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.
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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
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
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
"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)
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