Maybe it’s the scorching summer heat or that we just love a sugar rush—whatever it is, a tall chilled glass of milk tea is a thing again. And of the many milk tea chains in the metro, Grace in a Cup in Intramuros, Manila, keeps people coming back for more. It’s secret? A “special something” that comes in every drink.
We’re not just talking about their premium ingredients like tea, milk, real fruits, and tapioca (or boba) balls. Each Grace in a Cup milk tea comes with an inspiring Bible verse attached to its clear tumbler. Think Psalm 23:1 (“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”) on a large serving of Grace Classic; Philippians 4:19 (“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His Glory”) on a glass of Mango Overload; and Matthew 19:26 (“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”) accompanying a Milo Supreme.
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Consider it a gentle reminder of the Higher Being whose constant and loving presence is in everything we think, say, do—and yes, even eat and drink. “People these days forget about God. We love Jesus and we want everyone to remember Him, which is why we did this,” said Judeiel Carpon to When in Manila of the uplifting messages found in every milk tea.
Since Judeiel (who is in charge of marketing) and fellow entrepreneur JP Avelino (who handles operations) opened Grace in a Cup in January 2018, business has been brisk. Bestsellers include Mango Overload (an exclusive milk tea of the Manila branch), Matcha Overload (even non-fans of the green tea-based drink are converted!), and the Grace Classic (a black-tea drink inspired by the popular Coco Milk Tea). Savory snacks like flavored French fries, fried Spam, and crunchy cheese sticks and dynamite rolls complement the sweet drinks.
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The real success, though, is that Judeiel and JP haven’t lost sight of their true purpose and who their real boss is. “We at Grace in a Cup Manila believe that God is our anchor and is the true owner of this business,” they say in their Facebook page. “As stewards, He blesses us and ultimately wants us to prosper.”
“As we have been blessed, we aim to share and bless others by offering our quality, affordable, and refreshing cups of blessing to the community.”