- Viral ‘selfieccino’ in London is proudly owned by a Filipina businesswoman and her husband
- Selfieccino, term used for the idea where customers can sip a portrait of themselves on a coffee, has been featured on BBC and other TV stations
- The Tea Terrace wants to trademark the term ‘selfieccino’ as they expand their business
LONDON — In December last year Kicker Daily shared the trending gimmick of a cafe in London where customers can literally drink a portrait of themselves on coffee. Turns out that the owner of the restaurant and tea shop is Filipina businesswoman Rowena Manlusoc Shouly and her husband Ehab Salem Shouly.
Their concept of combining drinking a cup of coffee and have a selfie, also known as ‘selfieccino’, have gone viral; with the increasing number of customers wanting to try their product. In addition, it has been featured on BBC and other television stations in the area.
“Before, it wasn’t like this. It was just an ordinary restaurant but we are always thinking how to make it better or different from the others. So we started with the throne chairs, and we noticed that people kept coming because of this.
“Because nowadays, ‘di lang good food or good service, kailangan din maganda so they can take a picture and post on their social media — on Instagram, Twitter,” the Filipina said as she narrated the humble beginnings of the concept via ABS-CBN News.
The Tea Terrace, their business name, is the first restaurant chain to offer the service in the UK and Europe.
To order, the customer needs to send a photo of their face – via an online messaging app – to the barista and specify whether cappuccino or hot chocolate would be put on the canvas.
The image will be uploaded to a machine for scanning and then it will be reproduced onto the froth using a flavorless food coloring which takes about four minutes. According to Reuters, the product costs $7.5.
Meanwhile, The Tea Terrace wants to trademark the term ‘selfieccino’ as they expand their business.
Here are some photographs from The Tea Terrace‘s Instagram account:
Introducing the 'Selfieccino' ….. we are proud to be the first restaurant in the United Kingdom and the whole of Europe to introduce the Selfie/Cappuccino combo. Simply take a seflie, send it to our staff at The Tea Terrace Restaurant and Tea Room at the House of Fraser in London on Oxford Street, and they will make you a delicious Selfieccino which you can show off to all your friends on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We have introduced new technology which allows us to print your selfie or any image or any message on the froth of your cappuccino. Don't you think it looks amazing?! The Selfieccino only costs £5.75 and is only available at our London Oxford Street branch from December 4th onwards.
Thank you Anna @yourstylishself for visiting us today to try our new #Selfieccino …. Your Selfieccino came out as a beautiful work of art! We look forward to seeing you again. We are proud that @theteaterrace is the first in the UK and Europe to offer this technology which allows us to print your Selfie on the froth of your Cappuccino (or Hot Chocolate if you're not a big fan of coffee. Only at our Oxford Street branch at @houseoffraser Oxford Street and coming soon to our Guildford and London Victoria branches #selfieccino #theteaterrace #houseoffraser #coffeeart #baristaart #barista