Sunday, January 17, 2016

Luna Specialty Coffee: Showcasing Good Coffee and Creative Filipino Favorites

Luna Specialty Coffee is a specialty cafe that showcases Filipino delicacies with their curated coffee and breakfast offerings. They first opened their doors at the NAC tower in Bonifacio Global City in 2013 and were doing quite well that they opened a second branch in the more crowded Bonifacio High Street in just 2 years after. 

I plan on coming back to try their food items, but here's an article by that offers a glimpse of the creative twists they gave Filipino food. If you're a coffee and music lover, be sure to drop by their Luna sessions every Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm. 

In the meantime, let's talk about their coffee. 

The brew bar offers just pour-over using the Kalita 102 as the brewing method of choice. You don't have an option to choose other brewing methods that's common with other specialty cafes when you order the Luna Brew (Php 110).

I loved the laid back and cozy ambiance of Luna. The store seems a bit small, but I wouldn't mind staying in the cafe while enjoying a nice, hot cup of coffee. It's great for both intimate conversations or quite time alone. 

Luna also sells 250g bags of specialty coffee and Hario coffee brewing equipment. The brewing equipment is quite expensive, so if you're looking for Hario products that's a bit cheaper then check out my article on where you can purchase Hario products in the Philippines

I was able to try their Cappuccino (Php 160) which comes with a huge cup and served with original Tipas hopia. They use their signature Luna espresso blend for all their espresso-based beverages. As a specialty coffee drinker, I thought the cappuccino was a bit watered down (particularly if you love the strong espresso flavors from Yardstick or EDSA Beverage Design Studio) that seems closer to a Latte. For people who don't regularly drink coffee, it might come off as perfectly balanced drink. 

What surprised me was pairing hopia and coffee - it's a really brilliant as the sweetness of the hopia works quite well with the bitterness of the coffee. I love the pair and I'm probably going to replicate it at home. 

The service needs quite a bit of improvement, as they weren't able to answer a number of my questions particularly about the coffee. If you market yourself as a specialty cafe, the expectation is that the baristas understand the coffee they brew by heart and that was not the impression I was given on my first visit. 

Food Quality: 3.5
Service Quality: 3.0
Ambiance: 4.0

Overall Quality: 3.5

Luna Specialty Coffee is a nice, cozy cafe that showcases Filipino coffee and Filipino food. If you're feeling a bit patriotic about the coffee that you drink and you're just around Bonifacio Global City, then drop by Luna and have a taste of their creative Filipino offerings. 

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1 comment:

  1. This looks a nice place to relax and have a good conversation with friends. Thanks for sharing! :)