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

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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.

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_white

Photo Source: Images via the FB page of each Coffee Store except Farmer's Orchard.
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South’s Coffee Drive-Thru

Have you gone into one of those sluggish evenings that you strongly crave for a hot coffee but you don’t feel like going down the store to buy a cup? Fancying over guiltless chocolate cake or caramel belgian waffle for a midnight snack?

The good news for caffeine-fanatics nowadays is that drive-thru is no longer exclusive for fast food chains.

What started as a kind of wishful thinking become a reality; sneaking out at 11 pm almost-in-jammies and sipping a fresh brew from Starbucks or Coffee Bean is now possible!

Location: Starmall Prima, Daang Hari, Vista City, Molino, Bacoor Cavite

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Coffee Bean has finally opened its first ever drive-thru not just in the Philippines but also in Asia with Cavite as the premier store with such added feature. Now it’s way handy to grab an Ice Blended Latte and Greek Salad. The barista was nice based on our first visit and we appreciate the random act of extra effort even small; she volunteered to spread the blue cheese on our warm bagel and was polite handing over our beverage.

The easiest way to reach from Makati would be by taking the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and exiting at the new MCX (Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway). Turn left on Daang-Hari after the toll gate and drive for about 5 minutes, immediately after All-Home on the left is Coffee Bean.

Location: South Hub Caltex, Mamplasan, Biñan, Laguna (along SLEX South bound)

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starbucks-drive-thru-video-screenNow you can see your Barista’s face alongside the ordering information with the drive-thru video screen. Starbucks says that they introduced the technology to maintain that customer-barista connection.

The barista sounds and looks enthusiastic during our first experience, she took our list of craving smoothly and our beverage was served as we like it.

Espresso Frappuccino and macadamia cookie come quicker if going farther South, oh what about Tagaytay or Batangas?!

 

 

Location: Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang-Hari, Las Piñas

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The location is really good with stone-brick facade as if transporting you to another place. But the service is apparently poor here… not that kind of customer relationship which Starbucks guarantees.

“Our brand is defined quintessentially by the experience in our stores,” Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO, said at an investor conference earlier this year. “And our stores come to life by our people.”

Either coffee not properly prepared (too bland, too sweet, not just the right blend) and the rudest Starbucks baristas I’ve encountered (getting the wrong order and serving with a frown). They are the first drive-thru near our area so we have to settle with their low-grade, lousy output simply because of proximity (driving to BGC or Libis is a bit far). And really, their location is worth the visit; Evia is an astounding place to go in the South.

Really hope they improve soon and aim to stand firm with how the global Starbucks promises to deliver.

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

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!

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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.

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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.

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Address: B6L7 Tropical Avenue BF Homes International Las Piñas (neighbor with Kapeng Mainit)

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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.

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Address: Unit 102 Presidents Arcade Presidents Avenue BF Homes, Parañaque (neighbor with Cafe IF)

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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.

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Address: B3L6 Tropical Avenue BF Homes International Las Piñas (neighbor with Test Kitchen Caffe)

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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).

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Address: 2F GLT Bldg., President St., BF Homes, Parañaque (neighbor with Barako Haus)

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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.

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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.

28 Coffee Memes to Wake Up the Sleepy Mind!

Here are cups and cups of coffee memes most appropriate on a Monday morning after the long weekend; particularly relatable to boost the day. Have a great week ahead!

1.   Check. Check. Check.

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2.   Never fails.

2solve problems

3.   Can’t agree more.

3depresso

4.   No to unfair labor practice.

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5.  Don’t make a kitty mad.

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6.   Even a President has that moment of blank stare.

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7.   Expecto Patronum.

7Coffee-defined

8.   Admit it.

8coffee batman

9.   You know what to do.

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10.   My kind of transfusion.

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11.   Best pie chart ever made!

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12.   Something is missing, yes.

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13.  Do I need to say more?

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14.   Must.Never.Run.Out.Of.Stock.

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15.  Such an understatement.

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16.   …

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17.   (Applause!)

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18. A day in my life.

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19.   Secure yourself before showing up or else…

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20.   Just so to settle the feud.

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21.   Huh? Or maybe the entire coffee maker.

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22.   Hide the horns!

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23. My Hero.

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24.  Sum it up with the daily visit at Starbucks, maybe the cost is almost the same.

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25. Can I have Iced Latte after the Hot Americano?

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26.   Eureka!!!

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27.    ¡Sí! Evet! Hai. Oui ! ναι! Sim! Ja!

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28.   I know, right.

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Photo source: images from various online memes

Healthier Drink at TeaLife

Tea and milk tea stations are almost everywhere in the city. I have my own moment of fascination with teas but with just a few visits because most stores do not serve a good cup of my true love—coffee!

On occasion, our family enjoys a sip of black or jasmine tea, milk tea, cold chocolate drink. And we found a  place inside BF Homes that serves all these plus more.

TeaLife comes on our list. As their tag says, “it is a place to chillax”—calm down and relax with their highest quality of tea and coffee with ingredients imported from America and Taiwan.

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TeaLife is dedicated to give supreme standard in terms of satisfying its customers’ craving for healthier options. It is their priority to serve freshly prepared dishes and committed to source out the finest teas around the world. They offer a 100% guarantee that their teas are made with real fruit puree which means that vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are all packed on every drink. As the Company’s mantra goes, balanced diet paired with an active lifestyle is one of the best combinations to a well-balanced life.

What’s going to be your pick? Healthy selections may also mean delicious and fun. Caramel Coffee Frappe and Strawberry Fruit Tea are my favorites! The Belgian Waffles with Speculoos Cookie Butter is just a perfect match with any of the beverage too.

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Oh, maybe a rice meal on the next visit?

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TeaLife also has a space for internet computer rental so when connection at home is a struggle, they are ready to rescue so you can beat those deadlines with fast online access accompanied by freshly brewed iced tea or coffee on the side!

They don’t have a branch elsewhere (yet) so this is an exclusive venue to explore along Aguirre St., BF Homes. TeaLife is one of the many fine establishments inside the village that you don’t get to experience anywhere else.

Photo Source: Images via TeaLife Facebook page