Every time I want to order iced tea in a restaurant, I make sure to ask if they use brewed tea or powdered generic iced tea because I h a t e artificial iced tea. Sweetea’s by Da.u.de is the only proudly Filipino store I know that specializes in crafting all natural exotic loose leaf teas.I always make sure to drop by their kiosk in SM Mega Food Hall when I get the chance to. So when I found out they were opening an actual store in SM North EDSA, I knew I h a d to go!
The first thing that welcomed me as I approached the newly opened store was a super kind and entertaining mime clad in vibrant colors from head-to-toe who will give you a free drink of refreshing iced tea if you ring the bell beside him.
As I stepped into the brightly lit store, my nose caught a whiff of the delicious smell of buttered scones blending in harmony with the smell of freshly brewed tea leaves. What a delightful welcome!
Next was the MOST adorable pastel colored interiors. The colorful lounge area at the back of the café immediately caught my eye. I was told that the cozy lounge area was inspired by our very own Banaue rice terraces.
My fellow bloggers and I felt like we were cats playing around in a cat café because of the unique lounge structure!
Every single part of the store was so well though out. The ceiling had teabags that were formed to create the shape of clouds. How awesome!
They have a wide selection of all-natural iced teas, classic hot teas, fresh teas, milky teas, and freshly-brewed, made-to-order craft teas, local iced coffee, and juices complemented by a selection of sweet and savoury pastries.
Can’t decide which flavor to pick? You can smell each of their flavors to help you decide!
I had one of their best sellers, guma-melon with lemonade and pineapple nata paired with a butter scone and wafingka (waffle + bibingka)!
Butter scone.. yum!
bibingwaffle.. it was so good it ran out so fast! Luckily, my friend shared me her order. :)
They also offer a large selection of loose tea, tea bags, and tea accessories for purchase.
I had such a wonderful afternoon sipping on delicious and all-natural tea, snacking on wafingkas, and goofing around with the mime at Sweetea’s by Da.u.de.
I think it’s amazing how a local brand like Sweetea’s can easily pass off as an international chain but chooses to embrace and promote Filipino culture through its products and philosophy. We’re always so caught up with trying to imitate different cultures but I think it’s great that a lot of Filipino entrepreneurs nowadays are leading the way to putting our brands and our work on the map. So that someday, other countries would like to try to embrace our culture as well.
Congratulations on a succssful launch, Sweetea’s by Da.u.de. ! I will be back. :)