The goal is not just to be known as a coffee shop but to be the benchmark of what good coffee is.One of Manila’s third-wave coffee shops, Yardstick is found in Legazpi Village, Makati and offers more than a hot cup of joe. Customers can expect personalized service and learning about the art of coffee-making through Yardstick’s workshops that tackle everything from brewing your own coffee to recipe design. The goal is not just to be known as a coffee shop but to be the benchmark of what good coffee is. On the menu are Black and White coffee as well as their special 12-hour Cold Brew. For something sweet to chew on, there’s the buttermilk waffles served with Carmen’s Best artisanal ice cream and The young company is also a distributor of La Marzocco and Rocket Espresso brands of coffee machines.
This global coffee shop brand from Australia opened in Manila earlier this year. Its flagship store in Makati’s Salcedo Village is dressed up in a mix of custom furniture accented with reclaimed wood and small pots of greenery, making the space very casual chic. Their signature blends are a hit particularly their Flat White. For savories, there’s the Brouille on Toast made of scrambled eggs with mushrooms on brioche bread. They also have a Chorizo and Egg Bun inspired by the choriburger of Boracay and a Pastrami Sandwich with coleslaw, gruyere cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread.
Another Makati coffee stop, Local Edition boasts of having their own signature blend called Perea, which is the street where their store is located. It’s a combination of Benguet Arabica, Ifugao Robusta and Cavite Excelsa with a little barako mixed in, which you can have as Espresso Single or Double, Long Black, Latte or Capuccino. Pair it with their grilled cheese sandwich or Mac ‘n 3 Cheese.
EDSA Beverage Design Group
EBDG is a purveyor of liquid cuisine and serves specialty coffee, craft cocktails and even handcrafted sodas. The cool wood and industrial décor creates an easygoing vibe perfect for chilling out on a weekend night. Try out their signature Dark Matter Theory espresso blend or a glass of Dirty White. They have a new breakfast menu which includes granola with yoghurt and brioche served with three kinds of jam. You can also have their beans delivered to you just by signing up on www.ykwroasters.com.
Luna Specialty Coffee
A Filipino-themed coffee shop, Luna Specialty Coffee offers Filipino-inspired dishes with a gourmet touch. They have their own specialty brew, the Luna brew, but the most intriguing concoction on the menu would be their White Rabbit Candyccino made with the toffee-flavored candy. Savories include all-day breakfast items like the Smoked Bangus Pan de Sal and the Binagoongan omelette. They also have desserts like the Leche Flan Yema and some interesting pies like the Apple Singkamas.