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The Visayas Region is not famous for coffee but something aromatic is brewing in this part of the Philippines. According to the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI), about 800,000 coffee seedlings were distributed last 2013 to three provinces with the resolve to boost coffee livelihood and tourism in the region. What most people are buzzing about particularly in Capiz's Roxas City is a coffee hub that has the reputation of having a cuppa like the French -- in just the right size of cup with a distinct, smooth flavor for sipping in a venue having pleasant ambiance. Locals, most of whom professionals and families, flock to ACC Coffee & Crepe for a reliable cup of harvest.
Visiting the newly-opened second branch of ACC Coffee & Crepe at Robinsons Place-Roxas in sprawling Pueblo De Panay, I got the chance to find out for myself what the buzz was about. My visit coincided with my 4-day "I Love Capiz!" Blog Series Tour of the city with my pursuit to sample the location's pride in seafood and sweets.
Two Branches In Roxas City
The new branch managed to keep its upscale look from its original branch in the same city especially since Pueblo De Panay is being promoted by locals as a progressive inner-city community. I was instantly amused with the branch's chairs which have the shape of a coffee cup for backrest. It was clever in that it does not only make for a good extension of what the venue is about, but it also lets customers conveniently grab one for seating.
Brewing The Beginning
The business venture started as an extended waiting room for Dr. Victor Acepcion's clinic patients in Pavia Street. As a wellness advocate and less of a businessman, he reckoned that it was a nice move to give people the access to comfort drinks and food like coffee and sweet treats while waiting for their turn for face-time at the clinic room. Soon, the extended waiting room became a full-fledged coffee shop that also serve delicious crepes, a French pancake. The curled delights quickly became part of the whole business that launched ACC Coffee & Crepe.
My lunch at the restaurant made me realize that there's more to be had in Roxas City than just seafood. Aside from a panoply of hot and cold coffee concoctions and sweet and savory crepe flavors, salads and more are served at the cozy corner next to one of the entrances of the mall.
I sampled ACC's caffè latte and cappuccino. The latte is of 60% Arabica quality. Weekly deliveries of beans from Bukidnon and Negros Occidental are ascertained to maintain the reputable flavors. The cappuccino was prepared with roasted hazelnut and cinnamon to enhance the taste. Both concoctions, though simple and could be had in Metro Manila in almost every corner of key cities, were a taste in refined indulgence. They just had the right light and balanced finish. They were remarkably smooth with plain-flavored silvanas made by the fond hands and attention of one Vicky Ignacio-Hernandez. Customers can also pair their cuppa with a mango-flavored silvanas. There are also other sweet treats available sourced from the local pasalubong institution called Mamaita's Home of Sweets.
One scene-stealer was the appetizing Ceasar Salad which was served with filling grilled chicken that was marinated in mustard. It was enhanced with white wine vinegar and Tabasco with Worcestershire sauce.
Sweet and Savory Crepes
All crepe flavors went down well with sampling of various flavored drinks like the Frozen Iced Tea, the Green Apple and Raspberry-flavored Ice Teas (made from flavored teabags), plus the memorable dessert drink called affogato, a coffee-based beverage (with espresso shots) that's basically a caffeinated ice cream sundae. I sampled its durian and atis flavors which were both refreshing to taste.
Truly, ACC Coffee & Crepe is more than a coffee shop. It's more than a crêperie. It is wonderfully both, serving expertly crafted iconic blends, diverse flavored drinks, inventive crepe flavors, plus other treats like chicken fingers and burgers for one's indulgence. It's also worth noting that owner Victor is a full-fledged barista. A certified proof of this is displayed at the second branch site.
With its stylish private dining area, the restaurant's first branch welcomes special functions. Check out the contact information below for details.
Photography by Josua Chan and Karl Ace
ACC Coffee & Crepe
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5800 Pavia St., Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines
Robinsons Place-Roxas, Pueblo De Panay, Capiz, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Phone: (036) 621-3447
Check out my "I Love Capiz!" Blog Series Tour posts:
+ Timelessness of Nature In Capiz Bay Resort
+ Tasty Treats at Mamaita's House of Sweets In Roxas City
+ My Refreshing Morning At San Antonio Resort
+ My Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Suite At Roxas President's Inn
+ Urban Manor: Pueblo De Panay's Emerging Modern Accommodation
+ Coco Veranda: Roxas City Seafood Dining By The Shore
+ Roxas City's Charming Islet and Vanishing Sandbar
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|With Dr. Victor Acepcion of ACC Coffee & Crepe|