June 25, 2017

Top 10 Best Coffee Shops in the Philippines 2017

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Another school year has just begun which means pulling up all-nighters for a test, or meeting with classmates for a group project. With the onset of the rainy season, professionals also need a cup of joe to warm them up. Whether you’re a student or an employee, the ubiquity of coffee shops in the metro offers endless options for getting a caffeine fix.

Through our latest weekly poll, we’ve now narrowed down the best coffee shops in the Philippines below.


10. The Coffee Project, Manila’s Best Coffee


Starting off our countdown starts is a tie in 10th place between The Coffee Project and Manila’s Best Coffee.


coffee shops in Manila

Coffee Project combines coffee with cozy interiors.


Coffee Project is Manuel Villar’s foray into the coffee shop business, the former senator being a coffee connoisseur himself. The coffee chain first opened in 2014 and currently has 14 branches, with plans to add more branches by the end of the year. Their signature drink is the Coffee Project blend, which is a mix of Arabica and Robusta coffee, while their bestselling drink is the Vietnamese latte. Despite being a relatively new player, Coffee Project has become known not only for their specialty coffee but also their Instagram-worthy interiors.


coffee shops in Manila

Manila’s Best Coffee features locally grown coffee. (Images: Hecky Labergas [L] and Karen Alejano Acut [R])


For those who want a homegrown coffee experience, one option is to go to Manila’s Best Coffee. Despite its name, their coffee beans are not grown in Manila but sourced from different provinces like Baguio, Batangas, Laguna, and Benguet.

At Manila’s Best, customers can have a choice of coffee-based or non-coffee based drinks. Some of these have unique flavors and some with locally sounding names like caramel otap, chocolate lakatan, and spicy chocolate labuyo. Their bestselling drinks, however, are the blended java chip and hot crimson velvet macchiato. They also serve local delicacies aside from baked goods.


9. Dreamland Café



coffee shops in Manila

Brewed kapeng Barako and brewed alamid coffee at Dreamland Café


Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café is the ideal place for artistic people or those who want to relax in an inspiring space. This bohemian-inspired joint is part restaurant and part creative outlet. Dreamland serves hot and cold drinks, including barakong Batangueño and tsokolateng Batangueña. For food, they have appetizers, rice meals, and pasta. Unlike most coffee shops, Dreamland does not have Wi-Fi to encourage guests to talk to each other, read a book, play the guitar, write a poem, or do other online detox activities. Dreamland Café has branches in Lipa City and Tagaytay City.




8. J.CO Donuts, Seattle's Best Coffee, UCC Coffee


The eight spot is a three-way tie among J. Co Donuts, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and UCC Coffee.


coffee shops in Manila

Hot Jcoccino, the specialty coffee drink at J.CO Donuts


It may primarily be a donut shop, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a decent selection of coffee on their menu. Established in 2005, Indonesian brand J.CO Donuts now has 28 branches in the Philippines. J. Coffee, J.CO’s line of coffee products, uses Italian, Sulawesi, and Sumatra blends. The house specialty is their Jcoccino, which has Italian espresso, milk, and foam and comes in hot and cold variants. Other hot drinks include Americano, classic brewed coffee, espresso, and macchiato. They also have a selection of sweet or fruit-based frappes.


coffee shops in Manila

Seattles Best updates their drinks with a touch of sea salt caramel.


Seattle’s Best Coffee started out as an ice cream and coffee shop in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s. It was acquired by Starbucks in 2010 and has over 135 outlets worldwide. Though not as upscale as its parent company, Seattle’s Best still has a good variety of coffee in their menu. They are most known for their trademarked Ice Blended Javakula. Those who want classic flavors can choose from Americano, cappuccino, latte, or mocha hot drinks. They also serve breakfast meals, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and pastries aside from coffee.


coffee shops in Manila

A perfectly brewed cup at UCC Coffee


UCC Coffee brings the number one coffee brand in Japan to Filipino consumers. Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd. was founded in 1951 by the father of coffee in Japan Tadao Ueshima. But it wasn’t until April 2014 that businessman Hubert Young would bring UCC to the Philippines.

Their signature drink is the UCC Special Blend, a well-balanced brew made through a siphon. They also have espresso, iced coffee, ice blended coffee, and ice blended cream drinks. Food at UCC has Western flavors but with Japanese influences. They serve breakfast fare, sandwiches, salads, entrees, pasta dishes, and desserts.


7. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf



coffee shops in Manila

Coffee Bean Original Ice Blended drinks offer a rich, smooth caffeine fix one can sip.


