These Shops Brew Unique Coffee, Like Avo Latte and Ginger Coffee

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If you’re a fan of coffee, you’ve probably tried it all. Americanos, lattes, macchiatos, espressos. If you want something unique, we recommend you try these drinks:

Exchange Alley Coffee House


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Exchange Alley Coffee House, or EACH, proudly roasts and serves specialty coffee in the South since 2016. The name is inspired by a series of alleyways in an old neighborhood in London, where the first coffee houses set up shop in the early 1600s. They have the Bombon Latte, their take on the Spanish latte. Their version combines fresh espresso, nutmeg, steamed Bonsoy almond milk, and housemade cream of coconut. You can have this hot or iced. A hot day may make you want to try their Fruitbomb, which has fresh shots of espresso, honey, citron, hibiscus, and strawberry.

Location: Unit 3 Molito Lifestyle Extension, Madrigal Avenue, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Niseko Coffee


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Niseko Coffee is a specialty coffee stand inspired by a Japanese coffee shop that owner Diane Uy visited. The coffee stand serves espresso-based drinks and hand-drip coffee using Japanese precision brewing. Aside from making sure that all ingredients are measured, they make their own syrups and sauces. Try their Campfire Latte, a classic latte topped with torched marshmallows. Pair it with their freshly-cooked taiyaki, or Japanese fish-shaped waffles.

Location: Greenhills Promenade, San Juan City

Pickup Coffee


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Pickup Coffee prides itself on offering specialty coffee for everyone. Prices start P50 and there’s nothing above P100. Quality is great, too, because they only use single-origin arabica beans. Order their Avo Latte, which uses all-natural avocado with creamy milk and rich espresso over ice, or try the Nutellate, which has rich espresso, creamy milk, and Nutella. Another intriguing drink is the Dirty Chai, which combines cinnamon masala, rich espresso, and creamy milk.

Location: GrabFood, foodpanda, and Pickaroo. They also hold pop-ups every now and then. An app is in the pipeline.



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PAPAKAPE is founded on the generous gesture of the phrase “papa-kape ako.” What a delight it would be to be treated to PAPAKAPE’s coffee, especially their Palanan Signature line. This is made up of coffee and tea infused with ginger. The Iced Coco Latte is ginger-infused coffee in cocomilk and topped with panucha toffee. PAPAKAPE’s Hot Gingerccino is topped with coco froth and cinnamon. There’s also the Choco Mochaluya, which has homemade chocolate milk with ginger-infused coffee.

Location: 5641 Ampere Street, Palanan, Makati

Deuces Coffee


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Deuces Coffee started as a roasting company that sold coffee by the bottle. They enjoyed the experience that they decided to open their store. The first thing you’ll notice when you enter Deuces is that it’s a beautiful pink space. But don’t let the “Instagrammable” vibe fool you, they take their coffee seriously. They have a wide selection of single-origin beans, their baristas are trained to brew excellent coffee, and they use a special kind of filter. Try their Cereal Milk Latte, which has milk, espresso, and cereal bits.

Location: 103 Perea Street, Makati

Odd Cafe


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Odd Cafe may be hidden but it’s worth the trip seven floors up. It’s a creatively-designed space with fun shapes, colors, and interiors. The star, however, is the coffee. Try the bestselling French Kiss, inspired by French toast. It has espresso, vanilla, and cinnamon. The Black Forest, meanwhile, has layers of coffee, dark chocolate, cashew milk, cherries, and almond syrup. Movie-lovers will enjoy Cinema Brew, which has sweet caramel popcorn. Another must-try is the Odd Quake, a thick milkshake version of the Caffe Mocha, with a coconut twist.

Location: 7/F Finman Centre, 131 Tordesillas corner Bautista Street, Salcedo Village, Makati

Angkan Coffee


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A lot of people were sad when % Arabica closed down but its replacement, Angkan Coffee, more than makes up for it. They take pride in their local coffee beans and snacks. Try the Orange Juice Espresso, which has orange juice and, well, espresso.

Location: G/F W City Center, 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig / 7th Avenue, corner 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig / L1 The Podium Mall, 12 ADB Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong



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Yardstick is a legend in the coffee industry, having served customers since 2013. They still know how to shake things up and they did when they launched their latest branch at MOA Square. The new store carries exclusive drinks that are worth the trip down south: the bestselling Sea Salt Latte is espresso topped with sea salt cream, while the Manila Latte is espresso with a pineapple slushie. The Makati outpost still carries some unique drinks, such as the Black Magic (coffee and chocolate) and the Yardshake (cold-brewed coffee, ice cream, milk and ground espresso).

Locations: Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Makati / MOA Square, 2nd Floor, Pasay



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Coffee from Grouphug will surely feel like a hug. Their specialty coffee hits the spot, especially their Pit Stop. It’s a double espresso shot with tonic water and lemon. If you’re a biker, you get 10% off your drink!

Location: Unit H, Hanmaq Food Plaza, J.B. Tan cor. E. Kalaw Streets, BF Resort Village, Las Piñas City

Muji Coffee


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Muji is known for its quality and minimalism, so it’s no surprise that those traits also apply to its coffee. They recently launched Muji Coffee, “a small, clean, and calm space where you can take a break, work, or spend time with friends and family.” Try the Ichigo Cafe Mocha, which features a strawberry flavor.

Location: Central Square, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Good Sh*t Coffee


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Trust a coffee shop named Good Sh*t to serve good coffee. Try the Salted Caramel coffee, which can be served hot or iced. Pair it with one of their equally delicious snacks, like the Guava Cheese Roll or the Kween-saymada, a mix of kouign amann and ensaymada. This comes in two flavors: queso de bola and salted chocolate.

Location: 5872 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati


THE COFFEE ACADEMÏCS is a Hong Kong import that uses local beans. As the name suggests, it has “comprehensive coffee training programs for both professional and hobbyist purposes.” You don’t have to be an aspiring barista to enjoy their coffee, though. Try their unique offerings, like the Manuka, a latte with natural and raw New Zealand Manuka; the Gula Jawa, an Indonesian palm sugar latte macchiato with coconut and pandan; the Agave, a latte candied with Mexican agave nectar and black pepper; and the Okinawa, a cappuccino blend with unrefined brown cane sugar from Okinawa, Japan.

Locations: 109 C. Palanca Street, Legazpi Village, Makati / 26th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig / Robinsons Magnolia / SM Megamall

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