9 Hot Spots For Refreshing Cold Brew Coffee In Manila
Summer’s here! The scorching sun has many of us scrambling for some sort of relief, whether it’s cool ice cream, to thick and creamy milkshakes, to the traditional halo-halo. Despite these dessert favorites, there’s one thing many people can’t live without, and that’s their daily cup of Joe. But in this heat, the only way to have it is to indulge in cold brew coffee in Manila.
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold or room temperature water for a minimum of eight hours. The resulting coffee concoction is less acidic than the usual kind, and often has a smoother and sweeter taste depending on the beans used. Some prefer it plain while others add a touch of milk, condensed milk, or sugar syrup.
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What to do when you can’t stand the heat but desperately need that caffeine fix? Hunt down these places for awesome cold brew coffee in Manila. You just might never take your daily cup hot ever again!
Yardstick has long been a favorite in the local coffee scene, but wait until you try their cold brew! Cold Brew No. 1 (PHP 180) is brewed for 12 hours, and touted to be velvety, bold, and rich. This uses beans that are roasted specially for the cold brew process. Cold Brew No. 2 (PHP 190) is their version with milk, which is sweeter and creamier. It also has a touch of cane sugar. Both are bottled so you can take it home and enjoy every morning.
Ground Floor, Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2Luna Breakfast & Coffee
Luna Breakfast & Coffee’s version is one of the more interesting cold brew coffees in Manila. They use a slow drip method on a cold brew tower. The result is a cup that they promise is bright, flavorful and clean. Sip this slowly to taste the interesting combination of beans which this place is known for. Enjoy a cup at their store, or take home a bottle (PHP 230 for original, PHP 250 for hazelnut flavored)!
Luna Breakfast & Coffee
Building 6, Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
More locations in BGC and Alabang
Hours: Open Daily 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m
3The Curious Pair
Coffee enthusiasts will be drawn to the quirky bottle which The Curious Pair packages their cold brew coffee in. But with names like Lumos and Knox, it’s no wonder each sip is magic! Knox (PHP 245) is basic black cold brew, while Lumos (PHP 285) is a Vietnamese-style smooth, sweet blend. We recommend Lumos if you like your coffee sweeter, but don’t finish a full bottle in one go! They are meant to be enjoyed slowly, or shared with a friend.
The Curious Pair
Order and inquire via their Instagram.
4Edsa Beverage Design Co.
Don’t be fooled by their packaging! While it looks like a beer bottle, their #YKW cold brew (PHP 220) is one of the most refreshing cold brew coffee in Manila. No need to have milk or sugar with this; EDSA BDG’s award-winning baristas make sure the quality is consistent with each bottle. Fun fact: Edsa BDG is associated with El Union Coffee, which serves the most amazing cold brew all the way up in La Union.
Edsa Beverage Design Co
CLMC Building, 209, Edsa, Barangay Wack Wack, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
While most cold brew coffee in Manila is steeped for 8 to 12 hours, Slurp lets the magic happen over a span of 24 hours. Intense! While they have the ever-reliable Original Cold Brew (PHP 150) which is sweet on its own, you might want to try their Salted Caramel Cold Brew (PHP 180) which is a whole new experience in itself!
6The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is a mainstay in the local café scene. Now, there’s one more reason to hang out at CBTL this summer: excellent cold brew! This is a fairly new addition to their menu. Their Viennese Blend (PHP 145) is full-bodied, extracted through 20 hours of steeping. It’s strong but smooth, and pairs well with a touch of milk. No sugar needed! Find it at select CBTL stores.
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Multiple branches nationwide
Bo’s White Cold White Brew (PHP 135) hits the spot on a hot summer day! A tall glass of ice is filled with plain cold brew, then topped with syrup and luscious milk. The swirling coffee and milk are mesmerizing, inviting you to take that first sip. Best of all, Bo’s is known for sourcing local coffee beans from all over the Philippines for their brews. Your cup goes a long way in supporting our local coffee farmers.
Multiple branches nationwide
Hours: Open daily
Local Edition is pretty well-known as one of the cafés to go to for cold brew coffee in Manila. Their cold brew coffee (PHP 105 for regular, PHP 115 for large) is slow drip coffee brewed for over 6 hours! They use a Cold Bruer, which is a way to make coffee that tastes naturally sweet and flavorful. Add milk if you like for something creamier!
116 Perea, Legaspi Village, Makati, 1229 Metro Manila
Hours: Open daily
Want to have cold brew at home but don’t have the time to do it yourself? Iskoffee is a local brand that offers the unique option of cold brew concentrates (starts at PHP 120 for 250ml), with coffee sourced from the Cordilleras. Iskoffee does the hard part, steeping the coffee for 12 hours, then straining and preparing into concentrate. All you have to do is pour a measured amount of cold brew concentrate over a glass of ice, then dilute with water or milk as you wish! Easy and accessible cold brew coffee in Manila, right at your fingertips!
Order via their Facebook page or contact +639369409727.
Since it’s going to be a scorcher for a while, switch up your daily cup without sacrificing your caffeine intake. These places for cold brew coffee in Manila will tide you over! Are there any other spots we missed? Let us know about it in a comment below!