There’s no better way to beat the Manila heat than with a glass of iced coffee. With specialty coffee shops popping up virtually everywhere, you’ve got many an alternative for a frosty caffeine fix. Head to one of these spots and get cool buzz to boost you through draining summer days!
By Pamela Cortez
From the influx of quality coffee shops around the city, it seems as if Yardstick has been creating the most buzz. The guys behind the shop take their coffee seriously, creating signature brews that are distinctly their own. They love the bean so much that yardstick even offers courses and workshops to support local coffee culture.
The 12-hour cold brew is an excellent way to taste Yardstick’s distinct blend, but the Santa’s Iced White is a complex creation that is definitely not your average Starbucks cup.
G/f Universal LMS Bldg., 106 Esteban Street , Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines 1229
From a tiny space tucked in Salcedo Village, Commune has been making noise as an unapologetically simple café, serving the tireless Makati crowd all day. Conceived as an alternative to the commercial coffee chains, Commune is one of those places that make business meetings seem like lunches with your barkada.
Iced mochas may sound standard-issue, but here, they are both refreshed and refreshing. Unlike your popular iced mocha, the chocolate here does not overpower the coffee but compliments its robust espresso blend.
Liberty Center, 104 H.V. Dela Costa, Makati, Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF COFFEE
Although their pastries have been incredibly well received (squid ink croissant, anyone?), the coffee here—made with a La Marzocco machine, the favorite of coffee enthusiasts—is some of the best around. Located in the heart of Little Baguio, a place often on the map for its great neighborhood restaurants, Department of Coffee is a great addition to a Northern food trip.
Their simple menu sticks to all the classics: Americano, macchiato, cappuccino, latte, and espresso, which can all be iced for free. The Sumatran blend, a straightforward, single-origin brew, is your best bet here. Just add a little caramel syrup to sweeten the pot.
197 Wilson Street, San Juan, Quezon City.
LUNA SPECIALTY COFFEE
Owned by director Lino Cayetano, Luna is the best place in Fort to get an awesome cup of joe. The neighborhood café is decidedly Filipino with both drinks and delicious grub, an ode to almusal and merienda. Pair their signature Luna brew with a binagoongan omelette for a great pre-work breakfast.
Revisit your childhood with Luna’s candyccinos—single-drip coffee infused with syrups made from sweet grade school go-tos: White Rabbit and Flat Tops.
Units 3&4 NAC Tower , 32nd St., BGC Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
SUBSPACE COFFEE HOUSE
To students in the Ortigas area, Subspace is a refreshing change of pace from the chains in the area. With an interior that’s hip yet relaxed, it’s the perfect place to delve into your law books or that group study session. Aside from great coffee, Subspace serves up playful beverages, including their answer to the trendy milk tea.
Subspace is known for their purple potato latte, which is even better iced. Milky, and sweet, it may not be for coffee purists, but it is still a delicious pick-me-up.
Unit 103, GF Grand Emerald Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605, Philippines