Ever wonder what it feels like to drink coffee in luxury mugs a la Heart Evangelista and Jinkee Pacquiao?
Well, this coffee shop called Antinous Luxury Cafe in Tagaytay City serves coffee in branded mugs from Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Tiffany and Co., Cartier—name it, they've got it.
Antinous Luxury Cafe
However, not anyone can just walk in and have a nice hot cup of coffee at the newly opened coffee shop.
The café is exclusively open to members only, and the members can't just walk in either without an appointment.
Tei Endencia, owner of Antinous, told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) they've limited the number of appointments to five members a day.
He said, "Hangga't maaari, maximum of... if we have five guests lang the whole day, that's enough. Hindi kami masyado nag-aaccept po ng walk-ins...
"Yung coffee shop kasi, hindi siya open sa public. By appointment lang yung pagpunta sa coffee shop."
Tei also owns the Aquila Crystal Palace events place in Tagaytay City. PEP.ph interviewed him by phone on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Why a members-only policy? Tei said it is to secure and protect his luxury mug collection.
He explained, "Kaya din may membership para yung security ng mugs... yung mga rare mugs namin na pricey.
"Kaya din po may membership, para alam po din namin na iingatan nila yung mga mugs."
How much is the membership fee? PHP10,000.
Those who will book their events packages at Aquila Crystal Palace also get membership and access to the café on the day of their event.
The 33-year-old businessman said the membership fee is good for a lifetime, and their members can get rewards and discounts aside from access to the café.
Tei said, "Lifetime na po na membership po na paggamit po nung coffee club na access.
"Yung inclusion po sa membership, may mga rewards po. May penthouse din po kasi kami, meron po silang discount dun na 10 percent."
Members have the privilege as well of inviting up to nine family members or friends to enjoy with them a matchless cuppa at the luxurious coffee bar.
Tei said, "Maximum of 10 people is allowed kada membership po, puwede niyo po sila isama basta meron pong isang cardholder."
In case you're wondering, the cafe offers customizable drinks for their guests and only uses premium beans for its coffee. The price range of their coffee starts at PHP1,000. Aside from coffee, the cafe also offers pasta dishes and pastries.
Interested? Here's the full address: 328 Brgy. Maitim 2nd St. Emilio Aguinaldo Highway 4100 Tagaytay City, Philippines.
HOW ANTINOUS LUXURY CAFE STARTED
Tei has been collecting luxury mugs for two years and so far, he has 150 pieces in his collection.
He recalled, "Nag-start ako mag-collect ng mugs, siguro, 2018 pa.
"Mahilig kasi ako mag-coffee and mahilig din kasi ako sa luxury mugs kaya nag-come up yung idea na maglagay din ako ng coffee shop inside my events place.
"So yung pag-collect ko ng mugs, wala talaga akong intention mag-open ng coffee shop. Ang dami-dami ko na kasing mugs, hindi ko na alam kung saan sila ilalagay."
When Tei finally decided to open the luxury café, his thought was to give his events place clients an incomparable coffee experience.
Tei told PEP.ph, "Sa buong Pilipinas, wala ka pang makikitang ganyan, e, na nag-o-offer ng luxury mugs kahit collection nila iyan.
"Ako kasi gusto ko i-share sa lahat ng tao yung experience na ganun.
"Kaya ayun, nag-come up ako ng business nga imbes na ordinary cups, luxury mugs yung mae-experience nila."
What's his favorite piece in his collection?
Tei answered, "Yung Versace na Medusa, yung wing cup. Para sa akin, out of the box and rare na kasi siya.
"Wala ka din kasi masyadong makikitang ganun kaya isa yun sa pinaka-iingatan namin na piece."
Although the events industry has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tei is grateful that his business continues to thrive.
Asked for advice he can share, Tei said it starts with having the right mindset.
He told PEP.ph, "Siguro continue lang na mag-claim especially pag nagpe-pray ka, you're using the word 'sana.'
"SIguro ang pinaka-number one na puwede kong i-share is prayers pa din and don't use the word 'sana,' like, 'Sana Lord ganito...'
"Matuto tayong mag-claim na kahit wala pa yung wini-wish natin, kini-claim na natin na meron na kasi sobrang effective niya po talaga.
"Always do that. And siyempre, mag-save."
Tei is planning to open another coffee shop near the Aquila headquarters.
And this time, he assured, this coffee bar will be open to the public.