THIRD WAVE COFFEE SHOPS in Manila: Where to Get Your Latte Art

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Candid Cuisine Guide: Best THIRD WAVE COFFEE SHOPS in Manila: Where to Get Your Latte Art

For the Coffee Connoisseur, the THIRD WAVE COFFEE SHOP is amazing news. THIRD WAVE COFFEE SHOPS is a growing trend that is trying its best to penetrate in Manila.

The First Wave of Coffee was experienced on the Folgers and Nescafe blends sitting on your dinner table. The Second Wave of Coffee was your grander latte, smartly made mainstream by Peet’s Coffee and Tea, then Starbucks. And the Third Wave of connoisseurship aims to create more homegrown coffee beans rather than importing from countries and specializing the roasting process.

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To differentiate Third Wave Coffee Shops, here are the must have’s:

  • Direct Trade Coffee
  • High Quality Beans
  • Single-Origin Coffee
  • Lighter Roasts
  • Latte Art
  • LATTE ART is already a mainstream in several cities in Asia particularly in Tokyo. In fact, in Singapore, a coffee without artisanal and art is no longer an excuse ~ it is already a must have in every cup.

    THIRD WAVE COFFEE SHOPS, a term coined in 2002, produce coffee as artisanal, rather than a basic commodity like we used to do. Similar to wine where there is culinary appreciation, Third Wave Coffee Shops cover harvesting coffee beans to higher quality in roasting.

    While Starbucks is certainly the default place for morning brews and afternoon meetings, I’m pretty sure that there’s more to enjoying your cup of coffee over brainstorming sessions. Lately we find appreciation for the beauty in cuisine and our love for coffee is not an exception.

    And to toast this new trend, Candid Cuisine has spotted key Third Wave Coffee Shops hoping to take the coffee routine into the next level. Here’s the list of the Most Popular 3rd Wave Coffee Shops in Manila that serve latte art that you can enjoy and where to find them.


    Location: 2nd Floor Shangri-la Plaza
    Facebook: Duck & Buvette
    Official Website:
    Candid Cuisine Review: DUCK AND BUVETTE

    Duck & Buvette (D&B) replaces Shangri-la Plaza’s veteran Cafe Provencal, retaining new and old elements in its casual french bakery and cafe. Serving duck confit that’s crispy and one of a kind, Candied Bacon, Bikini Sandwich and Roasted Truffle Cauliflower, Duck & Buvette is the first to bring Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters, Chicago’s most popular third wave coffee and one of the big three Specialty Coffee leaders in the world. Intelligentsia is had its pop-up store back then in Shangrila Plaza for coffee lovers to get a taste of Chicago’s best. Black Cat and Flecha Roja Costa Rica brew are just a few that’s being served with more single origin coffee to come every month.


    Location: 116 Perea Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    Facebook: LocalEditionPH
    Instagram: LocalEdition

    New in the neighborhood, Local Edition Coffee & Tea Makati reminds me of Peets Coffee and Tea in the US. Finally, someone is now doing the Teapresso trend, and shying away from being the conventional Specialty Coffee Shop, as they claim they are trying to be not. But who cares? We all love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, especially in this ghastly weather.


    Location: Joya Lofts and Towers, Rockwell, Makati City
    Opening Hours: 7:00am – 10pm daily
    Facebook: RefineryPH
    Instagram: _refinery

    Recently opened last May 26, 2014, REFINERY is the latest to join the bandwagon of specialty coffee shops (plus a wine counter and neighborhood into one) sprouting like mushrooms here in the metro. Refinery banks on its US imported La Mill Coffee beans creating unique concoctions from its Orange Infused Cappuccino to its Chai Massala Milk Tea. Grab your All Day breakfast, Hangover Pasta, and the tempting Shirred Truffled Eggs toast to jumpstart your day – Yes, Refinery is also a breakfast spot that’s great news for the breakfast person.

    Refinery Rockwell Lamill Coffee


    Location: Sct Lazcano corner Tomas Morato Quezon City; BG/F Eight Forbestown, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City
    Official Website:
    Facebook: StarbucksPhilippines
    Twitter: StarbucksPH
    Instagram: officialstarbucksph
    Candid Cuisine Review: Starbucks Coffee Reserve

    In a world where Third Wave Coffee/Specialty Coffee disrupts the Second Wave industry and ultimately killing it, Starbucks Coffee Company has recently opened two branches, one in Tomas Morato (a renovated Starbucks store) and one in Bonifacio Global City, to compete with its rivals and avoid being completely thrown off the coffee map. Here you can expect single-origin, specialized coffee from well-known coffee harvesters in the world including Ethiopia, Panama, Sumatra, Colombia, Costa Rica and more, plus muffins, scones and other gourmet dishes you won’t find in Starbucks chains. Best to find out for yourself if there is a difference between their Second Wave chain to this shop. (Though we all hope that it won’t be like their less successful Teavana chain which rode the tea fad.)

