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Great Grinders

June 20, 2016
Manila’s Best Coffee

Forget Starbucks and Costa! These days Manila boasts an enviable bevy of bean bars, from Melbourne-worthy barista brews to unique twists on trad styles. Here’s a hit list of our fave java joints...

Barely bigger than an espresso glass, Caravan Black isn’t the kind of place that inspires caffeine connoisseurs to linger over a latte. Lucky then, their signature cup n’ straw sips are easily taken to-go. Grab a refreshingly icy milk and honey joe or a sparkling brew on the rocks.

Those that would rather curl up with their cuppa ought skip over to Caffeinated inside interiors store-cum-caff Moziac Living, who’ll provide the most plush of pews to add some home-spo to your long black. Then, if you find in-boutique brewing is to your liking, buzz over to Tenant. Best know for kitting out Makati’s beach babes and surfer dudes with rad boards and threads, their concept shop also has a wood-clad cafe which serves coff, sangas and other gnarly grub. Cowabunga!

If the thought of Aero-Pressing and air-kissing is enough to have to weeping into your flat white, try humble hang Shutter Cafe. Lined with antique snappers from the camera shop next door, it’s not the hippest brew-ser on the block but the coffee does the trick, plus there are some amusingly lost-in-translation western snacks to sate the famished.

Or, if nothing but a true-blue Melbourne brew will do, look no further than Where’s Marcel? These self-proclaimed caffeine specialists serve up classic blends... under the light of Edison bulbs, natch. They’ve got a selection of glossy, glutton-pleasing pastries too. Just brew-tiful!

Caravan Black / 4th Ave / Net Park Bldg / Bonifacio / Taguig / 8am-9pm Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat / cash only
Caffeined at Mozaic Living / 7 Sheridan St / Mandaluyong / + 63 2 634 5954, +63 2 477 2652 / 9am-9pm Mon-Sat /
Tenant Manila / 9639 Kamagong St / Makati / +63 2 751 3086 / noon-9pm Tue-Sat, noon-7pm Sun /
Shutter Cafe / 118 Scout Dr Lazcano / Quezon / +63 2 871 9342 / 10am-9pm Mon-Sat
Where’s Marcel? / 30 Pearl Dr / Ortigas Center / Pasig / +63 2 535 0621 / 7am-10pm Mon-Sat, 7am-4pm Sun / cash only