Just when you thought that
has become predictable, a new coffee shop recently opened its doors at the city
proper, just a stroll away from the busy Session Road. It offers Italian and
local Kapangan coffee flavors, but its Vietnamese-style brewed options are the
ones attracting attention. Called The Coffee Library, it’s run by Stephen
Zarate whose passion for the beverage had already driven him to visit Baguio City Vietnam just to get
everything right. The sanctuary will soon include more options from other Asian
countries to fully embody the shop’s name of a library of coffee flavors. With
its mix of rustic and study hall details for interiors, the brand is rendered
with a fitting head start.
Since the home-roasted coffee beans used for the Kapangan coffee is something that the shop is in advocacy for with the farmers of the Benguet community where they’re sourced, its availability can only rely on its demand. Such was the case during my visit with a friend a few days after New Year’s Eve. It turned out that a lot of customers ordered the flavour both for its traditional taste and affordability, leaving an unexpected gap in the supply delivery. Although that’s not much of a caveat since the town of
Kapangan is just less than three hours away from .
I was assured by the staff that it would be available the next day. Baguio City
I was actually there at the new coffee shop that’s located inside the Rex Residence Hall because a friend who resides in the city invited me to check out his new favorite hangout. I dragged my tour mate from Peredo’s Lodging House to the quaint corner of
Luna Road and Upper Bonifacio Street behind the city
cathedral to see what he was raving about.
It was past dinner time and even the cupcakes that my friend segued to me via SMS as a must-taste were already out of stock. I can just imagine how best-selling they must be during the daytime.
For my order, I followed the staff’s suggestion of the Vietnamese-style Ca Phe Sua Chua which is iced coffee (with beans sourced from
Hanoi) with regular
yogurt. Served on a fancy wooden tray, it looked unassuming but a sip was a
bittersweet buzz of the good kind. It was anything but forgettable. Those
familiar with it enjoy it by stirring the drink to get a desired blend of
coffee and yogurt with every sip. After a hefty meal of chicken in another
dining destination, it was exactly what my palate needed. Since I randomly have
a cuppa at least twice a day, it’s seldom that I’m actually aware that I’m
having one. With this specific blend, I certainly had a mouthfeel.
To test how my coffee orders tasted with a snack, I paired them off with an order of a Crispy Suman à la mode. I certainly was not expecting to have a table decorated with such orders that night in
but such unpredictability paid off in taste. The city can still surprise a
resident, a regular tourist, and a tag-along after all. Baguio City
Address: Rex Hall, Upper Bonifacio St., Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines 2600
Check out my other Benguet-related posts:
+ My Hiking Reverie of Mount Ulap
+ Peredo's Lodging House
+ Affordable and Modern Baguio City Apartel
+ The Bahong Rose Farm of La Trinidad
Dining Over Spanish Dishes at Te Quiero
+ The Two Faces of Baguio City
+ Visiting The Bell House and Amphitheater
+ Mine's View Park Then and Now
+ Snacking At Choco-Late De Batirol
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