More coffee beans are brewing up inside BF Homes. I’ve already listed my five caffeine-filled stopovers from the previous post and now adding up the next five; all coffee shops are new with an exclusive village address and there is no overdose here. Wait, it’s not solely about the coffee anymore but also the rice meals, pastas, pastries, and desserts too!
- Test Kitchen Caffè (June 2014)
Yummy meets healthy in a cozy caffè, bakery and commissary run by two budding Filipino chefs who enjoy traveling and always putting a Pinoy accent on their European and Asian travel-inspired cuisine. Taste the intense Vietnamese signature drip coffee pair with their freshly-baked warm pandesal dip to condensed milk.
Other than coffee, their mains are mouth-watering too especially the House Roast TKC Pork Liempo-chon, slow oven roasted pork belly with a Cebuano twist.
Address: B6L7 Tropical Avenue BF Homes International Las Piñas (neighbor with Kapeng Mainit)
- Barako Haus (April 2015)
Barako Haus is a fresh choice to the nearby Starbucks along President and Aguirre Avenues. The store is serving your typical beans but also alamid (pre-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the civet), considered as the most expensive coffee beans in the world. The Filipino facade adds up the comfy feel of the place. Also, introducing “sungka” to my son while sipping a hot mug is the kind of to-do activity while here. Sungka is a traditional Filipino game played wherever Philippine migrants are living; playing it is also known to improve mathematical thinking and observation skills.
Address: Unit 102 Presidents Arcade Presidents Avenue BF Homes, Parañaque (neighbor with Cafe IF)
- Kapeng Mainit (June 2015)
The tiny space along Tropical Avenue is worth the stop if craving for something strong and sweet. They serve a so-called “Kapeng Mainit Special” compose of barako coffee with cinnamon, cocoa, and crème brulee creamer. But for me, the hot mug of black barako is perfect as it is, no need to add anything! The oozing chocolate “Beignets of Kapeng Mainit” will complete the treat. Beignets is a French doughnut covered with powdered snow-like sugar and stuffed in the middle with either chocolate or green tea filling.
Address: B3L6 Tropical Avenue BF Homes International Las Piñas (neighbor with Test Kitchen Caffe)
- Cafe IF (September 2015)
Korean cafe with coffee, milk snow, fruit smoothie, and tea on the menu list. What’s more fascinating is the ambiance, like transporting you somewhere else… and yes, perhaps one of the gardens in Korea. Other than coffee, I also enjoyed the strawberry milk snow (pile of shaved ice, milk, and sliced strawberry tops).
Address: 2F GLT Bldg., President St., BF Homes, Parañaque (neighbor with Barako Haus)
- Cafe Styria (September 2015)
Operated by an Austrian Chef, the cafe serves authentic pastries and coffee from Austria. Get your hot brew and take a pick of their array of Styrian sweets like the Apple Strudel, a traditional Viennese pastry filled with apples, cinnamon, raisins served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream on the side.
Address: Suite 201 Greenworld Plaza, 79 Presidents Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque
UPDATE (as of August 2017)
- New address of Kapeng Mainit is at #3 Pablo Roman, BF Homes, Las Piñas
- Café Styria and Cafe IF – Closed
Photo Source: Images via Facebook page of each Coffee Store.