Opening Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Monday – Saturday), 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Telephone: (02) 833 – 9556
Mobile: (+63) 917-574-11-19 / (+63) 917-825-52-93
Can't get enough of third wave coffee shops? If you're looking for your daily caffeine fix outside the Makati CBD, look no further than the Habitual Coffee shop.
Formerly located in Pasig, Habitual Coffee has since moved to Pasong Tamo in Makati City. It's easy to find the place: All you have to do is (1) find the intersection of Gil Puyat (a.k.a. Buendia) and Chino Roces (a.k.a. Pasong Tamo); (2) walk a couple of blocks across Urban Avenue and De La Rosa Street; and (3) keep walking across King's Court Building until you find the café, which is nestled beside a sports equipment store.
The first thing you'll notice is that the café has an unfinished, industrial feel to it. We're not sure if it's a design choice, but it can be jarring for customers who are used to the polished, cozy looks of other coffee shops.
Also, their kitchen doesn't open until 10 in the morning. That means you can only order beverages — but not food — within the first three hours, so this isn't an ideal place to visit if you eat breakfast in coffee shops.
Still, it is a quiet place to work. If you're willing to wait for three hours until the kitchen opens, you can indulge yourself in some interesting reading materials, courtesy of the café.
Lastly, judging by the other customers we drank with at the time, the café attracts an eclectic mix of patrons. We saw gym junkies, students, yuppies and even senior citizens. Clearly, the shop has a charm that can't be easily put into words.
For this review, we ordered one Flat White Espresso (Php120) and one Caramel Macchiatto Waffle (Php260).
Now, we understand that when a shop/restaurant recommends a "bestseller," it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, we think the Flat White deserves that label, because it had a rich blend of bitterness and sweetness. (And we didn't even have to add anything!) It's still a strong drink, though, so unless you're planning an all-nighter, avoid drinking it too late in the day.
Actually, it's not as sweet as it could've been. The hard, plain-tasting walnuts balance out the soft, sweet texture of the rest of the dish, and the coffee syrup ensures that it goes well with any beverage you drink. Considering that the kitchen opens at 10 A.M., the waffles make a great "brunch" meal.
Since we visited the café on a Saturday morning, there was only one employee attending to our needs. She was kind enough to tell us about the "Kitchen Opens @10 AM" rule, and to give us tips about their bestsellers. We would've had a better time if she served us a glass of water before we ate our meal, but for the most part, she was quite polite.
For those of you who work/live in the CBD, Habitual Coffee may be somewhat inaccessible. It's also in a somewhat seedy part of Chino Roces, so be careful when you're travelling there. Find a secure parking spot, and keep an eye on your valuables.
The place could use a little more polish, too. The unfinished feel may be part of the "quirky" look, but we don't think it really complements the image the café wants to project. (It's a bit difficult to enjoy your coffee when you feel like you're right in the middle of a construction site!)
As for their products, we don't have much to complain about. The coffee and food are exactly what you'd expect from a coffee shop. If you're looking for "revolutionary" and "groundbreaking," though, this place might disappoint.
Overall, we give the place an 8/10. There are better cafés around the city for the picky, but Habitual Coffee is still worth a try for those who want to experience coffee shops Philippine-style.