The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf—or what is more commonly known as CBTL—has been one of my go to coffee shops when I was still in law school. The ambiance is nice and relatively quieter, their tea line is to die for, and they provide free WiFi to their Swirl card holders. To me—then a law student needing a caffeine fix, a quite place to study and to freely access the internet to read/download cases online—these things highlight my experience with CBTL.
Years later, CBTL still provides the same experience. But now, it’s a place to meet and catch up with friends over tea/coffee (sometimes with a cake slice or some food), to meet potential clients, and to unwind. And the experience is all the more worthwhile when you have added perks and discounts c/o Belle De Jour (BDJ) Power Planner.
Ever since I started using BDJ Power Planner in 2010, the CBTL coupons have always been the first to be used up. Perks include a Buy 1 Take 1 Tea Latte of choice, a free iced tea per purchase of a salad, and so forth. But the best perk for me is that the BDJ-CBTL coupons allow me to share the experience with friends, family, and colleagues.
A few months ago I shared one coupon with my friend at CTBL Trinoma. She ordered a Spicy Tuna Linguine Pasta while I ordered a large Mocha Latte and Chef’s Tuna sandwich. With her pasta, my friend got a free chocolate chip cookie (worth Php 55) while I got a free Chicago Cheesecake slice (worth Php 125) from my sandwich.
Unfortunately, there’s no coupon for the large Mocha Latte but I used my BDJ Power Planner Lifestyle Card (BDJ card), instead, to get a free upsize (worth Php 15). The BDJ card has other uses but that’s a topic for another blog post.
All in all, my friend and I received Php 195 (around $4.30) worth of perks. Plus, I got to bond with her longer because we had more to eat. 😉
There’s also a Buy 2 Get 1 free Ice Blended Drink among the BDJ-CBTL coupons. This one I shared with a colleague at CBTL, Greenbelt 5. It’s too bad that there were only 2 of us, I ended up drinking the free drink. It’s a good thing that CBTL has non-fat milk and sugar options to keep the calories and other unwanted stuff at a minimum. At least I got to try 2 different drinks that day—my favorite Mocha Latte and the other was an amazing flavor, Creme Brulee.
It goes without saying that the cheapest ice blended drink would be the one made free. This was the Mocha Latte worth Php 185 (around $4.11) while the others cost Php 195 each. The added perk was I got to know this colleague better over that (large) cup of latte. That goes a long way.
You may say I could’ve had these experiences even without the added perks. Sure! But I never would have tried the chocolate chip cookie, never would have ordered that slice of Chicago Cheesecake on top of ordering a filling sandwich, and never would have tasted that intriguing Creme Brulee ice blended drink. So I’m thankful I get to enjoy these little things.