I used to frequent Poblacion, Makati, pre-pandemic. I took French classes twice a week at Alliance Francaise de Manille; then, on weekends, I met my friends for drinks. It’s safe to say I knew every nook and cranny of this area because my friends and I loved dining and drinking at different bars and restaurants. Man, I still missed those days.
Today, the area is slowly coming back to life. I even spotted newly opened establishments, like this cute coffee shop called Coffee Artea. I went there so early in the morning I had the place practically all to myself.
ℹ️ Coffee shop – Coffee Artea quick information
📍Address: 5966 1209 Fermina, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
🕑 Store hours: Open daily, 9:30 am to 10:30 pm
💰 Price range: USD 1.19-4.74 (PHP 70-280)
🍴What to order:
🔗 Website: https://www.facebook.com/coffeearteapob
📍Coffee shop – Coffee Artea location
Coffee Artea can be found along Fermina St. in Poblacion, Makati. It’s secluded from the bar scene but close enough. In fact, it only took me a few minutes to get there on foot from Z Hostel.
🖼️ Coffee shop – Coffee Artea ambiance and interiors
Coffee Artea is a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop, just a tiny space that holds a coffee bar and an area with a few rattan tables and chairs.
The place has character and an artsy vibe, far from the minimalist aesthetics that most coffee shops go for these days. And I appreciate it because as much as I love minimalist designs, I think the concept is getting tired. Now, I want coffee shops that look different from the rest, and I guess Coffee Artea succeeded in that department.
💻 Coffee shop – Coffee Artea WiFi
Unfortunately, this is not the place for remote working. Coffee Artea has no Wifi.
🔌 Coffee shop – Coffee Artea electrical outlets
Coffee Artea has no electrical outlets.
🥯 Coffee shop – Coffee Artea food
Ube cheese pandesal
Price: USD (PHP )
There’s nothing special with the Ube cheese pandesal; by that, I mean it’s almost bland. You should also eat it while it’s still warm because the bread becomes a little bit hard when you let it cool down.
☕ Coffee shop – Coffee Artea drinks
Price: USD 2.20 (PHP 130)
The Flat white was rich and smooth and quite bitter. So I added a few teaspoons of muscovado sugar to balance the taste. Overall, it was okay.
Price: USD 3.22 (PHP 190)
The barista, a young man who seemed to be either in his late teens or early 20s, asked me if I was familiar with the horchata of El Union Coffee; I said yes. He then told me that they have their version of horchata and that it’s their bestseller.
He gave me a small cup of it for a free taste, “This is the reason our customers keep coming back,” he added.
I took a sip and thought it was good; sweet and creamy, with a nice hint of cinnamon.
“Do you have dirty horchata?” I asked the young man.
“That’s our dirty horchata, ma’am,” he replied.
My forehead knitted in confusion; I’m pretty sure there was no coffee in the sample he gave me, but okay.
🥘 Coffee shop – Coffee Artea 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 12, 2022.
I give Coffee Artea 3 coffee beans.
Do you want me to review any coffee shops? Leave your suggestion in the comment box below, and I’ll make time to check it out. 💕