January 16, 2020

Made Local from Local: Low(Cal) Cafe - Ayala Malls Manila Bay

I love so many things in my life and coffee is definitely one of them. A good cup of coffee can make even the earliest of mornings and longest of days a little more bearable. It’s our ever-reliable companion for long stressful days or nights. It’s also there for quiet weekend mornings or when we want to catch up with friends or family. It’s the liquid gold that fuels our body and soul.

I've visited a lot of coffee shops since I started my love affair with coffee back in college. Most times I go for the mainstream ones. But there are those that are not forerunners that I really liked and always go back to. I love discovering new places to get my caffeine fix and a lot of times the not so popular ones really stand out to me.

Just a few weeks ago I discovered a new coffee place that is very unique, and I believe is the first of its kind in the country - Low(Cal) Cafe at the newly opened Ayala Malls Manila Bay. Low Cal Cafe is found inside the Naturale Market and shares a space with other brands offering products that are mostly organic and locally made.

Low(Cal) Cafe originally started in Green Habit, then they decided to open up a coffee shop as they're all coffee lovers. All of their coffee and teas are definitely vegan and low-calorie. Even their whipped cream is healthy as its made of soy-based whip cream, activated charcoal and vanilla mix but it tastes just like the usual whipped cream! Their takeout box is made from used milk cartons, their sugar cups and lids are made from sugar cane and are 100% compostable which is very good for Mother Nature.

Low(Cal) is the brainchild of passionate and determined young entrepreneurs with varied expertise in science, food, business and arts. Low(Cal)’s coffee and teas are definitely vegan, low calorie and sourced locally. There are few things that why I like this new coffee shop:

Low(Cal)’s space is relaxing and definitely Instagram-able. Their space isn’t that big, but the layout and furnishing are really pleasing to the eyes. The tables, chairs and the hanging egg seats are all locally made and are actually also for sale. I love the tropical vibes that the space evokes. One of their walls is painted with tropical plants in very vibrant colors that it can be a nice backdrop for your OOTD shots or just about any photo; of course, also that space where the egg rattan seats are hanging are perfect for IG.

Low(Cal)’s drinks are not only yummy but are also healthy. Like I said a while back, their coffee is low calorie and uses natural sweeteners like coconut sugar and cacao. Even their whipped cream is healthy! It’s made of soy-based milk and activated charcoal but tastes delish just like the usual whipped cream. Their coffees and teas are also full-flavored that you won’t noticed they are vegan or low calorie. For the creamer, they use either soy milk or almond milk.

Coco Caramel Frappe – coconut sugar and caramel cold blended drink

Caramel Cream Ice Blended   just like the coconut sugar and caramel cold blended drink sans the coco

Coco Macchiato Espresso – coffee with coconut sugar and foamed milk on top

Dark Mocha Frappe – cacao and Benguet coffee cold blended drink

Memory Boost Tea – freshly brewed tea to enhance memory.

Coffee Jelly Frappe – just like the coco caramel but with vegan coffee jelly.

Low Cal is an advocate for local farmers, entrepreneurs and for the care of mother nature. Most of Low Cal’s coffee beans are sourced from local farmers from Benguet and Batangas, that’s also another meaning of their brand name. You will see on their counter that they also sell organic products like bottled food and beauty products. 

As for caring of the environment, this part amused me a lot. Their coffee holder for if you’re having your coffee to-go, are used milk cartons! Moreover, their coffee cups are 100% compostable and the coffee cup lids are made from sugar cane! The owner said, these cups and lids cost a little more than the usual but it’s a sacrifice they are happy to take, all for helping the environment.

As of the moment, they only have one branch and that's quite far from where I live and work. But they're opening another branch in Makati and hopefully more soon! But you can order via Food Panda if you're really curious to try.

The Naturale Market,
3/F Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Aseana Ave.,
Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Contact Nos: +63 9393531028
Email: greenhabitph@gmail.com

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