In the Philippines, Filipino words are hardly used in naming businesses, so whenever I hear a place that does, I can’t help but be impressed. Agimat (talisman) and Alamat (legend) are good examples, two bar restos in Makati. Recently, I discovered another Filipino-named business called, Angkan, a coffee shop.
Angkan Coffee was built by the same people who brought % Arabica to the Philippines. After their franchise period ended with % Arabica, they decided to start their own company. But even as they said goodbye to the franchise, they retained their employees. Upon learning this, the business name suddenly made sense to me.
You see, angkan means clan in English, and in the Philippine culture, we are all about the importance of families and our kin. Here, forming friendships among colleagues and treating them as a second family is not a weird concept.
ℹ️ Coffee shop – Angkan Coffee – 257 McKinley quick information
📍Address: 7th Ave, corner 25th St, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
🕑 Store hours: Open Monday – 7:00 am to 8:00 pm | Tuesday to Sunday – 7:30 am to 10:00 pm
💰 Price range: USD 1.69-5.08 (PHP 100-300)
🍴What to order: Cafe latte
🔗 Website: https://www.facebook.com/angkancoffee/
📍Coffee shop – Angkan Coffee – 257 McKinley location
Two old branches of % Arabica are now owned by Angkan Coffee; the W City Center (WCC) branch in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig and another inside The Podium Mall in Mandaluyong. This article, however, talks about Angkan Coffee 257 McKinley, also in BGC.
I stared perplexed at Google Maps, as it was trying to lead me somewhere, that was a bit further from the supposed location. It didn’t occur to me that there are two Angkan Coffee branches in BGC, one at WCC (the original) and the other on 7th Avenue; I was aiming for the latter, but Google Maps was giving me directions to the former.
I was about to cross 25th street when I looked behind and saw the coffee shop I was searching for; Angkan Coffee 257 McKinley.
🖼️ Coffee shop – Angkan Coffee – 257 McKinley ambiance and interiors
Angkan Coffee is encased in glass doors and walls. The design is modern and minimalist, with high ceilings, and everything is swathed in white and gray colors. It hardly made an effort to look different from % Arabica; in fact, they’re using the same coffee machines.
While the name is Filipino, the aesthetics and overall vibe of the place are not. In my honest opinion, this could be a missed opportunity.
But I have to admit, the seating area, which looks like an amphitheater is interesting.
💻 Coffee shop – Angkan Coffee – 257 McKinley WiFi
While they do have WiFi it’s not available for public use.
🔌 Coffee shop – Angkan Coffee – 257 McKinley electrical outlets
They have electrical outlets in the “amphitheater” (yes, I’m calling it that), but they are too loose that my charger kept falling off. One barista saw my struggle and offered to help. He used one of the red throw pillows to anchor my charger so it would stay plugged in.
☕ Coffee shop – Angkan Coffee – 257 McKinley drinks
They offer local blends and single-origin coffee; the latter is more expensive.
Price: USD 2.54 (PHP 150)
The coffee tastes like the one I had from % Arabica, although I think it’s because they retained the same crew from the old business. Having said that, I find the coffee delicious.
Spanish latte (iced)
Price: USD 3.22 (PHP 190)
My friend ordered a Spanish latte and said it was very sweet (as can be expected with a Spanish latte). This friend of mine is not fond of sugary food, so I’m not even sure why he ordered this one. Nevertheless, he finished the entire cup; I guess he liked it.
🥘 Coffee shop – Angkan Coffee – 257 McKinley menu
Click the accordions below to see the menu. Note that prices may change without prior notice. USD conversion is based on the currency exchange rate on October 15, 2022.
I give Angkan Coffee 257 McKinley 3 coffee beans.
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