and quaint coffee shop proudly originating from Davao called “Blugre Coffee”.  Blugre (pronounced as “blue-gray”) is famous for creating their signature coffee concoctions incorporating  the exotic fruit durian.

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The branch in SM Lanang is located in the Sky Park. There were only a few customers inside which was great because I wasn’t in the mood for crowds. The baristas were also friendly and even welcomed me to Davao.

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They had two variants, one is the hot Durian Gatchpuccino and the other is the durian frapuccino. I ordered the hot version and a custard macaroon and stayed there for an hour before heading to the airport.

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This creamy durian capuccino was definitely tasty and interesting. I can smell and taste the durian in it and there were also some durian bits in it. If you love durian like me, this is a must-try. The macaroon was also not bad either.

I wish I can have dinner there too (they also serve pastas), but there’s a flight to catch. I got to the airport about 40 minutes before the departure time and since I was already checked-in for the flight, I walked around to look for my ref magnet and frozen durian.  Despite not being able to buy frozen durian, I was quite happy with what I was able to do in those two hours.

Hopefully, I can go back to Davao again, and perhaps for a holiday the next time around so I can explore more of the place.

Have you ever tried durian in your coffee?

-CHRYZTYNERS-

P.S. In case you’re planning a trip to Davao, please don’t forget to checkout Travelbook for hotel bookings in Davao City.

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