You know how comforting the warmth is on our hands clasped around a warm cup of coffee, hot tea or hot choco specially during cold/rainy days; like your hands are snugly embracing a mug… it’s “Hug A Mug”.
That’s not really what it’s called… but you know, we haven’t really thought of that. More so, given much attention to it other than that certain coziness it induces.
That said, it was clever of ‘Hug A Mug’ to come up with such a name for a café. We amusingly got “snuggled” to check it out actually. After dinner, we thought of going for a nightcap and passed by what seemed to be a small coffee shop along Lualhati Road (just between Albergo and Kamiseta Hotel).
For some reason, we ordered cold drinks instead. Yet, it proved to be refreshing for both our palate and our animated sense of pragmatism. “A” ordered their Peppermint Mocha which I tasted. As a matter of fact, I tried to talk her into swapping it with my Caramel Macchiato. Let’s just say, the “galit-galit muna tayo” undertone was rather applied (lol)… It was that good which had us presuppose the practicality behind the difference in branding. Say, if it were from a well-known coffee shop, chances are, we’d similarly be “paying” more for the associated social status that comes with it.
We’re not making an issue out of that. The point is that, if you’re just up for that same flavor you get for a heftier price from a popular café or what-not, you might want to try something that’ll give that “Status-defining Brand” a run for their money.
Nevertheless, the name “Hug A Mug” from that perspective, makes sense. That homey vibe it kindles just curls up into a virtue of its worth seemingly tucking away the pretense of labeling as it should, rather than gaining merit by flashing about a branded cup just so to likewise brandish a “sophisticated privilege”. On that account, the “brewing” of Hug A Mug is indeed a case of “hug a mug” not “hug oneself”.
However, to feel such fervor of hugging yourself, then by all means, “hug a mug”. In our case though, it was more like “mustn’t bar, mason jar”. Supposedly, we’d fight off the cold with what that “Hug A Mug” sign enticed us to do which was to “hug a mug” and enjoy the nightcap. But the offerings on the menu board apparently proved tempting for the “stone cold” in us and so we had:
As above-mentioned, “A” had the Peppermint Mocha while I had the Caramel Macchiato. In a manner of speaking, both deserve to be embraced as worthy of a good review vis-à-vis with a consummate trademark. The Caramel Macchiato had a balanced admixture of the caramel complementing the other elements sans the overwhelming sweetness. Whereas for the Peppermint Mocha, it lived up to how and what Peppermint Mocha should be.
Tea for “C”. She had the Matcha Green Tea. She initially wanted ice cream for dessert, so I guess, having a refreshing beverage sufficed. It was however more like a milk tea with a subtle hint of green tea. I guess, they’re yet “green” on that “cons-TEA-tuent” other than coffee. From their wall though, hangs a saying, “Make Tea Not War” so we’ll leave it at that… “TEAce ✌🏼!”
“L” had the Choco Chip Cookie for a drink, a brownie and 2 Banana Choco Chip Muffins. “L” might as well stand for “Loco” over choco as he can’t seem to get enough of it. The brownies could use a bit of the muffins’ moist texture though.
Similarly, the place’s simplicity displays a raw flair yet with the prospective flamboyance. However small, it exudes cordiality embracing divergence. And quite fitting, it’s “welcoming of a group hug”.