(SPOT.ph) This is not the place to look for a fix for Korean cuteness addiction. Although Caffé Bene is Korea-based coffeehouse chain, Diane Chua and her siblings aren't simply riding the Korean-wave that seems poised to engulf the world. What they attempted was bring to Manila the details which separate this café from the many other cafés you can spend your time in. We think they succeeded.

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I might have missed Psy's performance in the heart of Seoul that very night, but what I experienced in the city goes beyond Gangnam and sexy ladies. Although we stayed across the street from where the chart-topping, record-breaking YouTube video was shot, this short and sweet Seoul trip was all about coffeeshop hopping, the Caffe Bene way...

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Coffee lovers got a new kick as Caffe Bene opened its doors in Eastwood City Walk 2. The Korean coffee shop brand, which has a cult following, just held a grand launch with celebrities, media and good friends of the brand in full attendance.

From Korea, Caffe Bene is now in the Philippines. With a cup of coffee, and a waffle on my plate, let me toast to that!

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We were given a sample menu for the Manila branches. Prices range from P95 for the basic Espresso and Tea drinks, classic or walnut Liège waffle and single-scoop Italian gelato, to P135-175 for the specialty drinks, Honey Bread and waffle with toppings.

For us, it's a toss-up between Cream Cheese gelato with Blueberry topping on Walnut waffle, and Green Tea gelato with Red Bean topping on Classic waffle. Sorry, girls, Jang Geun Suk isn't on the menu … yet.

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Riding on the coffee shop culture craze in Seoul, Caffe Bene has put up over 800 stores and counting, making it the fastest-growing South Korean coffee shop chain to date.

Good news for Pinoy coffee addicts: Caffe Bene will open two branches in Manila—on Nov. 29 in Eastwood and at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay.

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