Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kuppa Roastery and Cafe: Good Food and Coffee as It Should Be

Kuppa Roastery and Cafe, Bacolod's coffee darling, is one of the best specialty coffee shops in Bonifacio Global City  - known for quality coffee and delicious food. Kuppa, established in 2006, is the pioneer of the Philippine specialty coffee movement. All their coffee are considered artisan roasts and part-owner Karen Lo-Tsai, one of the Philippine's few Q Graders (coffee sommelier), makes sure only the best quality coffee is served. 

It's rare to find a specialty coffee shop in Metro Manila with both excellent coffee and food - Kuppa has both.

Kuppa Roastery and Cafe - Ben's Cappucino
Ben's Cappucino (Php80)
Kuppa serves quality coffee at the most affordable price among the specialty cafes. While most coffee shops serve espresso with milk at Php140 or more, Kuppa's espresso concoctions generally don't go over Php100. That's pretty great value-for-money. I would recommend you get a Ben's Cappucino, Espresso Macchiato, or a White Cloud Mocha. Although I do love the Ben's Cappucino more than the others. 

The cafe also has a number of hand-brew options for brewed coffee. The brewing methods available are the Aeropress, Hario V60, and the French Press. I'd recommend the coffee brewed using either an Aeropress or the V60. They have a wonderful El Salvador Estate single origin with chocolate and caramel notes, or you can get the Ethiopia Konga if you prefer more berry-like flavors in your cup. 

One of their bestsellers is the Iced Nutcracker Latte but I'm not a fan.

Kuppa Roastery and Cafe - Barista's Secret
Barista's Secret (Php135)
If you prefer cream-based drinks then grab a Barista's Secret. I'm not exactly sure what the ingredients are (it's a secret, duh), but I'm sure it's loaded with vanilla and cream. It tastes a bit like a vanilla ice cream milkshake which makes it decadent and delicious.  

Kuppa Roastery and Cafe - Prosciutto Cotto e Funghi
Prosciutto Cotto e Funghi (Php290)
As for food, Kuppa has really good Italian pizzas and pastas. For pizza, the SeafoodProsciutto Cotto e Funghi, and Viva Espana are delicious. You can pair that with the Classic Carbonara, Chorizo Arriabiata, and Tre Formaggi pastas. Their range of pizza and pasta dishes are all so good, you won't go wrong no matter what you choose. 

Kuppa Roastery and Cafe - Sauteed Salmon

For the main course, get the Sauteed Salmon and Steak Ala Kuppa. You won't regret it. The mains are also the most expensive dishes served and the area where Kuppa becomes less affordable. In my opinion the mains were tasty, but nothing spectacular. 

Kuppa has very relaxing atmosphere which is great for hanging out with friends or dates. The restaurant is designed beautifully, making it a nice place to have a cup of coffee paired with a nice pastry. The service was good as the waiters were quite friendly. 

Food Quality: 4.25
Service Quality: 4.0
Ambiance: 5.0

Overall Score: 4.25

When you're around BGC, go ahead and drop by Kuppa for a taste of great coffee and delicious Italian cuisine. 

For more pictures, take a look at my Zomato review. If you want to brew exceptional coffee at home, know where to get the best freshly roasted specialty coffee beans and the coffee gear you need to brew a better cup.

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  1. Aw, Kuppa. Coffee from my home, reminds me of my home. :)

    1. Really Lux, you're from Bacolod? Yeah, they really make great coffee. You probably frequent Kuppa's in BGC if you get homesick!