Another popular foreign coffee chain shop in the Philippines is Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL). Also known as The Bean, the brand was created in California in 1963 by Herbert B. Hyman. The house specialty at Coffee Bean is their Original Ice Blended Coffee drinks, touted as the world’s first cold blended coffee drink which uses smooth processed ice. Today, they use the same technique in their tea and fruit smoothies. CBTL also carries espresso, coffee, latte, non-coffee drinks, and coffee-free products. For food, they have breakfast meals, sandwiches, pasta, salads, and pastries to go with their drinks.


6. Bo’s Coffee


Voter’s comment:
“All their branches are cozy, suited for guests who want to work or study.” – Karen


coffee shops in Manila

Bo’s Coffee: championing local beans


One of the well-known local players in the coffee industry is Bo’s Coffee. Founder Steve Benitez started the chain in 1996 in Cebu City, and it has since grown to 91 outlets all over the Philippines. Bo’s aims to shine the spotlight on Philippine coffee with Coffee Origins blends named after the places they source their coffee from: Sagada, Benguet, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Apo, and Mt. Matutum. These can be served poured over or brewed through a French press. They also serve espresso, Americano, cappuccino, mocha, latte, iced blended coffee, and non-coffee blended beverages.




5. Tim Hortons Café and Bakeshop



coffee shops in Manila

Double-double, the classic Tim Hortons drink


Making an entry at number five is a new player to the Manila coffee shop scene. Last February, Canadian coffee-and-donut chain Tim Hortons opened in Manila. The chain is named after hockey star Tim Horton, who first sold burgers before switching to coffee and donuts.

One of the highlights of the menu at Tim Hortons is their Original Blend coffee. “Double-double,” or coffee with two shots of cream and sugar, is a popular way to order this drink. Tim Hortons also has tea, hot and cold beverages, breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, wraps, soups, sides, snacks and baked goods.


4. St. Marc Café


Voters’ comments:
“The shop offers unlimited wifi connection for customers.” – Sol
“Katsu burger, Japanese desserts, cappuccino :)” – Yago


coffee shops in Manila

Matcha latte and Vietnamese coffee from St. Marc Café


Japanese specialty bakery and patisserie St. Marc Café combines delectable desserts with premium coffee in a casual ambiance. The pilot store opened in Singapore opened in 2012 and in 2014, entrepreneur Ben Chan brought the franchise to the country. Today, they have 16 outlets in Southeast Asia, including six branches in the Philippines. While they may be known for their choco cro, they also have a sizable drinks menu to go with their sweet treats. One of these is the quintessentially Japanese matcha latte. Vietnamese coffee and cappuccino have also been proven hits with their customers.


3. Krispy Kreme


Voter’s comment:
“Rich blend and coffee aroma.” – Gee


coffee shops in  Manila

Coffee and doughnuts make a great pair.


Yet another doughnut and coffeehouse chain makes it to the list, with Krispy Kreme at number three. Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in 1937, making it the oldest chain in this list. While their main product is doughnuts, they also have a line of coffee-based drinks to satisfy any caffeine junkie’s cravings. They have their signature coffee which they recommend pairing with their Original Glazed doughnut. Other drinks include kaffe kreme, Americano, cappuccino, latte, caramel latte, and mocha which come in hot or iced varieties. Aside from doughnuts, they also carry baked goods such as pull-aparts, kruffins, and cheese puffs.


2. Dunkin Donuts


Voter’s comment:
“A relaxing, colorful place to hang out with friends, with perfectly brewed coffee.” – Love


coffee shops in Manila

Affordable, no-frills coffee at Dunkin Donuts


Proving that great coffee does not need to be expensive is American doughnut and coffee chain Dunkin’ Donuts. Founded in the 1950s by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts, Dunkin is one of the largest international coffee and baked goods shops. Dunkin’ came to the Philippines in 1981 with an outlet in Makati. Today, it now has over 800 outlets nationwide, earning them the moniker “Pasalubong ng Bayan.” Aside from coffee, they have a variety of hot and cold beverages to complement their sweet treats. They also serve savory snacks like bunwich and croissants.


1. Starbucks



coffee shops in Manila

Selection of hot beverages from Starbucks


Taking the top spot is American coffee chain Starbucks. The company was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971 by three partners who met as students. In 1987, Howard Schultz acquired Starbucks and since then, it has grown to a global empire with 23,768 locations worldwide.

Starbucks offers espresso beverages, brewed coffee, hot chocolate beverages, and tea lattes. However, they are most famous for their trademarked Frappucino blended beverages which can be customized in as many as 36,000 different ways. Completing their menu is an array of breakfast meals, salads, sandwiches, desserts, baked goods, and snacks.


Did your favorite coffee shop make it to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!


Results are based on the Top 10 Coffee Shops in the Philippines 2017Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from June 12 to June 18, 2017.


