Cafe Barrios in Manila.
Boarding the bus at Cubao Station in Quezon City, I wedge myself amid throngs of domestic tourists attempting to vacate Manila before the Papal entourage shut down half the city. After such a crush, an economy class bus seat was positively spacious; I sleep hard and awake at sunrise just outside Baguio. When I first arrived at La […]
For some, the smell of cookies baking or the whiff of a familiar perfume can bring back a rush of memories. Walking into Bintana cafe in a quiet neighborhood of central Cebu City in the Philippines, one immediately feels at home. The scent of coffee brewing, the sound of home-cooking sizzling in the kitchen, the wall […]
Before Craft Coffee Workshop opened in Manila in 2012, it was all but impossible to find a slow brew or an espresso that could highlight the character of different coffee origins in the city. The founders, Sly Samonte, Raymond So, and Peter Ong had a vision of a place that could educate Manila consumers, helping […]
At the center of the business district of the buzzing, 25.5 million-large metropolis of Manila lies Yardstick Coffee. This cafe, roastery and training space adjoining a restaurant is a breath of fresh air amongst the corporate chain cafes that line the neighboring malls. As you walk into the space, the simplicity and stark design is […]