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5 Things To Love About Department Of Coffee Manila

Get your caffeine kick and decor hints at this peaceful brewing bureau in Roces Avenue, Quezon City

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela

Whether you’re an espresso fanatic, a casual sipper, or even a non-caffeine devotee, you’ll find something to enjoy in Department of Coffee. To give you a peek into this cozy hideout, here are some of the things we loved about the place and why you should schedule a get-together with friends over a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee soon:

1. The homey and cozy ambiance

Located in one of the quieter streets of Quezon City, this café has a woody, industrial vibe with local flair. Visitors can easily find themselves settling in to relax in the serene atmosphere that is conducive for reading, catching up on work, or have unhurried conversations with friends.

2. The unique and exceptional details

Apart from the well-appointed Mahogany wood main counter displaying the beans, grounds, and specials for the day, a traditional-style coffee roasting machine occupies a sizeable spot on the ground floor, giving customers a first-hand appreciation of the bean to cup journey of the beverage they are about to have.

3. The selected pieces of decor and furniture

The shelving units display a myriad of coffee preparation gear in happy hues and shapes, such as the splat-shaped Cafelat tamping mats (catches fallen coffee grounds and protects countertops), and cute “Tubbis” or knockboxes (pails to store spent espresso gounds).

The café has long tables made of Lauan (Philippine Mahogany) suitable for groups, and smaller ones that can be used by a solo customer. The small tables can be moved next to each other to connect effortlessly with their unique, rhombus-like slanted sides.

4. The captivating walls

The dark but cool gray walls of the ground and second floors evoke masculinity, and this is offset by thin plywood wall mounts in animal patterns, and chalk illustrations drawn freely.

5. The overall coffee experience

Aside from beverages to wake you up, you can certainly pick up something else from Department of Coffee, such as new skills or added knowledge to further enrich the caffeine enthusiast’s appreciation.

Visitors can keep their eyes out for future coffee workshops and “latté art throwdowns”—a friendly competition of local baristas who want to showcase their milk froth artistry.

Overall, much like their drinks selection, the interiors of the café is uncomplicated but well-crafted, well-chosen, and makes no sacrifices on quality.

As for the name, Department of Coffee couldn’t be more perfect for the owner’s vision. “We want to be the connoisseurs of coffee, and share our passion with our clients. We want to help coffee drinkers understand what they’re drinking,” shares café owner Myles Hontiveros. “I want to make customers feel different when they come to the store. We have fewer drinks, we don’t use too much flavoring, our coffee is more straightforward. For non-coffee drinkers, they can still enjoy the ambience and we can pour latté art in their hot chocolate.”

Department of Coffee Manila is located at 87a Don Alejandro Roces Avenue, Quezon City. For updates, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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