Photos/Images are from the official Facebook pages of featured establishments except otherwise indicated.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

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June 25, 2017

Top 10 Best Coffee Shops in the Philippines 2017

Because coffee is always a good idea!

Another school year has just begun which means pulling up all-nighters for a test, or meeting with classmates for a group project. With the onset of the rainy season, professionals also need a cup of joe to warm them up. Whether you’re a student or an employee, the ubiquity of coffee shops in the metro offers endless options for getting a caffeine fix.

Through our latest weekly poll, we’ve now narrowed down the best coffee shops in the Philippines below.


10. The Coffee Project, Manila’s Best Coffee


Starting off our countdown starts is a tie in 10th place between The Coffee Project and Manila’s Best Coffee.


coffee shops in Manila

Coffee Project combines coffee with cozy interiors.


Coffee Project is Manuel Villar’s foray into the coffee shop business, the former senator being a coffee connoisseur himself. The coffee chain first opened in 2014 and currently has 14 branches, with plans to add more branches by the end of the year. Their signature drink is the Coffee Project blend, which is a mix of Arabica and Robusta coffee, while their bestselling drink is the Vietnamese latte. Despite being a relatively new player, Coffee Project has become known not only for their specialty coffee but also their Instagram-worthy interiors.


coffee shops in Manila

Manila’s Best Coffee features locally grown coffee. (Images: Hecky Labergas [L] and Karen Alejano Acut [R])


For those who want a homegrown coffee experience, one option is to go to Manila’s Best Coffee. Despite its name, their coffee beans are not grown in Manila but sourced from different provinces like Baguio, Batangas, Laguna, and Benguet.

At Manila’s Best, customers can have a choice of coffee-based or non-coffee based drinks. Some of these have unique flavors and some with locally sounding names like caramel otap, chocolate lakatan, and spicy chocolate labuyo. Their bestselling drinks, however, are the blended java chip and hot crimson velvet macchiato. They also serve local delicacies aside from baked goods.


9. Dreamland Café



coffee shops in Manila

Brewed kapeng Barako and brewed alamid coffee at Dreamland Café


Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café is the ideal place for artistic people or those who want to relax in an inspiring space. This bohemian-inspired joint is part restaurant and part creative outlet. Dreamland serves hot and cold drinks, including barakong Batangueño and tsokolateng Batangueña. For food, they have appetizers, rice meals, and pasta. Unlike most coffee shops, Dreamland does not have Wi-Fi to encourage guests to talk to each other, read a book, play the guitar, write a poem, or do other online detox activities. Dreamland Café has branches in Lipa City and Tagaytay City.




8. J.CO Donuts, Seattle's Best Coffee, UCC Coffee


The eight spot is a three-way tie among J. Co Donuts, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and UCC Coffee.


coffee shops in Manila

Hot Jcoccino, the specialty coffee drink at J.CO Donuts


It may primarily be a donut shop, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a decent selection of coffee on their menu. Established in 2005, Indonesian brand J.CO Donuts now has 28 branches in the Philippines. J. Coffee, J.CO’s line of coffee products, uses Italian, Sulawesi, and Sumatra blends. The house specialty is their Jcoccino, which has Italian espresso, milk, and foam and comes in hot and cold variants. Other hot drinks include Americano, classic brewed coffee, espresso, and macchiato. They also have a selection of sweet or fruit-based frappes.


coffee shops in Manila

Seattles Best updates their drinks with a touch of sea salt caramel.


Seattle’s Best Coffee started out as an ice cream and coffee shop in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s. It was acquired by Starbucks in 2010 and has over 135 outlets worldwide. Though not as upscale as its parent company, Seattle’s Best still has a good variety of coffee in their menu. They are most known for their trademarked Ice Blended Javakula. Those who want classic flavors can choose from Americano, cappuccino, latte, or mocha hot drinks. They also serve breakfast meals, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and pastries aside from coffee.


coffee shops in Manila

A perfectly brewed cup at UCC Coffee


UCC Coffee brings the number one coffee brand in Japan to Filipino consumers. Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd. was founded in 1951 by the father of coffee in Japan Tadao Ueshima. But it wasn’t until April 2014 that businessman Hubert Young would bring UCC to the Philippines.

Their signature drink is the UCC Special Blend, a well-balanced brew made through a siphon. They also have espresso, iced coffee, ice blended coffee, and ice blended cream drinks. Food at UCC has Western flavors but with Japanese influences. They serve breakfast fare, sandwiches, salads, entrees, pasta dishes, and desserts.


7. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf



coffee shops in Manila

Coffee Bean Original Ice Blended drinks offer a rich, smooth caffeine fix one can sip.


