Restaurants / Bars

Ydg Coffee’s Bubbly Masala Tonic Is a New Way to Experience Your Iced Chai

August 8, 2018

YDG Coffee, standing for Your Daily Grind, started off as a space-under-the-stairs turned café (literally) outside a furniture shop along Chino Roces Extension. From their humble beginnings, the brand grew into a fully operating coffee shop in Shaw Boulevard’s Mandala Park. The new space features a proper food menu, a retail shelf of consigned purveyor products, and hidden within it is even a roaster (by their roasting partner Plain Sight Coffee Roasters, owned by YDG partner Sean Lee). All that and a wall of picture window—not bad for the Harry Potter of coffee shops.

TBH we also love the Honey, Wake Up and PB Latte but the Masala Tonic took our hearts for its refreshing simplicity.

Sid Cabatingan, one of the partners at YDG Coffee with Sean Lee and Alex Falcon, tells us about his obsession with coffee (so much so that he even has his own brand of cold brew called Man on the Moon that he runs with his girlfriend Dan Aragon, now the videographer of Pepper.PH—but we promise we planned this feature before she was on the team!). Originally a barista at the original branch, Cabatingan became a partner for the Mandala park branch where you’ll find him making concoctions as delicious as the Masala Tonic we feature in this video, which uses the chai from Jacob’s Well.

YDG Coffee

A specialty coffee shop that also offers all-day breakfast, sandwiches, pastas and desserts.

ADDRESS: G/F Mandala Park, 213 Shaw Boulevard, Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong
VISIT: 8AM–10PM daily
CONTACT: (02) 501-1099
SPEND: PHP150–500
FOLLOW: Facebook / Instagram

Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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