I think it’s great how Metro Manila is embracing third wave coffee concepts has been overwhelming. Establishments like Habitual Coffee separates the purist coffee enthusiast to those who would consider having a venti Starbucks frappuccino connoisseur. Filipinos are not settling for to-go cups with green or purple straws peeking out. A Strong hint that we are forward thinkers as a consumer and we are thinking about what we consume.
On a Sunday afternoon as we drive along the quiet street of Chino Roces in Makati we passed along as somewhat an old warehouse.
A good knick-knack, no traffic Sunday in Makati and it was about time to grab a cup of brew at 4 pm we entered the compound. Industrial and modest fixtures.
What makes Habitual different amongst other Third Wave Specialty Coffee? This shop hand brews their coffee using an AeroPress. The AeroPress, a syringe-like coffee device, which is a common sight in most third wave coffee shops. Making use of a rubber plunger, the method of an AeroPress is comparable to that of a French press, but with a shorter brewing time. The air pressure brought in by the rubber plunger also affects the flavor extraction, making it more intense and improving the taste. It also lessens the bitter aftertaste in most coffees, making it smoother while retaining its raw essence.
Vanilla almond cold brew.
I recommend getting the Flat White (140php), handcrafted with the perfect balance of milk and coffee.
Pastries are also available at Habitual Coffee. You can choose different bars, chocolate chunk cookies, and S’mores to go with your beverage.
Coffee sourcing for third wave coffee shops like Habitual changes from time to time, as it is pretty dependent on the stocks available. They aim to focus more on local producers with seasonal featured roasters around Asia.
Do you love coffee as much as we do? Having a good cup of coffee is taking a much-needed pause to a chaotic day. You savor every sip from that good cup of joe. A lot of story goes in every cup. How the beans grew on the farm, independent farmers passion towards planting those beans, the science behind the roast, and passionate coffee entrepreneurs who constantly seek to elevate the coffee scene and shaping products that can compete in the international market.
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