Pinoy opens streetside coffee shop inside a London telephone booth

While it may not be bigger on the inside, a Filipino living overseas has made the most of a 3-foot telephone booth along London’s Sicilian Avenue by repurposing it into “London’s smallest coffee shop.”

London-based Pinoy Joel Carlos has been turning heads online and offline for “Manila Brew,” his newest business venture that serves coffee, pastries, and snacks along the busy shopping district in Bloomsbury, where everyone is on foot.

Each morning, Carlos sets up an umbrella, a folding chair, and a sign while a fully-stocked booth shows off the goods — from an espresso machine to stacks of cookies and ensaymada, a sweet and fluffy bun usually topped with butter, sugar, and cheese.

Carlos sells his espresso at GBP1.50 (PHP150 or US$2.04), while an americano would set one back by GBP2.40 (PHP167.57 or US$3.27).

The entrepreneur, who moved to England in 2003, left his job as a full-time chef and opened the Manila Brew this month.

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