    TOBY’S ESTATE Coffee Roasters

    Location: 3rd floor Century City Mall; V Corporate Center 125 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village; G/F EcoTower
    32nd St. cor. 9th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    Official Website:
    Facebook: Toby’s Estate
    Instagram: tobysestateph
    Candid Cuisine Review: Toby’s Estate Manila

    Australia’s pride Toby’s Estate has arrived in Manila, Philippines, following its success from its first branch in Woolloomooloo, Sydney all the way to Singapore and Brooklyn in New York. Toby Smith, the coffee genius, brings his direct trade coffee and skills honed in Guatemala and Brazil plantations. With their premium La Marzoco espresso marchines, you can be sure to wake up in a lovely morning with Toby’s Chai Chocolate, Latte, Gibraltar and more Espresso favorites. Don’t forget to get Bucky’s Brownies and Bocaditos too.

    Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters Manila


    Location: GF Liberty Plaza, 102 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
    Opening Hours: Monday – Saturdays, 8am – 11pm
    Facebook: CommunePH
    Twitter: @CommunePH
    Instagram: CommunePH

    I consider Commune Cafe Bar as one of the early birds in the latte art trend. Commune Cafe uses drip coffee brewing that is also similar to the Vietnamese Ca Phe method. Commune Cafe brings together comfort food and beautiful latte art closer with your good friends and loved ones.


    Location: #88 Esteban Abada, Loyola Heights, Katipunan; The Podium; Broadway Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City
    Opening Hours: Sundays 9am – 5pm; Monday to Thursday 8am to 10pm; Friday to Saturday 8am to 11pm
    Facebook: CraftCoffeeRevolution
    Twitter: @CraftCoffee_PH
    Candid Cuisine Review: CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION

    Craft Coffee Revolution broadway

    If you aren’t convinced in this growing trend, take a look at Craft Coffee Revolution, formerly Craft Coffee Workshop, which recently revamped its whole concept (while some argued that the coffee shop rarely changed anything) and honed it into something mainstream. Coffee beans range from Panama Geisha La Esmeralda from Boque Panama, to as local variants hailing from Bukidnon province, Datu Pepe Miarayon.

    YARDSTICK COFFEE @YardstickCoffee

    Location: G/F 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, 1229 Makati
    Facebook: yardstickcoffee
    Instagram: yardstickcoffee

    The “Purveyors” of special coffee, Yardstick Coffee, brings the best in specialty and third wave coffee in the heart of Makati, one of the busiest Central Business Districts in the Philippines. Yardstick Coffee is also the top distributor of La Marzocco and Rocket Espresso Machines designed to bring you the best in Cortado art.

    Yardstick Coffee also offers workshops on recipe designs, basics of espresso making and more if you’re into this cuisine.

    DEPARTMENT OF COFFEE @departmentofcoffee

    Location: 197 Wilson Street, Little Baguio San Juan City; Roces Avenue, Quezon City
    Instagram: @departmentofcoffee

    This small, hole-in-a-wall Third Wave Coffee Shop uses La Marzocco espresso machines. Make sure to get a stronger espresso blend for a successful latte art.


    Location: Aguirre Avenue, B.F. Homes Paranaque
    Opening Hours: Monday 4:30pm – 11:30pm; Tuesday – Sunday 10:30am to 11pm.
    Facebook: Magnum Opus Fine Coffees
    Twitter: @MagnumOpusFC
    Instagram: MagnumOpusFC

    Magnum Opus Fine Coffee reigns in the south, where the Belgian Heartbreaker captures the hearts of coffee drinkers, right in the center of the foodie’s haven in Aguirre Street.


    Location: 134 Legazpi Street corner C. Palanca St. Makati City
    Opening Hours: 7:00am – 2:00am (Monday to Thursday); 7:00am – 3:00am (Friday to Saturday); 7:00am – 6:00pm (Sunday)
    Facebook: The Curator
    Instagram: @thecurator_

    Caffeine and Alcohol? You’ll get the best of both worlds at The Curator, where its both a specialty coffee and cocktail bar. Beans from The Coffee Collective and Koppi Fine Coffee Roasters plus Amalfi Mule, Hanky Panky and concoctions in sous vide will definitely help you unwind or stay awake.

    KUPPA ROASTERY & CAFE @kupparoastery

    Location: Commercenter Building, 31st Street corner 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    Facebook: Kuppa Roastery
    Twitter: @kupparoastery
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    Boasting from Bacolod with more than 50 years of roastery experience, Kuppa Roastery & Cafe recently opened in the upscale Bonifacio Global City, serving the country’s only Q Grade certified Arabica coffee beans, ranging from the country’s Bukidnon province all the way to Ethiopia and Kenya.

    ST. MARC CAFE, Philippines at SM Mega Fashion Hall

    Location: SM Mega Fashion Hall
    Facebook: St. Marc’s Cafe Philippines
    Candid Cuisine Review: St Marc Cafe, Philippines

    St Marc’s Cafe just landed in the Philippines with their “Chococro”. It’s enough evidence that they’re already out to join the Latte Art market.

    CAFE SHIBUYA @cafeshibuya

    Location: UP Town Center
    Facebook: Cafe Shibuya
    Instagram: cafeshibuya

    Cafe Shibuya specializes in honey butter Shibuya toast, but they also offer premium Ghirardelli drinks and of course, latte art. (Latte Art only, but not the guarantee of single origin coffee beans.)

    Have you tried any of these THIRD WAVE COFFEE SHOPS? Share your Latte Art experience on Candid Cuisine!

    Photo Credits: c/o respective Instagram accounts of the coffee shops