5 of the best coffee shops in Metro Manila

Where to go to feed your caffeine addiction, as tipped by our top barista

By Amanda Lago

Our lounge lizard, an expert barista who joined us in our recent coffee taste test, tells us where to go in Metro Manila for your caffeine fix, whether you like steamed or frothing. 

If we've missed your favorite, let us know in the comment box below. 

Toby's Estate

Latte art brightens up this cup of coffee at the newly-opened Toby's White Space branch. Photo courtesy of Toby's Estate

Toby's Estate prides itself in sourcing the best coffee beans, buying straight from sustainable farms. The shop which sells coffee beans also serves coffee. Its most popular blend is the Australian Woolloomooloo which makes for a great cup of black coffee. Toby Estate, a franchise from Australia, opened in the Philippines in mid-2014, and now has six branches in Metro Manila, including a newly-opened one in White Space, Makati.  

Toby's Estate, Whitespace Manila, 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

Coffee Empire 

Photo courtesy of Coffee Empire

This shop not only features coffee from other parts of the world such as Brazil and Guatemala, but also puts the spotlight on local beans from Sagada and Benguet. Their Single Origins of the Day is worth a taste.

Coffee Empire, #74 West Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City

Yardstick

A mocha, made with African grown Forastero and Trinitario cocoa. Photo courtesy of Yardstick

Their manifesto declares that their only focus is coffee - so you can expect a good brew. Changing their offerings every few months, Yardstick sources coffee from as far away as Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Peru. Our expert recommends the Suke Quto drip coffee.

Yardstick Coffee, Universal LMS Bldg., 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati; Tel: +639177236079

Afters

Photo courtesy of Afters

"The coffee is not specialty coffee, but the owner Vince Fideles knows how to pull the coffee correctly. It's a commercial coffee blend, but he knows how to pull it perfectly," our expert says. Order Afters' signature espresso blend with Tahitian vanilla gelato, a perfect match.

Afters, 20 Lansbergh Place, Tomas Morato Avenue cor. Scout Castor, Quezon City

EDSA Beverage Design Group (BDG)

The 'Dirty White' - hot espresso layered over cold milk and topped with coffee grounds. Photo courtesy of EDSA BDG

A group that says they are "in pursuit of the noble beverage", they not only develop coffee, but also cocktails, soda, and beer. Even with other drinks on the menu, coffee still manages to come out on top, thanks to their almost-scientific approach to beverage design. A must-try is their Dark Matter Theory espresso, with milk.

EDSA BDG, 209 EDSA CLMC Bldg., Greenhills, Mandaluyong

Published October 2015