Restaurant Spotlight: Craft Coffee Workshop

October 2, 2018
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Craft Coffee Workshop
66 Broadway Ave., New Manila
Quezon City
(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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Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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14 responses to “Restaurant Spotlight: Craft Coffee Workshop”

  1. D Camacho says:

    I wonder if they’ll give me disapproving stares if I stay for more than 5 hours.:))

    • Jonathan Choi says:

      There’s a very welcoming vibe here! I’d say best seats in the house are right at the bar, where some people actually work or study for hours on end. Chatting with one of the owners or baristas is a treat!

  2. muckingaroundmanila says:

    Do they have a Q-grader to give cupping lessons or coffee workshops?

    http://www.muckingaroundmanila.com

  3. Great photos as usual, Mye!

  4. Jezreel Cerbito says:

    Can this be considered as one of those third wave coffee thing because that would be awesome especially if they do a direct (and fair) trade and partnership with local coffee growers

  5. Rolando Jr Bunag says:

    Should visit this place soon! Reminds me of Toby’s Estate, Forty Hands, Flock Cafe and Tiong Bahru Bakery in SG, all serves great coffee! 🙂

  6. Rose says:

    I think you should correct your store hours as it’s rather confusing:
    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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  8. Shini says:

    What happened to their Greenhills branch?

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