Another popular foreign coffee chain shop in the Philippines is Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL). Also known as The Bean, the brand was created in California in 1963 by Herbert B. Hyman. The house specialty at Coffee Bean is their Original Ice Blended Coffee drinks, touted as the world’s first cold blended coffee drink which uses smooth processed ice. Today, they use the same technique in their tea and fruit smoothies. CBTL also carries espresso, coffee, latte, non-coffee drinks, and coffee-free products. For food, they have breakfast meals, sandwiches, pasta, salads, and pastries to go with their drinks.


6. Bo’s Coffee


Voter’s comment:
“All their branches are cozy, suited for guests who want to work or study.” – Karen


coffee shops in Manila

Bo’s Coffee: championing local beans


One of the well-known local players in the coffee industry is Bo’s Coffee. Founder Steve Benitez started the chain in 1996 in Cebu City, and it has since grown to 91 outlets all over the Philippines. Bo’s aims to shine the spotlight on Philippine coffee with Coffee Origins blends named after the places they source their coffee from: Sagada, Benguet, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Apo, and Mt. Matutum. These can be served poured over or brewed through a French press. They also serve espresso, Americano, cappuccino, mocha, latte, iced blended coffee, and non-coffee blended beverages.




5. Tim Hortons Café and Bakeshop



coffee shops in Manila

Double-double, the classic Tim Hortons drink


Making an entry at number five is a new player to the Manila coffee shop scene. Last February, Canadian coffee-and-donut chain Tim Hortons opened in Manila. The chain is named after hockey star Tim Horton, who first sold burgers before switching to coffee and donuts.

One of the highlights of the menu at Tim Hortons is their Original Blend coffee. “Double-double,” or coffee with two shots of cream and sugar, is a popular way to order this drink. Tim Hortons also has tea, hot and cold beverages, breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, wraps, soups, sides, snacks and baked goods.


4. St. Marc Café


Voters’ comments:
“The shop offers unlimited wifi connection for customers.” – Sol
“Katsu burger, Japanese desserts, cappuccino :)” – Yago


coffee shops in Manila

Matcha latte and Vietnamese coffee from St. Marc Café


Japanese specialty bakery and patisserie St. Marc Café combines delectable desserts with premium coffee in a casual ambiance. The pilot store opened in Singapore opened in 2012 and in 2014, entrepreneur Ben Chan brought the franchise to the country. Today, they have 16 outlets in Southeast Asia, including six branches in the Philippines. While they may be known for their choco cro, they also have a sizable drinks menu to go with their sweet treats. One of these is the quintessentially Japanese matcha latte. Vietnamese coffee and cappuccino have also been proven hits with their customers.


3. Krispy Kreme


Voter’s comment:
“Rich blend and coffee aroma.” – Gee


coffee shops in  Manila

Coffee and doughnuts make a great pair.


Yet another doughnut and coffeehouse chain makes it to the list, with Krispy Kreme at number three. Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in 1937, making it the oldest chain in this list. While their main product is doughnuts, they also have a line of coffee-based drinks to satisfy any caffeine junkie’s cravings. They have their signature coffee which they recommend pairing with their Original Glazed doughnut. Other drinks include kaffe kreme, Americano, cappuccino, latte, caramel latte, and mocha which come in hot or iced varieties. Aside from doughnuts, they also carry baked goods such as pull-aparts, kruffins, and cheese puffs.


2. Dunkin Donuts


Voter’s comment:
“A relaxing, colorful place to hang out with friends, with perfectly brewed coffee.” – Love


coffee shops in Manila

Affordable, no-frills coffee at Dunkin Donuts


Proving that great coffee does not need to be expensive is American doughnut and coffee chain Dunkin’ Donuts. Founded in the 1950s by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts, Dunkin is one of the largest international coffee and baked goods shops. Dunkin’ came to the Philippines in 1981 with an outlet in Makati. Today, it now has over 800 outlets nationwide, earning them the moniker “Pasalubong ng Bayan.” Aside from coffee, they have a variety of hot and cold beverages to complement their sweet treats. They also serve savory snacks like bunwich and croissants.


1. Starbucks



coffee shops in Manila

Selection of hot beverages from Starbucks


Taking the top spot is American coffee chain Starbucks. The company was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971 by three partners who met as students. In 1987, Howard Schultz acquired Starbucks and since then, it has grown to a global empire with 23,768 locations worldwide.

Starbucks offers espresso beverages, brewed coffee, hot chocolate beverages, and tea lattes. However, they are most famous for their trademarked Frappucino blended beverages which can be customized in as many as 36,000 different ways. Completing their menu is an array of breakfast meals, salads, sandwiches, desserts, baked goods, and snacks.


Did your favorite coffee shop make it to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!


Results are based on the Top 10 Coffee Shops in the Philippines 2017Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from June 12 to June 18, 2017.


