Bricked wall, brass metals, alternative music piped in, Banksy-inspired wall murals, and Edison bulbs. Black Sheep Coffee at the S’ Maison is one badass coffee nook and this place would top our most frequented coffee shop where we seek shelter away from the chaotic outside world.
We stumbled upon this nook randomly on one hot midday afternoon when we are in dire need of some peace and quiet away from the Mall of Asia crowd. Upon entering this establishment the A/C is mighty strong, the Baristas welcomed us warmly, and all its table and chairs are well appointed. Moreover, the notable character of the whole place is on point.
This is coffee counterculture, London-style; a personification of the café’s mantra of “leave the herd behind’—they are the black sheep, after all.
Black Sheep Coffee was started in London back in 2013 by friends who were flatmates and decided to quit their day jobs on the same day. Co-founders Gabriel and Eirik made it their mission to challenge big corporate brands and rid the world of mainstream, average-tasting coffee.
Gabriel and Eirik served coffee from a trestle table and a rented espresso machine in Camden Town and later from a small coffee van on Leather Lane. It took two long years with a series of pop-ups throughout London and a Kickstarter campaign for them to gather enough money to open their first kiosk in Aldgate East. Since then they have refused to raise any money from Private Equity houses, Venture Capital funds, or any other form of institutional backers to preserve the independence of the Black Sheep brand.
We went in for the coffee for the afternoon and then stayed til’ late for the alcohol
What we love about Black Sheep is that they serve their coffee at 67 degrees Celsius, which is the ideal temperature for drinking, and does not burn the milk, which will then affect the flavor of the coffee.
Black Sheep is categorized as a third-wave coffee shop in its very essence, but it appears to present itself as more commercial so that first-timers are not intimidated by which is a pretty good move and that would encourage the Filipino market to embrace specialty coffee shops like Black Sheep.
The popcorn machine that starts operating as the lights, which are timed with the Manila Bay sunset. The lights are dimmed, the neon crimson lights are on, and the ambiance became extra surreal.
The café takes on a different character—the music rocks harder to match the “forgotten” cocktails and craft beer.
They can whip out a pretty decent Negroni as well.
We love coffee and stumbling upon this coffee shop was such a beautiful surprise. It is not hyperbole to say that Black Sheep Coffee is committed to serving great products in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. From free popcorn stand to the concrete, graffiti-decorated walls, this place has got personality and then some.
Our CX Rating
- Black Sheep Coffee is at the ground floor S Maison, Pasay City. Call 251 1285 and 0917 5474337.
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Update: Would you like to experience this day with us? We’ve recently partnered up with Klook to provide Out of the Box activity tours like this. You may book your own tour here Third Wave Speciality Coffee Shop Crawl with the Fat Girls Day Out