New York-style Cup of Joe at Green Bean Coffee Co.
Drinking copious amounts of coffee is a quick way to keep ourselves alert especially during bed-weather days. But we all know that too much coffee can do more harm than good. Fret not, fellow coffee lovers. There’s Green Bean Coffee Co. to keep us caffeinated the organic way.
The cupboard under the stairs
Green Bean Coffee Co. was founded by four doctors and started with a small kiosk under the stairs at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. They now have twelve branches that include a two-storey branch with an art gallery in New Manila, Quezon City; a kiosk at the second floor of NAIA Terminal 3; and one at UP-Ayala Land Technohub in Diliman, Quezon City.
Manila branch, at the ground level of Hotel H2OGreen Bean is the first concept café in the Philippines that serves USDA-certified organic coffee made from 100% Arabica beans and is the exclusive partner of Manhattan-based Irving Farm in the Asian region.
Artisanal for less
I visited Green Bean’s branch in Manila, a cozy little place at the ground floor of Hotel H2O. The café is furnished with recycled wood and chalkboards with drawings done by young artists, giving it a rustic yet artsy vibe.
Exotic Organic Eco-blend coffeeAnd true enough, my mug of their Exotic Organic Eco-blend coffee (P75) was a pleasant one even on a virtually empty stomach. Without any cream and sugar, it had an earthy taste and wasn’t bitter at all. After those first few sips, I only had to add less than a teaspoon each of cream and muscovado sugar to make it creamy and sweet. I have always preferred muscovado over refined sugar because it gives coffee an almost chocolate-y taste but I learned that it has another aspect that makes it a healthier alternative. “We use muscovado because we discovered that no matter how hot the coffee is, it can make it taste sweet [with just a little helping]. Refined sugar is not stable so the tendency is to add more when it’s very hot then when it gets cold, it turns out too sweet. With muscovado, [from] very hot to cold, the taste is the same,” explains Tan.
Exotic Organic Eco-blend coffee with cream and muscovadoI paired the Eco-blend with a plain Bagel with Cream cheese (P75), but if you are craving for a bit more flavor, there are garlic and blueberry bagels, or switch to their dried tomato cream cheese.
Bagel with Cream cheese
Caramel MacchiatoGreen Bean also serves tea lattes and I got to try their Green Tea latte (P105 for medium-sized) and paired it with a gooey and not-too-sweet Ultimate Valrhona (a French luxury chocolate) Cupcake (P89).
Green Tea latte
Ultimate Valrhona Cupcake
Green Bean is set to open 5 more branches by October and will be brewing soon at Silverlens Building in Pasong Tamo, Makati and at Museo Orlina overlooking Taal Lake in Tagaytay, among others. “We’re also building a coffee lab and barista academy in Makati,” says Tan.
In true New Yorker fashion, more people in Manila will be able to enjoy a cup of joe for less in the coming months.