Photos/Images are from the official Facebook pages of featured establishments except otherwise indicated.

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Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

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June 25, 2017

Top 10 Best Coffee Shops in the Philippines 2017

Because coffee is always a good idea!
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Another school year has just begun which means pulling up all-nighters for a test, or meeting with classmates for a group project. With the onset of the rainy season, professionals also need a cup of joe to warm them up. Whether you’re a student or an employee, the ubiquity of coffee shops in the metro offers endless options for getting a caffeine fix.

Through our latest weekly poll, we’ve now narrowed down the best coffee shops in the Philippines below.


10. The Coffee Project, Manila’s Best Coffee


Starting off our countdown starts is a tie in 10th place between The Coffee Project and Manila’s Best Coffee.


coffee shops in Manila

Coffee Project combines coffee with cozy interiors.


Coffee Project is Manuel Villar’s foray into the coffee shop business, the former senator being a coffee connoisseur himself. The coffee chain first opened in 2014 and currently has 14 branches, with plans to add more branches by the end of the year. Their signature drink is the Coffee Project blend, which is a mix of Arabica and Robusta coffee, while their bestselling drink is the Vietnamese latte. Despite being a relatively new player, Coffee Project has become known not only for their specialty coffee but also their Instagram-worthy interiors.


coffee shops in Manila

Manila’s Best Coffee features locally grown coffee. (Images: Hecky Labergas [L] and Karen Alejano Acut [R])


For those who want a homegrown coffee experience, one option is to go to Manila’s Best Coffee. Despite its name, their coffee beans are not grown in Manila but sourced from different provinces like Baguio, Batangas, Laguna, and Benguet.

At Manila’s Best, customers can have a choice of coffee-based or non-coffee based drinks. Some of these have unique flavors and some with locally sounding names like caramel otap, chocolate lakatan, and spicy chocolate labuyo. Their bestselling drinks, however, are the blended java chip and hot crimson velvet macchiato. They also serve local delicacies aside from baked goods.


9. Dreamland Café



coffee shops in Manila

Brewed kapeng Barako and brewed alamid coffee at Dreamland Café


Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café is the ideal place for artistic people or those who want to relax in an inspiring space. This bohemian-inspired joint is part restaurant and part creative outlet. Dreamland serves hot and cold drinks, including barakong Batangueño and tsokolateng Batangueña. For food, they have appetizers, rice meals, and pasta. Unlike most coffee shops, Dreamland does not have Wi-Fi to encourage guests to talk to each other, read a book, play the guitar, write a poem, or do other online detox activities. Dreamland Café has branches in Lipa City and Tagaytay City.




8. J.CO Donuts, Seattle's Best Coffee, UCC Coffee


The eight spot is a three-way tie among J. Co Donuts, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and UCC Coffee.


coffee shops in Manila

Hot Jcoccino, the specialty coffee drink at J.CO Donuts


It may primarily be a donut shop, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a decent selection of coffee on their menu. Established in 2005, Indonesian brand J.CO Donuts now has 28 branches in the Philippines. J. Coffee, J.CO’s line of coffee products, uses Italian, Sulawesi, and Sumatra blends. The house specialty is their Jcoccino, which has Italian espresso, milk, and foam and comes in hot and cold variants. Other hot drinks include Americano, classic brewed coffee, espresso, and macchiato. They also have a selection of sweet or fruit-based frappes.


coffee shops in Manila

Seattles Best updates their drinks with a touch of sea salt caramel.


Seattle’s Best Coffee started out as an ice cream and coffee shop in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s. It was acquired by Starbucks in 2010 and has over 135 outlets worldwide. Though not as upscale as its parent company, Seattle’s Best still has a good variety of coffee in their menu. They are most known for their trademarked Ice Blended Javakula. Those who want classic flavors can choose from Americano, cappuccino, latte, or mocha hot drinks. They also serve breakfast meals, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and pastries aside from coffee.


coffee shops in Manila

A perfectly brewed cup at UCC Coffee


UCC Coffee brings the number one coffee brand in Japan to Filipino consumers. Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd. was founded in 1951 by the father of coffee in Japan Tadao Ueshima. But it wasn’t until April 2014 that businessman Hubert Young would bring UCC to the Philippines.

Their signature drink is the UCC Special Blend, a well-balanced brew made through a siphon. They also have espresso, iced coffee, ice blended coffee, and ice blended cream drinks. Food at UCC has Western flavors but with Japanese influences. They serve breakfast fare, sandwiches, salads, entrees, pasta dishes, and desserts.


7. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf



coffee shops in Manila

Coffee Bean Original Ice Blended drinks offer a rich, smooth caffeine fix one can sip.


