Lately, I’ve been thinking about checking more of the coffee scene in Rizal. The province has a thriving coffee culture and it’d be a shame if I don’t feature them in my blog especially when I live just a few kilometers away from Taytay. So far, I’ve been to Feynman Coffee, which I find to be impressive.
Today, I’ll be featuring what is known to many as the sari-sari store turned into a Japanese-inspired coffee shop, Typica Coffee.
ℹ️ Typica Coffee quick information
📍Address: 72 E Rodriguez Ave, Taytay, 1920 Rizal, Philippines
🕑 Store hours: Open daily, 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
💰 Price range: USD 0.96-3.49 (PHP 55-200)
🍴What to order: Dirty Matcha, Caffe Shakerato
📍Typica Coffee location
There are two Typica Coffee branches in Rizal; the original can be found on the side of the street along E. Rodriguez Ave in Taytay while the second branch is on the roof deck of Hollywood Terraces condominium in Antipolo, Rizal. I visited the one in Taytay as it’s closer to my city.
To get to Taytay, I rode a motorbike taxi, travel time took about 20 to 25 minutes.
🖼️ Typica Coffee ambiance and interiors
The coffee shop maintained the old structure of what it was once, a sari-sari store. And by that I mean the baristas stood inside the store and customers can order through the window. There were just a few seatings outside and they were all occupied. There is a small building next to it, which I realized is an extension of the coffee shop. I went there so I can find a place to sit.
The interiors have the typical Japanese feel to them; minimalist design, white walls, and coffee bars made of unpainted concrete. There were limited seatings even within this space, just a few stool chairs and an L-shaped bar table against the walls. It looks nice and chic.
I approached the barista, a young lady who seems to be in her late teens or early 20s. I asked her what’s the difference between this space and the sari-sari store (let’s just call it that for easy reference). She said that they have different menus; they serve classic coffee while the sari-sari store serves cold drinks like frappes. I replied, “I’m in the right place then.”
💻 Typica Coffee WiFi
Typica Coffee has no WiFi.
🔌 Typica Coffee electrical outlets
Typica Coffee has no electrical outlets.
🥯 Typica Coffee food
Price: USD 2.09 (PHP 120)
I almost ordered a cake but decided against it when I remembered I needed to go easy with my sugar intake. So I got a coffee bun.
It was just okay, wouldn’t hold a candle to the popular coffee buns of Kopi Roti. I tried my best to use a fork to eat it but the top of the bun was very crumbly and a bit hard so I just ate the rest of it by hand. I think it could use more butter inside and I wish they’d make it softer. I’m not a baker so I don’t know how to do that; just referencing my favorite Kopi Roti coffee bun.
Vegan Dark Chocolate Cookie
Price: USD1.22 (PHP70)
I didn’t expect that I would like this cookie but I did. It was dense, moist, and chewy but not super soft. And the best thing about it is that it wasn’t brittle. I hate rock-hard and crumbly cookies so I’m glad that this cookie was anything but. Plus it’s vegan, what more can I ask for?!
☕ Typica Coffee drinks
Price: USD2.09 (PHP120)
I had Dirty Matcha and it didn’t disappoint. It was so good, had that rich matcha flavor but I could still taste the espresso. I’m not a barista so I’m not going to pretend like I know the science behind the concoction; all I know is that I don’t like it when one flavor overpowers the other, in this case, the matcha and the espresso. I want to taste both if that makes sense.
🥘 Typica 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 September 19, 2022.
So that’s my short review of Typica Coffee. Do I think it’s worth a second visit? The answer is yes. I want to try their cakes next time and maybe their brewed coffee or frappes.
Hopefully, I’d get to visit the second branch too.
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. 💕