Restaurant Spotlight: Craft Coffee WorkshopOctober 2, 2018
- Mikka WeeWords
With coffee shops sprouting everywhere, distinguishing between passable coffee and a fine brew has become a challenge. Most of us now have taste buds that are immune to a good roast, having been accustomed to the crappy designer kind that comes with a green straw.
Along Broadway Avenue in New Manila lies a tiny coffee shop that makes do with a plain signage printed on paper, but for those in the know, it’s a haven for coffee lovers who want to experience a different kind of brew.
Craft Coffee Workshop aims to change how we view a cup of Joe by providing inspired coffee concoctions, along with classes on how to brew coffee. Peter Ong, part-owner of Craft, told us their house brew uses slow-roasted coffee beans and medium or filter roasting for Espresso drinks, which have a different flavor from the dark-roasted ones favored by most coffee shops.
Dark-roasted coffee yields a bitter flavor and a diminished acidity. Yet it’s preferred by most commercialized coffee shops since it produces a higher quantity of coffee than the slow-roast: 2 shots of dark-roasted espresso can yield as much as 20 ounces. The resulting beverage is usually dark and rich, but it sometimes has a pronounced bitterness that coffee shops mask with sweeteners, flavored syrups, and cream.
Ask for a sample of Craft’s brew, and you’ll get a clear, dark-brown liquid with a flavor resembling that of tea’s. That’s because the slow-roasting keeps the beans’ citrusy notes intact, resulting in a bright, fruity brew. Should you want to try variations of their distinctive coffee, Craft’s Micro Roastry also carries beans from Costa Rica, Brazil, Ethiopia, as well as a limited quantity of the expensive Panama Geisha La Esmeralda beans. They also grind their coffee beans onsite, as opposed to other coffee shops that import grinds (which turn stale once they reach the Philippines).
Apart from coffee, Craft also sells coffee equipment and various accessories. Stepping inside their cozy store reminded me of Hong Kong’s Barista Jam in Sheung Wan, where various coffee machines such as the siphon and the pour-over were likewise present. Peter told us that when it comes to brewing coffee, it’s very important to invest in a good grinder. For starters or home brewers, a French Press will do.
For coffee junkies who want to get more out of their daily caffeine fix, Craft Coffee Shop also holds a variety of workshops, such as Coffee Appreciation Classes and Home Barista Classes (for those who want know more about using coffee equipment). They also offer a number of Barista classes for those who want to explore a career in the art of coffee-brewing.
Craft Coffee Workshop
66 Broadway Ave., New Manila
(02) 570 34 64
Store Hours: Sundays from 9:00pm-5:00pm, M-Th from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm, F-S from 8:00–11:00 pm)
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