Another popular foreign coffee chain shop in the Philippines is Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL). Also known as The Bean, the brand was created in California in 1963 by Herbert B. Hyman. The house specialty at Coffee Bean is their Original Ice Blended Coffee drinks, touted as the world’s first cold blended coffee drink which uses smooth processed ice. Today, they use the same technique in their tea and fruit smoothies. CBTL also carries espresso, coffee, latte, non-coffee drinks, and coffee-free products. For food, they have breakfast meals, sandwiches, pasta, salads, and pastries to go with their drinks.


6. Bo’s Coffee


Voter’s comment:
“All their branches are cozy, suited for guests who want to work or study.” – Karen


coffee shops in Manila

Bo’s Coffee: championing local beans


One of the well-known local players in the coffee industry is Bo’s Coffee. Founder Steve Benitez started the chain in 1996 in Cebu City, and it has since grown to 91 outlets all over the Philippines. Bo’s aims to shine the spotlight on Philippine coffee with Coffee Origins blends named after the places they source their coffee from: Sagada, Benguet, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Apo, and Mt. Matutum. These can be served poured over or brewed through a French press. They also serve espresso, Americano, cappuccino, mocha, latte, iced blended coffee, and non-coffee blended beverages.




5. Tim Hortons Café and Bakeshop



coffee shops in Manila

Double-double, the classic Tim Hortons drink


Making an entry at number five is a new player to the Manila coffee shop scene. Last February, Canadian coffee-and-donut chain Tim Hortons opened in Manila. The chain is named after hockey star Tim Horton, who first sold burgers before switching to coffee and donuts.

One of the highlights of the menu at Tim Hortons is their Original Blend coffee. “Double-double,” or coffee with two shots of cream and sugar, is a popular way to order this drink. Tim Hortons also has tea, hot and cold beverages, breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, wraps, soups, sides, snacks and baked goods.


4. St. Marc Café


Voters’ comments:
“The shop offers unlimited wifi connection for customers.” – Sol
“Katsu burger, Japanese desserts, cappuccino :)” – Yago


coffee shops in Manila

Matcha latte and Vietnamese coffee from St. Marc Café


Japanese specialty bakery and patisserie St. Marc Café combines delectable desserts with premium coffee in a casual ambiance. The pilot store opened in Singapore opened in 2012 and in 2014, entrepreneur Ben Chan brought the franchise to the country. Today, they have 16 outlets in Southeast Asia, including six branches in the Philippines. While they may be known for their choco cro, they also have a sizable drinks menu to go with their sweet treats. One of these is the quintessentially Japanese matcha latte. Vietnamese coffee and cappuccino have also been proven hits with their customers.


3. Krispy Kreme


Voter’s comment:
“Rich blend and coffee aroma.” – Gee


coffee shops in  Manila

Coffee and doughnuts make a great pair.


Yet another doughnut and coffeehouse chain makes it to the list, with Krispy Kreme at number three. Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in 1937, making it the oldest chain in this list. While their main product is doughnuts, they also have a line of coffee-based drinks to satisfy any caffeine junkie’s cravings. They have their signature coffee which they recommend pairing with their Original Glazed doughnut. Other drinks include kaffe kreme, Americano, cappuccino, latte, caramel latte, and mocha which come in hot or iced varieties. Aside from doughnuts, they also carry baked goods such as pull-aparts, kruffins, and cheese puffs.


2. Dunkin Donuts


Voter’s comment:
“A relaxing, colorful place to hang out with friends, with perfectly brewed coffee.” – Love


coffee shops in Manila

Affordable, no-frills coffee at Dunkin Donuts


Proving that great coffee does not need to be expensive is American doughnut and coffee chain Dunkin’ Donuts. Founded in the 1950s by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts, Dunkin is one of the largest international coffee and baked goods shops. Dunkin’ came to the Philippines in 1981 with an outlet in Makati. Today, it now has over 800 outlets nationwide, earning them the moniker “Pasalubong ng Bayan.” Aside from coffee, they have a variety of hot and cold beverages to complement their sweet treats. They also serve savory snacks like bunwich and croissants.


1. Starbucks



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Selection of hot beverages from Starbucks


Taking the top spot is American coffee chain Starbucks. The company was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971 by three partners who met as students. In 1987, Howard Schultz acquired Starbucks and since then, it has grown to a global empire with 23,768 locations worldwide.

Starbucks offers espresso beverages, brewed coffee, hot chocolate beverages, and tea lattes. However, they are most famous for their trademarked Frappucino blended beverages which can be customized in as many as 36,000 different ways. Completing their menu is an array of breakfast meals, salads, sandwiches, desserts, baked goods, and snacks.


Did your favorite coffee shop make it to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!


