Sprouted from Makati’s hidden gem and sexy neighborhood Poblacion or P. Burgos. Traditionally, it was known for years as a red-light district, Poblacion is trading its spunky reputation for seediness and skewing itself to be a place where cool is redefined. Heavily wheeled by white-collar Filipinos and expats, they infiltrate the mushrooming dining and drinking scene. Burgos is humid, has sketchy roads, one to none parking space yet its community kept on growing progressively.
A new player in the area budded out its name is Commune. Interestingly enough when you hear the word Commune- its collective, collaborative, neutral, shared and cooperative. Commune is a cafe+bar proudly serving Philippine coffee, Filipino comfort food and light meals. Commune is about coffee, conversations, and community.
Commune is café and bar in advocacy to drive communication and consumption of only Philippine coffee. They serve Filipino comfort food and light meals.
Why they do what they are doing.
Given that they are a café and bar and there is a lot of this kind sprouting randomly around the country, but what sets them apart? Why are they different? In a sense giving them a purpose of pushing and entering a saturated market in Metro Manila.
How they came to be and to what they are now is because of the owner’s passion for opening a café immersing herself in the Philippine coffee industry and has worked closely with the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI). Passionate about collaboration and bringing people together, she organizes activities, meets ups for different interest groups and she saw that space is needed to hose these kinds of gatherings. Thus Commune was created and built.
This café takes pride about locally sourced beans and spotlights its blend of their menu items. Commune vision is to be a champion of Philippine coffee and promote collaboration within and among various communities. After all, the word “commune” means to talk over or discuss. But it may well mean a place where you can have great coffee.
Commune’s space is very open. The bar and espresso machines are placed in the middle part of the room. Nestled in the corner street it has a large space is dressed with communal flowing tables with partner seats begging you to sit on them and get plenty of work done. The coffee shop + Restaurant is situated at the ground floor area and the airy veranda space upstairs is for their Al Fresco or should anyone want to use it for events they may do so by contacting Commune.
The Food, Drinks
They serve coffee, beer, wine, pastries and light meals. Price for their coffee is roughly 105php-190php. Relatively similar pricing to its international franchises contenders, but considering what they stand for and using only local beans it is worth spending your money on.
I recommend getting the Iced Toddy (18 hour cold brewed) and partner it with their warm fudge brownie. Delectable pieces.
The people, ambiance and ergonomics for the whole space foster you to be creative and be productive if you need to get some work done. People who go to Commune are those creative minds who need to work on their article piece, digital nomads that could take their work anywhere. It is a community-centered base where you can discuss ideas with your friends or co-workers. But at the same time, it is relaxed, non conducive and serves as a refuge from the aggressive city and take time and drink their coffee or even a cold beer.
On a Sunday you can just read your book and order a good cup of coffee. The people, the place, the furniture and of course their coffee are in unison.
See, the dining experience is not just about good tasting food. Other factors matter as well; initial customer interactions, ambiance, ergonomics, even the choice of playlist makes up a total dining EXPERIENCE. For Commune, their food selection is good but not excellent in my own opinion, but what sets them apart is their drive and passion for spotlighting Philippine-sourced coffee beans and its vision for creating communities.
We are rating this place as 3 extra rice!
Mon – Sat, 8am – 12mn
Sun, 11am – 7pm
36 Polaris corner Durban Streets,
Poblacion, Makati City, PH
landline: +632 275 6324
mobile: +63 919 859 5848
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