MANILA, Philippines — Former Arabica PH partners have created an all-new coffee brand that showcases locally sourced beans — introducing Angkan Coffee, currently brewed at Podium and W City Center, Bonifacio Global City .
The Filipino brand won’t feel so alien to Arabica PH fans, as the minimalist, Zen-inspired, and sleek aesthetic of Japanese coffeehouse is still very much in evidence here, and the drinks menu features a few crowd-favorite mainstays. However, what has changed are the beans they use (Angkan’s new specialty blend features mostly Filipino beans), and there are also new Pinoy drinks and pastries on the menu.
On February 1, days after Arabica PH closed, former Arabica PH partner and now owner of Angkan Coffee, Allue Hortaleza, announced that it was finally time for them to “build a proudly Filipino brand – a dream they’ve had ever since. bring Arabica to the Philippines in 2017.
Angkan’s bright red logo features a cup of coffee and half of a sun above it, symbolizing Allue’s “proudly Filipino” vision of promoting both local coffee beans and Filipino hospitality. Angkan still serves a wide range of beans and drinks from around the world, but these espresso and non-espresso drinks and pastries have some Filipino touches, like the new Cafe Mocha made with table and the Saba Bicho by Panaderya Toyo from Makati City.
Overall, Angkan wants to “highlight how the creativity of our local talent is more than capable of competing on the world stage,” Allue told Rappler, drawing on her Filipino roots and natural ability to “make make anyone feel welcome even if you’ve just met.
Indeed, the atmosphere of the Podium branch of Angkan is both sophisticated and warm, thanks to a welcoming and competent staff.
Even though second-floor seating is primarily for individual customers and not groups, the environment doesn’t feel rigid. It’s a nice place to have a good cup of coffee with friends, to have a cup of tea on the go or to quietly enjoy your favorite latte while working. while watching the daily bustle of mall-goers below.
Comfort in a cup: menu, beans, prices
Angkan offers a straightforward and straightforward menu that isn’t intimidating to first-time coffee drinkers. Their espresso drinks are available in Blend or Single Origin variants, the former being a curated blend of beans from Benguet, Mount Apo and Brazil. The latter is made from ancient Ethiopia Ninety Plus (Nekisse) beans, which have notes of peach, raspberry jam, passion fruit and creamy milk chocolate – bright and smooth, and not very sour. .
On the menu are Blend espresso (P100), espresso macchiato (P120) and cortado (P120), as well as its single-origin versions for P120, P140 and P140, respectively.
Angkan offers the usual favorites, like iced or hot americano, café latte and café mocha, which taste like comforting hot chocolate made from Davao table it’s not too sweet (plus points for the gorgeous latte art)!
Luckily, the crowd-favorite Spanish latte of Arabica PH fame is still here, and it tastes the same (and maybe even better). This time it’s made with local coffee beans and can be served with soy or oat milk instead of dairy. The best part? Substitutes are free!
Mixed drinks are also available as a single-origin variant at a slightly higher price and can be ordered in small or large sizes and hot or iced. They also have Chemex based drip in single or double espresso, hot or iced.
Other specialty Angkan drinks include matcha latte, hot chocolate and orange juice fashion espresso (P150) which is really powerful in taste – you get the strength of bitter, bold coffee and the intense flavor of fresh, slightly pulpy orange juice in a single potency drink (to be honest, it took me a while to get used to).
For something caffeine-free and kid-friendly, don’t jump on the refreshing Orange Grenade Ade which tastes as good as it looks – this fruity and fresh summer drink is a fizzy and tangy drink that has a taste similar to cherry and orange gum. bears or gummy worms.
Besides drinks, coffee connoisseurs can also choose from a selection of international beans here – Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Panama and Ethiopia.
Angkan’s special blend is also available here – it has the sweetness of molasses, a dark chocolate finish and a tartness of tropical fruits – in 250g (P400), 500g (P750) and 1kg (.1250) formats.
There are also single-origin beans from the Philippines, such as Sitio Hartwell Washed, Sitio Hartwell Natural, Atok Benguet, and La Trinidad Benguet.
Pastries to accompany
Angkan has partnered with well-known Filipino artisan bakery, Panaderya Toyo, for a local range of pastries and breads that work well with Angkan’s intimate cafe.
For something sweet, Saba Bicho – the Filipino version of a donut – is a good choice; the dense, fluffy, cinnamon-sugar-dusted dough is stuffed with sugar sage na saba. If you want a salty kick, the keso bicho it’s the same dough but topped with grated cheese. Both bichos costs P120 each.
Angkan has also teamed up with Pandelitos for freshly baked mini pandesals (P30) that are perfect to eat on their own, with butter, or dunked in your coffee.
Angkan also has other breads, cookies and baked goods on the menu.
The Podium branch in Angkan is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. The other Angkan branch has also just opened in the WWC building in Bonifacio Global City. It is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday. You can also check out Angkan Coffee at Instagram. – Rappler.com