Results are based on the Top 10 Coffee Shops in the Philippines 2017Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from June 12 to June 18, 2017.


Photos/Images are from the official Facebook pages of featured establishments except otherwise indicated.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

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June 25, 2017

Top 10 Best Coffee Shops in the Philippines 2017

Because coffee is always a good idea!

Another school year has just begun which means pulling up all-nighters for a test, or meeting with classmates for a group project. With the onset of the rainy season, professionals also need a cup of joe to warm them up. Whether you’re a student or an employee, the ubiquity of coffee shops in the metro offers endless options for getting a caffeine fix.

Through our latest weekly poll, we’ve now narrowed down the best coffee shops in the Philippines below.


10. The Coffee Project, Manila’s Best Coffee


Starting off our countdown starts is a tie in 10th place between The Coffee Project and Manila’s Best Coffee.


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Coffee Project combines coffee with cozy interiors.


Coffee Project is Manuel Villar’s foray into the coffee shop business, the former senator being a coffee connoisseur himself. The coffee chain first opened in 2014 and currently has 14 branches, with plans to add more branches by the end of the year. Their signature drink is the Coffee Project blend, which is a mix of Arabica and Robusta coffee, while their bestselling drink is the Vietnamese latte. Despite being a relatively new player, Coffee Project has become known not only for their specialty coffee but also their Instagram-worthy interiors.


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Manila’s Best Coffee features locally grown coffee. (Images: Hecky Labergas [L] and Karen Alejano Acut [R])


For those who want a homegrown coffee experience, one option is to go to Manila’s Best Coffee. Despite its name, their coffee beans are not grown in Manila but sourced from different provinces like Baguio, Batangas, Laguna, and Benguet.

At Manila’s Best, customers can have a choice of coffee-based or non-coffee based drinks. Some of these have unique flavors and some with locally sounding names like caramel otap, chocolate lakatan, and spicy chocolate labuyo. Their bestselling drinks, however, are the blended java chip and hot crimson velvet macchiato. They also serve local delicacies aside from baked goods.


9. Dreamland Café



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Brewed kapeng Barako and brewed alamid coffee at Dreamland Café


Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café is the ideal place for artistic people or those who want to relax in an inspiring space. This bohemian-inspired joint is part restaurant and part creative outlet. Dreamland serves hot and cold drinks, including barakong Batangueño and tsokolateng Batangueña. For food, they have appetizers, rice meals, and pasta. Unlike most coffee shops, Dreamland does not have Wi-Fi to encourage guests to talk to each other, read a book, play the guitar, write a poem, or do other online detox activities. Dreamland Café has branches in Lipa City and Tagaytay City.




8. J.CO Donuts, Seattle's Best Coffee, UCC Coffee


The eight spot is a three-way tie among J. Co Donuts, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and UCC Coffee.


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Hot Jcoccino, the specialty coffee drink at J.CO Donuts


It may primarily be a donut shop, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a decent selection of coffee on their menu. Established in 2005, Indonesian brand J.CO Donuts now has 28 branches in the Philippines. J. Coffee, J.CO’s line of coffee products, uses Italian, Sulawesi, and Sumatra blends. The house specialty is their Jcoccino, which has Italian espresso, milk, and foam and comes in hot and cold variants. Other hot drinks include Americano, classic brewed coffee, espresso, and macchiato. They also have a selection of sweet or fruit-based frappes.


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Seattles Best updates their drinks with a touch of sea salt caramel.


Seattle’s Best Coffee started out as an ice cream and coffee shop in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s. It was acquired by Starbucks in 2010 and has over 135 outlets worldwide. Though not as upscale as its parent company, Seattle’s Best still has a good variety of coffee in their menu. They are most known for their trademarked Ice Blended Javakula. Those who want classic flavors can choose from Americano, cappuccino, latte, or mocha hot drinks. They also serve breakfast meals, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and pastries aside from coffee.


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A perfectly brewed cup at UCC Coffee


UCC Coffee brings the number one coffee brand in Japan to Filipino consumers. Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd. was founded in 1951 by the father of coffee in Japan Tadao Ueshima. But it wasn’t until April 2014 that businessman Hubert Young would bring UCC to the Philippines.

Their signature drink is the UCC Special Blend, a well-balanced brew made through a siphon. They also have espresso, iced coffee, ice blended coffee, and ice blended cream drinks. Food at UCC has Western flavors but with Japanese influences. They serve breakfast fare, sandwiches, salads, entrees, pasta dishes, and desserts.


7. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf



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Coffee Bean Original Ice Blended drinks offer a rich, smooth caffeine fix one can sip.


