#FOTW: Frappes To Go
Every week, Sugbo Mercado introduces fresh brands that are sure to take a place in your appetites. This is a compilation of our foodtrepreneurs, their stories, and their plans for the future.
Frappes To Go is basically what I love about coffee and everything in it. It’s a mixed healthy drink at some point, like the Matcha, which is my favorite drink. We conceptualize it with banana, since it’s actually a mixture of fruity drinks with coffee as well. Frappes to Go can be taken out and brought anywhere one would like. One gets to enjoy the ice blended coffee and healthy drink.
Our bestseller is Java. It’s when you add an extra puff of coffee sauce so it’s a stronger mixture of coffee. If you’re a coffee lover, you’d love it. Our other bestseller is blueberry cheesecake. I know Filipinos love cheesecake, so that would be my top choice for people who love desserts. It’s a perfect combination of cheesecake and coffee, and a little mixture of blueberry. It’s a mixture of our syrups for all our sweet drinks here at Frappes To Go. My personal favorite would be the Matcha, over anything else, mainly because it’s a healthy drink: it’s good for the skin and it’s an anti-cancer ingredient.
I collaborated with a famous brand to create Frappes to Go, with all my mixtures and ingredients from them alone. Of course, I add my own personal touch to each drink aside from their recipe. I try to make the drinks I make both delicious and affordable at the same time, since Cebuanos are very wary about the pricing and how worthy the drink actually is.
As I said, I love to drink coffee. I’m also the kind of person who’s always on the go, so my time’s really important. I thought, what business can I have that could really relate to me as a person? When I went to a certain coffee shop, I got the idea of Frappes To Go from buying their Mocha frappe. I incorporated it to my brand – having ice blended frappes which you can bring anywhere and anytime.
I actually already have my own brand in some malls before I created Frappes To Go. Sir JP was one of my regular customers there, and he introduced Sugbo Mercado to me and invited me to join. I really love the atmosphere in Sugbo Mercado because everyone from every class is here. They can just buy whatever they like, and entrepreneurs like me who want to start small can also go here and sell what they want to sell. They’re given a chance to grow. Here in Sugbo Mercado, entrepreneurs are introduced to the market – what we sell, how we sell, and how driven we are to sell.
I started January this year, and it’s been amazing. There are times that it doesn’t go well, since my market will depend on the weather conditions we have here in Cebu. Despite that, I didn’t expect my brand to be accepted and to have a market value here because we have a lot of competitors, but I do love the challenge. I love Sugbo Mercado, and I’m here to stay.
I’m a visionary and I’m positive in every aspect of business I am in to. A few years from now, I know I want to help people. The best investment I could think of is that I help people like my staff, to provide them everything they need. If you got the right staff, then your business will grow tremendously.
- Cathy Flores of Frappes To Go; Our Foodtrepreneur of the Week. Visit Frappes To Go at Sugbo Mercado of Garden Bloc, IT Park. They are beside Cheesecake Story. We are open every Thursdays-Sundays, 5pm-1am. See you there at #yourWEEKENDfoodmarket!