Try This: Jiro Coffee Studio’s Cocospresso and Pregnant SandwichMay 26, 2017
From our first impression, Elo Quiambao of Jiro Coffee Studio can be best described as curious. With a background in education, Quiambao has a tendency to actively seek to understand things that interest her through practice. A very hands-on person, Quiambao has many interests—from coffee, health and nutrition, storytelling, crafts, indoor gardening, and more—but she is hardly a dilettante as she believes in research through both reading, learning from others, and most of all, doing.
Her love of the process is exactly why the logo of Jiro is a a hatching egg: representative of the process of hatching an idea, and celebrating the obstacles that are behind every creative output. It also explains the brands hashtag, or “battlecry” as Quiambao puts it: #welovecreativestruggles. “Many people just sometimes see . . . the end result or the success story, but never . . . the processes that include the difficulties behind the success of a product or of anything,” explains Quiambao.
But anyone from any background or in any industry can be creative, Quiambao clarifies, and not just people who identify as artists or working within the creative field. “I think every person, whether they are aware of it or not, is a creative because you’re capable of producing an idea,” she says. “Needless to say, coffee goes together with brainstorming.”
The café’s shelves and tables are littered with books ranging from coffee (of course) to art that creatives are welcome to browse through. They also organize exhibits, with the very first exhibit being the idea of Jiro Coffee Studio’s manager Marlyn: a feature on scratch paper as the birthplace of creative ideas (Very fitting to the concept of Jiro Coffee Studio!). They also host creative workshops, such as last February’s Food and Prop Styling Workshop.
We’re not really a restaurant. We’re just here to get people caffeinated and provide good coffee.”
Quiambao tells us that she was attracted to the third-wave coffee movement where “your main course is coffee.” Previously, she tells us that coffee in restaurants was more of an “afterthought,” added to the menu for the sake of fulfilling restaurant-goer’s caffeine needs, but the focus on these restaurants was always food first. With the third-wave coffee movement, cafés may have their own menus but the main focus is a meticulous approach to crafting coffee-based beverages.
Perfect for the hot summer days, the Cocospresso is cool, refreshing, and simply fun to drink. It gets plus points for being a healthy and fun-to-consume snack once you’ve finished the drink and are left with a good dose of coconut meat. The coconut meat is tinged with the flavor of coffee so you are left with a veritable and unparalleled dessert. The Cocospresso is a proud concoction of Jiro’s manager, Marlyn.
If you’re looking for a somewhat more traditional hot cup of joe, go for their Not-So-Flat White, which has a Flat White base of a double shot of espresso with milk but is lifted with a touch of organic Madagascar vanilla and organic cinnamon. It is important for Quiambao that JIRO offers the best ingredients (following the namesake of the café, after master sushi chef Jiro Ono whose singular passion serves as an inspiration to the team), which is why they strive to use ingredients that are organic and free from artificial flavors and preservatives.
The Pregnant Sandwich
Behind the healthy menu of organic eggs, gluten-free cheese sandwiches, and nitrate-free bacon, there lies a secret menu item that is easily the most sinful dish in Jiro Coffee Studio’s menu—which is obviously why we have to have you try it. The pregnant sandwich is called such because it was born of Quiambao’s highly specific cravings. The only sandwich that isn’t gluten-free, the pregnant sandwich features pan-fried focaccia bread, a secret combination of cheeses, and turkey ham.
JIRO Coffee Studio
JIRO Coffee Studio is a café that serves casual, healthy comfort food and functions as a supportive space for creative individuals who love coffee.