Craft Coffee Workshop
The search for the perfect connoisseur coffee brew in Manila could well be over with the opening of charming new coffeehouse Craft Coffee Workshop, with its rustic, wooden tables, chalkboard menus and wall-adorning wooden crates filled with antique knick-knacks.
For owners Silvester Samonte, Raymond So and Peter Ong, this new venture is part of the third wave of artisanal blenders who forego commercial coffee shops, opting instead for in-house roasting, using single-origin beans from Indonesia, Kenya and Colombia, among others.
The ‘micro roastery’ cafe caters to all tastes from bitter to sweet, like the naturally-processed Brazil Santos Yellow Bourbon Arabica with its hint of chocolate and wine-like acidity, and the light caramel flavour of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with notes of jasmine and citrus. Alternatively, opt for the honey texture of their ‘crown jewel’ Mataas Miarayon, or bid (literally) for a nutty espresso using hard-to-find Atok Benguet beans.
The workshop sells top-of-the-range grinders for educated home-brewing, and if you need a quick lesson, join the aspiring baristas and café owners who enroll to master the art of brewing, where you’ll learn intricacies like the little-known effects of farming practises, grind-size, water’s hardness, as well as temperature and minerality on taste (CCW use a custom-designed industrial-grade filtration system). Coffee connoisseur!