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Afters Espresso and Desserts

I would remember this place most for rape, not that somebody in that place got raped or something, but it is one of the most interesting topics my friend, Christine and I discussed as we finished our gelato and coffee. We were at Afters Espresso and Desserts, listed as one of the 6 coolest coffee shops in Quezon City by Coconut’s Manila.

Afters sports that industrial-themed interiors that more and more coffee shops seem to be adapting nowadays. Gone are the days when a café spells homey ambiance and comfy couches. Today they look like the way abandoned places are after they’ve been turned into living spaces. Afters caught the bug; the floors, tables, and chairs are made of wood, the concrete walls are unpainted, the modern light fixtures are supported by metal rods. Overall, I dig the look and feel of the place, especially the geometric patterns on the ceiling.

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The most photographable nook of Afters is this long table by the door. It was occupied by a group of people when my friend and I came in so I had to wait for them to leave before I could take a picture of it.

 

Unlike most cafes that promote self-service, Afters do it the old way. I’m so used to going to cafes where you pay as you order that I had a moment of confusion when one of the staff came to our table. To be safe, we asked the waiter’s advice on their bestseller coffee. Christine ended up ordering a cup of Flavored Latte (PHP135) while I opted for Kitanglad Drip Coffee (PHP159), a medium body coffee with light and nutty, and floral undertones from Southern Province of Bukidnon.

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I thought the drip coffee is prepared with the glass cylinders that were on display on the bar. To be honest, that’s the reason why I ordered drip coffee in the first place. But I still had fun watching how it was prepared, albeit in a different manner. I hope I didn’t make the barista uncomfortable because I sat on the bar the whole time he was preparing my coffee.

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Aside from cakes and pastries, Afters has their own line of gelato. In the counter, Christine and I bugged the barista to let us sample some of the flavors to base our order from. The calamansi flavor is exactly what it promises, with a cringe-inducing sourness.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for quite some time now, then you know already I have a thing for anything caramel-flavored. Predictably, I went for the sea salt Caramel Gelato. This gelato can do wonders for coffee, especially for the latte. When Christine and I tried it with her coffee, the flavor got enhanced dramatically. I’ve never tried affogato before, but from doing this experiment I think I now have an idea what it is.

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Christine picked a more sweet flavor, Stracciatella, which I wasn’t so fond of.

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So that’s one cool QC coffee shop off my list. Four more to go.

 


Afters Espresso & Desserts
Ug4 20 Lansbergh Place 170
Tomas Morato ave. Sacred Heart
Quezon City
Telephone nos: 791-8789/340-3168
Business Hours: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    michymichymoo
    February 24, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    I love Afters, ang bait pa ng owner. Btw, I was in Katipunan last night kaso I forgot about Craft na. We should go there some time. 🙂

  • Reply
    Arni
    February 22, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Great concept for a coffee shop focusing on the rafters design and I would love to try the drip coffee.

    • Reply
      mgavan
      February 23, 2015 at 8:15 AM

      The drip coffee is nice 🙂

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