Sunday, September 27, 2015

Single Origin: A Cafe With Excellent Specialty Coffee, Craft Beer, and Delicious All-Day Breakfast

Single Origin Cafe is a popular new player in the Philippine specialty coffee scene. As the name suggests, Single Origin offers single origin coffee from around the world. They are the exclusive distributor of Lamill Coffee in the Philippines - a specialty coffee roaster based in the United States. They also have a wide array of craft beer shipped from all around the world that you can choose from. 

The food here is a bit pricey, but I think the quality of food is worth the hefty price tag.

If you plan to come here for Specialty Coffee, you can choose your coffee brew method from either a Hario V60, Syphon, Chemex, or Sowden. The Hario V60 is the cheapest brew method at Php 140 for a 12oz cup, coffee brewed using either the Sowden or Chemex would costs Php 200 for a 20oz cup, and a Syphon brew costs Php 220 for a 20oz cup. 

Here's a list of the different single origin coffee varieties you can order. I tried the Guatemala Pulcal Carmona and it was so delicious! They really do serve a tasty cup of brewed coffee. 

I initially thought the prices were a bit high because the brewing parameters for a Hario V60 and a Chemex are quite similar and yet the Chemex was far more expensive. Then, I realized that the difference in pricing was because the Chemex is actually a 20oz cup of coffee. If you're going to enjoy a cup of coffee for yourself, the Hario V60 is one of the best brewing methods around so you can be assured that it will produce some delicious coffee. I use a Hario V60 to brew coffee at home but some of the best coffee I've tasted was brewed using a Chemex. 

For the night, I ordered a Salted Caramel Latte (Php 155) because it really stood out as something unique. I thought the taste was quite good as the salted home-made caramel really blended well with the espresso and milk. The only criticism I would have was that the salt became a bit concentrated at the bottom so make sure to stir the cup well (I usually don't because I like preserving the coffee art). 

I'm very eager to have a taste of the Orange Infused Cappuccino (Php 175) or a Creme Brulee (Php 190) next. I love specialty coffee but these are some pretty creative espresso beverages.

The Bacon Basket (Php 175) is my favorite dish of the night and I'm still craving for more of it. This was a basket of perfectly crispy BBQ glazed bacon served with a dip of garlic aoli. I don't think you even need the dip at all because the bacon chips were that good.

I think we might have a strong contender for the best bacon chips in Metro Manila right here!

The Crab Fat Pasta (Php 260) was another nice, decadent dish. The portion isn't as large as you would want it to be but the flavor was sure there. It had a nice creamy balance of salt and citrus that reminds you of the ocean. I can have a bowl of this all day!

The Short Ribs Benedicts (Php 380) was another standout dish of the night. The short ribs were succulent and were bursting with flavor from the BBQ saunce. The hollandaise sauce on the eggs was amazing - full of creamy, rich flavors. It's easily one of the best hollandaise sauces that I've tasted. That bit of salad on the plate adds a bit of fresh flavors on the plate to balance some of the rich flavors you'd get from the other two items.

The Corned Beef Benedict (Php 240) was a great dish, but it was my also my least favorite from the ones we've tried. The home-made corned beef was quite soft and tasty, but I did feel like it was a bit dry. The poached eggs on top were a bit too salty for my taste. The eggs benedict, again, was beautiful.

Single Origin also sells a number of drool-worthy specialty coffee gear at the shop. Unfortunately, it's all overpriced. If you're looking to build your coffee gear, you might be interested in a couple of my previous articles below. I promise you'll get more bang for you buck. 
They also sell 1 pound bags of Lamill Coffee Beans for Php 900 - Php 1000. I know I said their coffee tastes great, but I'm not quite sure if I'll buy a bag to consume at home. They don't place the roasting date in the packaging, and we all know how important that is.  

The ambiance of Single Origin was just beautiful whether you're here for brunch or dinner. The dim, low-hanging lights over dinner makes the place a bit cozy and romantic. I loved the overall atmosphere of the cafe.

If I were to nitpick, the quality of service is still something the new cafe can improve on. That's for both the attentiveness of the servers and their depth of knowledge about specialty coffee and craft beer. 

Food Quality: 4.5
Service Quality: 3.5
Ambiance: 5.0

Overall Quality: 4.5

I'm quite happy with dinner at Single Origin and I can't wait to come back. If you're looking for a cozy hangout in Bonifacio Global City for either coffee or beer, then consider going to Single Origin. 

Single Origin
Second Floor, C3 Building, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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