Here’s Where You Can have a Coffee Break in Glorietta and GreenbeltOctober 9, 2014
With an upcoming set of food tours, Glorietta and Greenbelt gave us a sneak peek into some of the establishments lined up for their Coffee Pairings leg, with guest guide (who also happens to be our Editor-at-Large), JJ Yulo. So if you ever find yourself at Glorietta or Greenbelt, get a kick out of these potent coffee and dessert combinations.
1. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Glorietta 2 and Greenbelt 5)
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is known sometimes as an alternative to Starbucks, offering tea lattes and a wide variety of coffees that beat their rivals’ brews. The chain offers a simple menu as well, which includes salads and pastas, and even an eggs benedict.
Our Pick: Mocha Latte with Chicago Cheesecake
To pair with their latte enhanced with chocolate, we chose the Chicago Cheesecake, a light, fluffy slice with a hint of cream cheese flavor and a lemony undertone. Citrus and chocolate is always a winning combination, and this subtle pair shows off just how good their lattes and sweet offerings can be.
2. Café Pascucci (Glorietta 2)
An Italian-style coffeehouse, Café Pascucci is a well-known brand that has made its rounds from the USA to Korea. It has origins since 1883, and maintains a high standard for their coffee beans by the way they brew everything from their lattes to their espressos.
Our Pick: Cappucino with Mocha Bun
The Cappucino is an excellent choice, displaying the skill of Café Pascucci at creating a great cup of Italian coffee. It is not too bitter, and not too sweet, with the right richness and consistency. A mocha bun is fluffy and studded with chocolate chips, enhancing the coffee flavor.
3. J.Co (Glorietta 2 and Greenbelt 3)
J.Co is Krispy Kreme’s Asian rival that churns out the donuts that we love. The donuts are topped with all kinds of ingredients, from slivered almonds, green tea frosting, and crushed Oreos–a reason for why people bring home boxes of these sweet treats.
Our Pick: Jcoccino with donut
J.Co isn’t just a donut shop–they serve sandwiches and a selection of blended drinks and coffees. The best one is a Jcoccino, which has all the lusciousness and richness one requires of a frappucino, and goes well with almost any of the donut flavors J.Co is known for.
4. M Café(Greenbelt 4)
With a reputation as a bar that pulls in Manila’s trendy set, M Café isn’t as known for their food as they are for their drinks. But visit during the afternoon and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere, which is perfect for afternoon tea or coffee.
Our Pick: Cappucino and Impossible Cake
The Raintree group of restaurants is known for their Impossible Cake, which is available in most of their establishments including M Café. Creamy leche flan sits on top of a dense, gooey chocolate cake, and the richness goes well with their potent cappuccino.
5. Caffe Ti Amo (Greenbelt 5)
Caffe Ti Amo serves Italian gelato and coffee, and while it may be tucked away in a nondescript place in the mall, it garners a following that are looking for a quiet place to work and enjoy a cup of Joe. Their gelato is also often a creamy delight, and a good way to wind and cool down.
Our Pick: Waffle Gelato and Caramel Macchiato
What better way to enjoy your waffle than with a giant scoop of gelato! Enjoy any of their gelato flavors with a chewy, mochi-like waffle. Grab a caramel macchiato, too, and pour it on top of your waffle gelato to make an affogato.
6. UCC Vienna (Palm Drive, Greenbelt 5)
UCC is one of our favorite chains to get coffees and desserts, and has still maintained its consistent quality in spite of being in the market for more than a few years. Their Japanese preparation comes out with great quality coffee almost every time.
Our Pick: Mixed Berry French Toast + Iced Latte, Chocolate Xanadu + Ichiban Siphon, Blueberry Streusel Cheesecake + Kohi Coffee
It was extremely hard to choose a pairing, and the hot fried mixed berry French toast with a cool iced latte was one of our top choices. The extremely chocolaty Xanadu cake was offset by the potency of the warm Ichiban Siphon, showing just how coffee and chocolate are perfect pairs. A blueberry cheesecake with streusel was also excellent, eaten best with a milky Kohi coffee.
7. La Cabrera (6750)
La Cabrera has been turning heads due to their Argentinian way of grilling meats, but their desserts have proven to be popular, too. The sometimes overly sweet treats end a rich, satisfying meal at La Cabrera with a smooth finish.
Our Pick: Dulce de Leche y Helado with LaMill Americano
This caramelized crepe filled with Argentina’s famous dulce de leche is one of La Cabrera’s flagship desserts, burnt on top until the sugar provides a crackly, sweet exterior. If you find these a little too sweet, you may pair this with either of these crowd favorites- LaMill Americano or Americani, the best way to cut through the richness.