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Coffee

I think I may have found the best cafe in Kapitolyo (Arts and Beans review)

Going to a cafe in this time and age goes beyond coffee appreciation. Students favor it over libraries for reviewing or doing their homework, friends and families go there to eat and hang out, professionals especially freelancers stay there for hours to get some online work done. Thus, the coffee culture in the Philippines has seen continuous growth in recent years with big and small players alike sprouting like mushrooms, all vying for consumers’ attention.

And as a coffee person, this gives me great joy. To discover the nook and cranny of a cafe, to sit on a chair cross-legged, to sample the delectable food, and to smell and sip the freshly brewed coffee, I live for these. My latest coffee adventure took me to Kapitolyo where I have visited some of the most aesthetically pleasing cafes to date. Out of all of them, one stood out, thus I am giving the spotlight to what I believe is the best cafe in Kapitolyo, Arts and Beans.

Arts and Beans is tucked away in a residential area along Francisco street. It is new, they just opened two months ago. As the name implies, it is both a cafe and an art gallery. There are a few paintings on display — personal collections of the owner — one need only to approach the staff if interested to make a purchase.

The interior design perfectly combines the old and the new, the walls painted in gray, black, and white, the floor is unfinished concrete. Some old objects are on display, such as a rotary dial telephone, antique flat iron, vintage camera, radio stereo, and a pedal sewing machine turned into a table; the latter had me feeling nostalgic as we used to own one when I was a kid.

On the menu, they offer hot and cold beverages, all-day breakfast, cakes and pastries, and sandwiches. They also sell locally sourced premium blends, the same ones that they use for their coffee.

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The cafe was manned by two baristas when I came in, both are accommodating. The location is quiet and peaceful. I went there on a Saturday, there were only a few customers around.

Food and coffee

Arts and Beans gained favorable reviews when it comes to their coffee, which didn’t come undeservedly. Indeed, their coffee is among the best that I’ve had, with a silky texture and rich flavor. The cortado (₱90) is heavy and a little bit on the bitter side, while the flat white (₱125) is lighter but not overly sweet.

For food, I had a grilled cheese sandwich, which by the way I personally requested as this is not included in their menu. What they offer really is ham & cheese sandwich (₱100), but since I don’t eat pork, I asked if they could take it out and just use cheese. The baristas were happy to oblige. It was a good sandwich, I liked that the bread was toasted just right and because I begged off the ham, they were generous with the cheese.

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Next is their pasta of the day, carbonara (₱160), a delectable serving of super creamy pasta with two pieces of garlic bread. I noticed that instead of bacon, the barista put in shredded chicken meat. I didn’t even have to remind him that I don’t eat pork and replaced the meat with something that I could eat. It amazed me at how attentive and considerate the staff is.

As if this cafe is not amazing enough, they have electric outlets and WiFi, hallelujah! I’m telling you this is special as I have already made rounds in Kapitolyo and only one had decent WiFi, the rest either had no Internet connection or only offer it for like an hour. Because of this, I was able to extend my stay at Arts and Beans and actually got some writing done. A feat for my already month-long writing drought.

Living in Pasig has been quite a challenge for me with all the inconveniences it brings, including finding a place to spend my lazy weekends with. In the last few months, I had been frequenting Kapitolyo in search of a cafe that would help me get back on writing mood. And now I think my search has finally come to an end. Arts and Beans ticks all the requirements that I want in a cafe; quiet, delicious coffee and food, and conducive to writing.

Information

Arts and Beans
#6 San Francisco Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig
Open daily 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. except Sunday

Stories

Honestly, I don’t know what I’m doing

Do you ever feel like life is passing you by? 2019, thus far has been filled with moments, my calendar bears several marks. It was a haze of dinners and coffees, conversations that I could no longer recall, reconnecting with people I care about and sending off some people. I’ve established routines, I have broken promises, had a love and hate relationship with diet and fitness, and still wanting to be with someone but never date. Although I like being alone, it sometimes makes me quite uncomfortable because it gets me into thinking how sucky everything feels. I have fallen into a routine and I detest it. I want to do so many things but either I get lazy or I second guess myself.

At home I find myself distracted, never doing what I should be doing, having a debate with myself for as simple as going to a café to write, then letting the weather solve my indecision. Last weekend I was in a café in which I spotted a local actor. I went there intending to write, but I didn’t. For some reason, I didn’t want to ask the barista if they had WiFi. I didn’t feel like pulling the laptop out of my backpack. I just sat there, finished my sandwich and the most bitter flat white I have ever had in my life. After that I just stared outside, it was raining, the gloomy weather mirroring my current state.

Having backlogs in my blog is nothing new, but this has been the worse case of it. I am simply uninspired and paralyzed. I have stories left unwritten that have started to fade from my mind. Could I still write about these, do they still have relevance? But then this is my blog, it is only relevant to me. Only a few would take the time to read my posts, most wouldn’t even click.

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Now that I mentioned it, what is the point of this blog then? Is it enough that I use it to help me remember? That in 2018 December I went to another continent, that I visited this café, wrote a review about this hotel, and a family member died in this or that year. I have paid hosting and domain, when I’m gone, nobody will renew them, and just like that, years of stories will be gone. So what is the point in all this? If the purpose is so that I could remember the things that I’ve done, then why am I not writing them as they happen? Why do I let the things that I want to look back on fade from memory?

The problem is I know what I should be doing, I just don’t do it. And I can’t say anything now that wouldn’t sound like I am making up excuses.

It seems to me that I have lost the ability to be brave. I don’t give as much f*cks as I used to, which is only good for ignoring people but detrimental to self-improvement. I have become lenient, relaxed, demotivated. I just rise, eat, do other normal shit, sleep, then repeat. I might as well be a cat.

I just don’t have the energy for things. Just now I saw on an Instagram story that a friend is celebrating her birthday, yet I couldn’t even make myself send a greeting.

The only thing I don’t procrastinate on is eating. Lately, I have been eating a lot, mostly carb-filled food. Several months ago I was on a keto diet, it helped me lose a lot of weight. Yet here I am, still filled with desires to have chiseled abs but empty on motivation. I don’t work out that much either. The only thing that’s been keeping the weight off is the intermittent fasting that I’ve been doing, at least with this one I am pretty consistent. If I could only keep the fire going in all other aspects of my life, I won’t even have to sit here and write this.

Should I just wait for this year to be over so I could give myself false motivation in the new year just like everybody else? Where do I even find motivation?

I am in a stump and I don’t know how long am I going to be in this state. Somebody drag me away from this hell.

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