ℹ️ El Union Coffee quick information
📍Address: MacArthur National Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union Philippines
🕑 Store hours: Open daily except Wednesdays, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
💰 Price range: USD 1.75-3.15 (PHP 100-180)
🍴What to order: Cold brew iced mocha, grilled cheese
El Union Coffee is a coffee shop and roaster, and it’s been around since 2013. It’s popular with tourists as it is known for its specialty coffee, friendly baristas, and laid-back beach vibe. It’s one of the best coffee shops I’ve been to in the country, so I made sure to take my friends there when I returned to the province.
📍El Union Coffee location
El Union Coffee is located in San Juan, La Union. You may take any bus that plies the Manila-La Union route to get there from Manila.
When I traveled solo to La Union, I went to the Partas bus terminal in Pasay (note that they also have a terminal in Cubao).
Take the bus that goes to San Fernando, La Union. The fare rate ranges from USD 10 to 15 (PHP 600-850). The travel time takes about 5 to 7 hours, depending on the traffic situation.
Once you get there, you can take a tricycle to El Union Coffee.
🥯 El Union Coffee food
Price: USD 3.15 (PHP 180)
I ordered grilled cheese and had a moment of confusion when I saw the Sriracha sauce on the plate. Why would anyone put this red hot sauce in a cheese sandwich? But if they put it there, there must be a good reason, so I just went ahead and tried it to see if they’re onto something. To my surprise, it works! I’m not sure how, but the sriracha did something to enhance the taste of the sandwich, and I finished the whole thing in no time.
☕ El Union Coffee drinks
Price: USD 2.80 (PHP 160)
Horchata is a cold drink with rice milk, cinnamon, almond essence, and vanilla extract. They call it dirty horchata when it has espresso. I ordered dirty horchata for USD 2.80 (PHP 160), hoping that it wouldn’t disappoint; it didn’t.
There is something unique to the taste of this drink that separates it from any of the iced coffee drinks that I had before. It was nice but could use more espresso. Somehow the rice milk dulled the coffee flavor. But it was refreshing, just what I needed that hot afternoon.
Cold brew mocha
Price: USD 2.97 (PHP 170)
My favorite cold drink from El Union Coffee is the cold brew mocha. I had the milk replaced with oat milk, so I paid an additional USD 0.70 (PHP 40). It was so perfect for La Union’s humid weather. The taste of chocolate was prominent yet didn’t overpower the espresso flavor. Now that’s what you call a refreshing drink.
Price: USD 2.45 (USD 140)
I had to try their version of my favorite go-to drink, flat white, and it was good. It was smooth and creamy; definitely one of the best flat whites I’ve had.
🥘 El Union Coffee 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 Sep 6, 2022.
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. 💕