coffee,  lifestyle,  review

A new “5 to go” in Bucharest

EN:

Yay! My favorite brand of coffee shops just opened another one in my city, and I’m feeling all the feels!

 

As you might know by now, I’m a huge fan of coffee. You might even say I’m an….addict :O . Jokes aside, I’m always on the lookout for a good coffee shop or a new, delicious brand of coffee.

Yes, Starbucks is always there, and it’s already a huge brand, but a few years ago, I couldn’t even afford the smallest espresso there, so I started looking for more budget friendly options out there. This is how I stumbled upon a little crowded coffee stand (it wasn’t even a coffee shop, it was just a stand), called “5 to go”, near my office building.

Curiosity got the best of me, so I went and ordered a small cafe latte, and I was surprised to find out that the set price for each item purchased there was 5 RON (around 1.34 USD). This sounded great for the little poor student in me, so I made a mental note to myself to do some research on them.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the founder of 5 to go decided to start this brand, so that he could provide an alternative for all the coffee lovers out there who couldn’t or wouldn’t overpay for a hot cup in the morning. Also, the 5 in the name stands for the fixed price of their coffee. Of course, you can opt for a double sized coffee, for which you will pay 10 RON, but that is still way affordable than most coffee shops located near office buildings of colleges, where the demand is higher.

Fast forward to this week, when  found out that 5 to go is opening in an additional location in Bucharest, I got pretty excited and decided to click “Going” on the Facebook event page. So I went.

First, if you’re not familiar with their coffee shop’s concept, it is centered around the idea of comfort, cozy and friendly, so when you go inside, the ambiance is in tune with their slogan: “Smile, there’s coffee”.

The new location is in the heart of Bucharest, near the Old Town, in Unirii Square, which is perfect for them, because the area is highly populated, especially in the morning, when everyone needs a little pick-me-up in liquid form.

Now, about the experience 🙂 The barista was sweet and welcoming, she greeted us (my sister and me) with a warm smile, and we instantly felt like home. I ordered a Hazelnut Cafe Latte, and my sister ordered a Coconut Cafe Latte, these two being our usual orders at 5 to go.

Also, the owner was kind enough to allow us to take a lot of pictures, which I was very grateful for ^.^

The overall attitude and vibe was warm, calm, and sweet, and this might be my favorite thing about this coffee house brand, right after my Hazelnut coffee. Say what you want, but I have never met a barista at Starbucks or any other shop, which was as sweet and kind as the 5 to go baristas.

It goes without saying, but I will keep loving this brand until the end of time.

RO:

Uraaa!! Lantul meu preferat de cafenele a mai deschis un coffee shop in orasul meu, si sunt super entuziasmata!

Asa cum probabil stiti deja, sunt un fan infocat al cafelei. Ai putea spune chiar ca sunt…. dependenta :O. Lasand gluma la o parte, intotdeauna voi fi interesata sa caut si sa gasesc noi sortimente de cafea si noi cafenele in care merita sa imi petrec timpul.

Da, Starbucks va fi mereu acolo, ca optiune, mai ales pentru ca este un nume greu in bransa, dar cu cativa ani in urma nu imi puteam permite nici cel mai mic espresso de la ei, asa ca eram mereu in cautare de optiuni prietenoase cu bugetul. Asa am dat peste un mic stand (da, un stand, nu era nici macar o cafenea cu totul), numit „5 to go”, situat langa cladirea de birouri in care lucram.

Manata de curiozitate, m-am dus si am comandat o cafea latte mica, si am fost surprinsa sa aflu ca pretul fix, stabilit pentru firecare articol cumparat de acolo era de 5 RON (in jur de 1,34 USD). Acest detaliu a gadilat intr-un mod placut studentul sarac din mine, asa ca mi-am facut o nota mentala sa caut mai multe informatii despre ei, cand urma sa ajung la un calculator.

Am fost placut surprinsa sa aflu ca fondatorii „5 to go” (Radu Savopol si Lucian Bădilă) au decis sa infiinteze acest brand din dorinta de a oferi o alternativa iubitorilor de cafea de pretutindeni, care nu puteau sau nu voiau sa plateasca de trei ori mai mult decat ar fi fost necesar pentru o cana de cafea, dimineata. De asemenea, 5-ul din denumire reprezinta pretul fix al produselor. Bineinteles, poti opta oricand pentru o cafea dubla, pentru care vei plati 10 RON, dar chiar si asa, tot este mai accesibil in comparatie cu cele mai multe cafenele care sunt situate pe langa cladirile de birouri si facultati, unde cererea este foarte mare.

Asta ne aduce la saptamana aceasta, cand am descoperit ca 5 to go deschide o cafenea intr-o noua locatie in Bucuresti, asa ca am apasat cu incantare butonul „Going”, pe pagina evenimentului de pe Facebook. Asa ca m-am dus.

In primul rand, daca iti este familiar conceptul acestui lant de cafenele, el se invarte in jurul ideii de confort, comod si prietenos, asa ca atunci cand intri in cafenea, ambianta este in acord perfect cu sloganul lor: „Zambeste, exista cafea”.

Noua locatie se afla in inima Bucurestiului, in vecinatatea Centrului Vechi, in Piata Unirii, care este o zona propice pentru afacerea lor, intrucat zona este foarte populata, mai ales dimineata, cand toata lumea are nevoie de un strop de energie.

Acum sa vorbim despre experienta 🙂 Barista a fost dulce si primitoare, ne-a salutat pe mine si pe sora mea cu un zambet cald, si ne-a facut sa ne simtim ca acasa. Eu am comandat un Hazelnut Cafe Latte, iar sora mea a comandat un Coconut Cafe Latte, acestea fiind aromele noastre preferate de la ei. De asemenea, proprietara cafenelei a fost extrem de amabila si ne-a permis sa facem o multime de poze, lucru pentru care am fost foarte recunoscatoare.

 

Ambianta si atitudinea de ansamblu au fost calde si placute, lucru care constituie partea mea preferata din acest brand, imediat dupa cafeaua Hazelnut. Puteti spune ce doriti, dar nu am intalnit niciodata un/o barista la Starbucks, sau la alta cafenea de profil, care sa fie la fel de amabila si primitoare ca la 5 to go, iar asta contribuie mult la imaginea lor.

 

Este de la sine inteles ca voi continua sa iubesc acest brand pana la sfarsitul timpului 🙂

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