Coffee Adventure (since 2010) is the brainchild of two old friends seeking to fulfill some of their passions in life. After successful careers in law and accounting, the partners, DD and Karen, set out to establish a brand new breed of the café and bistro genre.
It all started in 2008. Having been old friends from the Ateneo Law School in Manila, Karen and DD, both based in the Bay Area, started talking about a possible business venture together. Karen had been a stay-at-home wife and mom since her family relocated to the US. The idea for a coffee shop stemmed from DD’s earlier experience as a franchisee of the Figaro Coffee Company, the biggest Filipino-owned coffee shop chain in the Philippines. With the combined interests and passions of DD and Karen, the former in his culinary pursuits, and the latter in her stellar finance and legal background, both proceeded to plan for the opening of this coffee shop business. The name Coffee Adventure seemed to be a perfect fit as it was, for all intents and purposes, truly an adventure for both. Having found the perfect location at the soon-to-be-opened Seasons Marketplace in Milpitas, CA and having been able to put together a viable investment package, Coffee Adventure officially opened its doors to the public on May 27, 2010.
Since then, Coffee Adventure has evolved from simply being a coffee shop with light snacks to an almost full-blown cafe or bistro-style restaurant, with a deli business to boot. Despite retaining its original name, Coffee Adventure has become known for more than just its coffee products. Today, it is mostly known for its authentic SILOG meals, the typical Filipino breakfast consisting of garlic fried rice, eggs and your choice of meats, ranging from the ubiquitous tapa to its own versions of tocino (both pork and chicken), longganiza (pork, chicken and the Ilocano-style Vigan longganiza), embotido (meatloaf), and one of its most popular offerings – the Adobo Salvador. This is DD’s own version of what is considered to be the National Dish of the Philippines, which is made of pork and chicken, braised and simmered for hours on end until it becomes shredded (ala pulled pork). The result is a rich-tasting dish that can be used in a variety of ways. The Adobo Salvador on grilled pandesal remains to be one of its top customer favorites. Of course, in order to be able to cater to the mainstream crowd, made up mostly of the real coffee drinkers, the all-day menu also boasts of several Panini sandwiches (turkey and cheese and tomato and mozzarella are the most popular). DD’s tuna in tomato-pesto sauce is also a crowd-pleaser, as it is used as a salad topping, a panini, or as a pasta dish. Filipino-style Spaghetti and Pasta Carbonara have also become top-sellers.
Among the coffee crowd, nothing beats the popularity of the Philippine Barako, both for Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. Its rich, bold flavor appeals to coffee lovers across the board. Coffee Adventure’s signature ice-blended drinks are also well-loved, the Choco Mocha Blast and its white counterpart, the Caramel White Chocolate Mocha Blast. As a dessert-drink, the Coffee Jelly Delight remains to be uniquely Coffee Adventure.
As a small Filipino-owned business, going up against the giants Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee is no small feat. But the crowd’s response to Coffee Adventure’s unique offerings has continued to inspire its owners and staff to pursue its dreams of one day becoming even half the chain that these giants have become — in an industry where achieving excellence in products and services is merely the beginning of a lasting legacy.