October 9, 2019

% Arabica Coffee: See The World Through Coffee

Are you someone who can’t start his/her day without having a fix of caffeine? Well, I am just like that. I can’t start my day without having a cup of coffee, or two. I mean, please don’t talk to me until I have engulfed reasonable amounts of caffeine because my brain won’t function until then. Coffee is the fuel of my soul, it’s what’s keep running all throughout the night (I work night shift). And don’t you just love that the first smell you inhale after getting out of bed is the aroma of coffee? Moreover, the bitterness or sweetness (depends on the type of coffee that you drink) gives you that sudden kick that will catapult you getting your body moving and going.

For when times that I don’t have time to enjoy a cup of joe before I leave home for work or I ran out of stash of coffee (which both rarely happens), the moment I step at work, after clocking in, I hurriedly get my fix. Sounds funny, but seriously, I crave for it, it seems like I’m having a withdrawal if I don’t drink it after an hour or so after I wake up. It’s really like a drug, it’s addictive but not bad for you. But yeah too much of it can cause you hyperacidity and what-nots, but not as bad as real drugs that can make you go crazy and kill you.

One of my latest coffee discoveries is % Arabica just at the ground floor of our office building. I’ve been dying to try this Japanese coffee chain, but most times, like I said, I already had my caffeine fix before I get to work. But there’s this one time that I wasn’t able to do so, I decided to finally try Arabica, instead of the usual office pantry coffee (which is not so bad at all).

The type Arabica coffee accounts for 60% of the world's coffee production and is also known as Arabian coffee. It is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, and is the dominant cultivar, representing some 60% of global production. Coffee produced from the (less acidic, more bitter, and more highly caffeinated) Robusta bean makes up most of the remaining coffee production.

% Arabica was founded by Kenneth Shoji due to his love for coffee, design, and seeing the world. He said he truly need an amazing cup of coffee every day (which I a thousand times agree with!). So, to create the best coffee possible, Kenneth Shoji borrowed money and bought a coffee farm in Hawaii. He also started trading green beans from around the world and became the sole-exporter of a Japanese roasting machine along with the distributor of one of the best espresso machines in the world. Then in September 2014, He opened the flagship store in the beautiful historic city of Kyoto, Japan.

Since then, % Arabica grew to be a large global coffee chain with outlets around the world including South East Asia, The Middle East and Europe and soon opening in the Northern America. % Arabica’s first store in the Philippines is located at W City Centre in the contemporary, fun and populated Bonifacio Global City and opened back in 2018. Every time I get dropped off to work, I passed by the café to get to the lobby of the elevator and I always notice that it’s always full. But I love how the café is designed, modern-minimalist with clean lines and predominantly white with touches of brown and metal.

The cafe has around 6 tables that can be moved together to make it more communal and they also have narrow loft/halls at the mezzanine where customers can also occupy if when the main café hall is packed. There’s a mixture of people who go there but most of the time, whenever I pass by or drop by, mostly are working peeps probably headed to their night shift work just like myself. But you’ll see some in their casual clothes, probably residents around the area and some people just meeting up and decided to have % Arabica as their venue.

Hot Caffe Latte

They have a very simple and minimalist menu as well. With some core espressos, single origin or blended, iced or hot; unfortunately, no frappes. They do offer teas and some breads and pastries but just a handful of them. I heard they use the same type of Arabica beans that they use in their Japan branches. And they are being roasted in-house from medium to dark level. Most of the coffees are freshly brewed and prepped as you order, which gives you nothing but the best full-bodied coffee in every cup.

Espresso Macchiato

I went there a few times and tried a different coffee each time which included Espresso Macchiato, Hot Caffe Latte, Iced Spanish Latte and Iced Cafe Mocha. First of all, may I just say that their coffee is really that good as what everyone I know that have tried it. There’s only one coffee shop that has given me this reaction and the two branches that they have near where I work always closes early and thank goodness that % Arabica is just at my office building and it closes at 10:00 PM.

Iced Spanish Latte

The Espresso Macchiato and Hot Cafe Latte both have really bold coffee flavor with some nutty aftertaste. You can really tell they are quality coffee as the flavor lingers in your mouth after even you’ve downed it. I love them both, but I’m really not a hot coffee kind of person, I don’t even know why ordered hot coffee the first two times, but after that I tried the iced ones: Iced Spanish Latte and Iced Mocha.

Iced Cafe Mocha

If you’re like me who loves iced coffee more than the ones that’ll burn your tongue and lips, well I’m telling you, these two are a must order! The Iced Cafe Mocha is really good! Both the coffee and chocolate flavors were bold, and you can tell they are of quality and flavors blend so well together. As for the Iced Spanish Latte, it was something else! Slightly sweeter than a normal latte with hints of cinnamon if I’m correct. I love it and this is my order most days alternating with the Iced Café Mocha.

% Arabica also sells coffee beans that you can grind and brew at the comfort of your own home, plus some other cool merchandise like tumblers and bags. Price points may be a little steep, but if you don’t mind paying a little more for some good quality coffee, or fed up with your daily 3-in-1s or coffee pantry, then you should try % Arabica.

Unit 1, Ground Floor, W City Center,
7th Ave. cor 30th St., Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City Philippines
Contact Nos: (02) 821 6744
Email: hello@arabicaph.com

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
% Arabica Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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