Another popular foreign coffee chain shop in the Philippines is Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL). Also known as The Bean, the brand was created in California in 1963 by Herbert B. Hyman. The house specialty at Coffee Bean is their Original Ice Blended Coffee drinks, touted as the world’s first cold blended coffee drink which uses smooth processed ice. Today, they use the same technique in their tea and fruit smoothies. CBTL also carries espresso, coffee, latte, non-coffee drinks, and coffee-free products. For food, they have breakfast meals, sandwiches, pasta, salads, and pastries to go with their drinks.


6. Bo’s Coffee


Voter’s comment:
“All their branches are cozy, suited for guests who want to work or study.” – Karen


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Bo’s Coffee: championing local beans


One of the well-known local players in the coffee industry is Bo’s Coffee. Founder Steve Benitez started the chain in 1996 in Cebu City, and it has since grown to 91 outlets all over the Philippines. Bo’s aims to shine the spotlight on Philippine coffee with Coffee Origins blends named after the places they source their coffee from: Sagada, Benguet, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Apo, and Mt. Matutum. These can be served poured over or brewed through a French press. They also serve espresso, Americano, cappuccino, mocha, latte, iced blended coffee, and non-coffee blended beverages.




5. Tim Hortons Café and Bakeshop



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Double-double, the classic Tim Hortons drink


Making an entry at number five is a new player to the Manila coffee shop scene. Last February, Canadian coffee-and-donut chain Tim Hortons opened in Manila. The chain is named after hockey star Tim Horton, who first sold burgers before switching to coffee and donuts.

One of the highlights of the menu at Tim Hortons is their Original Blend coffee. “Double-double,” or coffee with two shots of cream and sugar, is a popular way to order this drink. Tim Hortons also has tea, hot and cold beverages, breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, wraps, soups, sides, snacks and baked goods.


4. St. Marc Café


Voters’ comments:
“The shop offers unlimited wifi connection for customers.” – Sol
“Katsu burger, Japanese desserts, cappuccino :)” – Yago


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Matcha latte and Vietnamese coffee from St. Marc Café


Japanese specialty bakery and patisserie St. Marc Café combines delectable desserts with premium coffee in a casual ambiance. The pilot store opened in Singapore opened in 2012 and in 2014, entrepreneur Ben Chan brought the franchise to the country. Today, they have 16 outlets in Southeast Asia, including six branches in the Philippines. While they may be known for their choco cro, they also have a sizable drinks menu to go with their sweet treats. One of these is the quintessentially Japanese matcha latte. Vietnamese coffee and cappuccino have also been proven hits with their customers.


3. Krispy Kreme


Voter’s comment:
“Rich blend and coffee aroma.” – Gee


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Coffee and doughnuts make a great pair.


Yet another doughnut and coffeehouse chain makes it to the list, with Krispy Kreme at number three. Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in 1937, making it the oldest chain in this list. While their main product is doughnuts, they also have a line of coffee-based drinks to satisfy any caffeine junkie’s cravings. They have their signature coffee which they recommend pairing with their Original Glazed doughnut. Other drinks include kaffe kreme, Americano, cappuccino, latte, caramel latte, and mocha which come in hot or iced varieties. Aside from doughnuts, they also carry baked goods such as pull-aparts, kruffins, and cheese puffs.


2. Dunkin Donuts


Voter’s comment:
“A relaxing, colorful place to hang out with friends, with perfectly brewed coffee.” – Love


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Affordable, no-frills coffee at Dunkin Donuts


Proving that great coffee does not need to be expensive is American doughnut and coffee chain Dunkin’ Donuts. Founded in the 1950s by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts, Dunkin is one of the largest international coffee and baked goods shops. Dunkin’ came to the Philippines in 1981 with an outlet in Makati. Today, it now has over 800 outlets nationwide, earning them the moniker “Pasalubong ng Bayan.” Aside from coffee, they have a variety of hot and cold beverages to complement their sweet treats. They also serve savory snacks like bunwich and croissants.


1. Starbucks



coffee shops in Manila

Selection of hot beverages from Starbucks


Taking the top spot is American coffee chain Starbucks. The company was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971 by three partners who met as students. In 1987, Howard Schultz acquired Starbucks and since then, it has grown to a global empire with 23,768 locations worldwide.

Starbucks offers espresso beverages, brewed coffee, hot chocolate beverages, and tea lattes. However, they are most famous for their trademarked Frappucino blended beverages which can be customized in as many as 36,000 different ways. Completing their menu is an array of breakfast meals, salads, sandwiches, desserts, baked goods, and snacks.


Did your favorite coffee shop make it to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!


Results are based on the Top 10 Coffee Shops in the Philippines 2017Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from June 12 to June 18, 2017.


Photos/Images are from the official Facebook pages of featured establishments except otherwise indicated.

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Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

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