The Not-So-Very-Nice People at the Coffee Stores

coffee shop pet peeveI enjoy working at coffee shops; it is an ideal other-office to finish a deadline, start a collaboration, prepare a report, read a chapter, or write a blog. There are a lot of times when I can accomplish more here than staying at the office. But not every day I get a dose of tranquility or that sense of accomplishment with a coffee in hand; some people just seem to miss good manners and drop “proper courtesy” in their vocabulary that I cannot simply ignore The Attitude. Have you encountered these not-so-very-nice customers?

  1. Talking on their mobile phones as if they are the only one in the room.
  2. Lounging on the store couch feeling like they are in their own bed.
  3. Removing their shoes and flaunting their feet! Are they assuming they are alone at home?
  4. Taking their time to look at the menu not minding the long queue.
  5. Chatting with each other in a loud voice perhaps imagining they just purchased the place!
  6. Owning an entire four-seater space and not planning to share despite the many crowds.
  7. Depriving other people a chance to charge drained phone or laptop batteries.
  8. Not cleaning their own mess; yes there are cleaners but throwing empty cups or setting aside used mugs won’t be much of a sweat.
  9. Slurping the coffee which makes me wonder if I am in a ramen house.
  10. Saying sorry or excuse me is not very common nowadays. There are instances when the venue can be full and we might unintentionally hit someone’s shoulder in a cramped walkway or drop someone’s stuff in a squeezed table… shall we just pretend like nothing happened?

I’m sure you have more encounters to add. But isn’t always ideal to go back to the basics and recall what we have learned in grade school? As simple as applying respect and courtesy wherever we go. Well, hope you still enjoy the fresh brew!

Coffee chat with @WriteNowNa


Finding the New Coffee Spot in and around BF Homes (Part 3)

Excited to share the third batch of a good coffee spot around BF Homes. Coming from my first two lists, some café shops are still around, some moved to a new location while some are now close. It just shows how tough it is to maintain the operation in the midst of so many coffee stores (from foreign to local to niche artisan competition).

To my disappointment, some of my previous lists fail to brew consistency. During the time of writing them, they were good but we have a couple of visits since then with a frustrating cup. One day, coffee is great; the next, bland. But this new line-up seems to remain consistent so far with the three stores opening last 2016 and the other back in 2014. Taste is espresso-strong with a fair hint of milky-richness. Venue is also ideal for an intimate meet-up with friends, polish a work deck, or just study and get a corner for reading.

Here’s the new pick with flat white (an espresso based coffee beverage prepared by pouring microfoam, a steamed milk consisting of small fine bubbles with a glossy or velvety consistency, over a shot of espresso. It is somewhat similar to the traditional 140 ml cappuccino or latte although smaller in volume, therefore having a higher proportion of coffee to milk—allowing the espresso to dominate the flavour*) as the common order for the first three and hot latte for the last two.

Address: #29 Presidents Ave, BF Homes, Sucat, Parañaque

Bowen 24 Cafe at Presisent Avenue - BF Homes

Address: #196 J. Elizalde Ave. BF Homes, Sucat, Paranaque (beside Scooter Depot)

Lusine Cafe at Elizalde St BF Homes

Address: Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Exchange Alley Coffee House Molito Alabang

Address: 273 Aguirre Ave, Parañaque, 1720 Metro Manila

It took a while before I get to drink my latte, coffee art is just way too adorable.

I should have included this on my earlier list but we haven’t really decided to try and go up to their second-floor store until just recently when we’ve learned that they supply the same dessert at Toby’s Estate. Apparently the brownie which is “not a brownie” has their own coffee shop and it’s good!

Address: Mezzanine Level, JJACC Building, 169 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

Not a brownie dessert at Toby's Estate


Update as of August 2017 – Bucky’s corner already closed.


Photo Source: Images via the FB page of each Coffee Store except Farmer's Orchard.

The Next 5 Coffee Stopovers Inside BF Homes (Part 2)

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!


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 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)


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)


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)


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.

5 Coffee Stopover: Now Brewing at BF Homes (Part 1)

There are tons of Starbucks stores wherever we go. Just around BF Homes, there are about five branches (two along Aguirre Street; one in SM BF, Santana Grove, and Molito, respectively). Other known coffee brands are also within reach—The Coffee Project (Posadas), Figaro (San Antonio Avenue), Caffe Benne (SM BF), Bo’s (Aguirre Avenue), and Seattle’s Best (Aguirre Avenue).

I am a fan of such coffee franchise and would repetitively come over for that desired espresso cup. But it is like a breath of fresh air to have a quality coffee-experience exclusively located within the neighborhood; giving a more personalized service, less commercialized product.

No need to go far—whether you are tired after work, needs a break after school, just longing for an intimate chat with friends, or a random caffeine boost is a must… sure you will enjoy an espresso-escape right inside the village!

They all offer the same product but each store has its distinct character—from the taste and the way they present each quality beverage, their food lineup (bread, pastas, and sandwiches), unique brand concept, and creative themes.

Ready to have your caffeine-overload with these brew-boosting establishments exclusively located inside BF Homes? Here’s a quick rundown.

This artisan coffee shop vouch for customers to “experience a masterpiece in each cup”.


Windy or cold night at their veranda for a delicious mug of my traditional favorite hot latte is something to look forward to. Oh wait, the Belgian Heartbreaker is also another drink to anticipate.

Despite the occasional heavy-traffic view of Aguirre and Elizalde Streets, I consistently find solace while sitting on any of this spot as long as I have a mug in hand.


Address:  #115 2/F The Prime Building Aguirre Ave, Parañaque

Cafe Alezon is a quaint bistro-cafe with lovely interior and almost every piece of furniture, fixture or artwork has a story (that huge Mona Lisa painting is a beauty to look at). The place is a refuge to the busy street of Tropical Avenue made catchier with the word “Turkish Coffee” flashing.



Cookie Shot!

Address: #146 Tropical Avenue, BF Homes, Las Piñas

Their tagline goes, “seize the day with good coffee and food”.


Such a relaxing nook along the loaded commute of Aguirre Street but there is calmness inside while sipping their Iced Latte.


Address: #122 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

The hand-brewed specialty coffee is worth-coming back with freshly baked pastries, pastas (love the pesto) and sandwiches (the roast beef). Good to bring along kids too because they have a small kiddie activity corner.



Address: #29 Presidents Avenue Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque

Penny Lane Coffee (2015)

Ah, memories (of Beatles, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Bob Marley). And their coffee. (Plus the bacon and waffles!)


Penny Lane is just about six weeks old yet the kind of coffee they serve is as good as the mainstream cafe.


Address: 317-A Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

Suggested Article: You may also want to read The Next 5 Coffee Stopver Inside BF Homes (Part 2)

UPDATE (as of February 2017)

  • New address of Carpe Diem is at #153 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
  • Paume’s Pastry House – Closed
  • Penny Lane Coffee – Closed

Photo Source: Images via Facebook page of each Coffee Store.