Are you a coffee lover? Do you like discovering new coffee joints in your area? If so, then you should definitely check out Alch3mist Coffee Shop in BF Homes, Paranaque. This coffee shop officially opens this July 14, 2019.
Alch3mist Coffee Shop is a 3rd wave coffee shop, which means they offer artisinal coffee. They have different sourced beans from local and international as well as high-quality espresso and latte drinks.
Location and ambiance
Alch3mist Coffee Shop is located just across Metrostar Mall. It’s easily accessible via tricycles plying the roads in BF Homes.
The coffee shop has a really nice interior with modern, industrial look. There are comfortable couches and chairs, as well as bar stools. There are plugs available so you can bring your laptop here or even hold private meetings.
Alch3mist Coffee Shop offers different types of specialty coffee.
You can order espresso (with or without milk) or latte. I had espresso with milk which was really good — the flavor was strong and it’s definitely on the top list of espressos I’ve tried.
I also tried cold latte. I liked this best because it’s creamier and it went better with our food. There’s also a small baby latte version called piccolo latte, served in a small glass.
We also tried their filter coffees. There’s Ethiopia Gedeb, Philippines Sitio Naguey and Philippines Sitio Belis. If you’re a coffee aficionado, you’ll appreciate the smell and flavor in each beans. For instance, the Naguey has notes of lavender, sun-dried raisins and strawberries in chocolate fondue.
Their barrista explained that, for them, it takes training to be able to detect these flavors. As such, sourcing coffee beans is also an important factor because the higher the elevation of the coffee plants are, the fruitier the taste. Aside from the coffee beans, they also choose the best ingredients for the coffee — for the milk, they use an Australian brand brought directly from a supplier. Coffee is truly an art in itself.
To be honest, I couldn’t tell the notes from the filter coffees. However, with my pedestrian taste, I liked all the filter coffees especially the Ethiopia Gedeb.
For reference, here is their coffee menu:
- Espresso: P100 (DMT) / P110 (Purplehaze)
- Espresso with water: P100 (DMT) / P110 (Purplehaze)
- Espresso with milk: P140 (DMT) / P150 (Purplehaze)
- Cafe mocha: P170 (DMT) / P180 (Purplehaze)
- Ethiopia Gedeb: P140
- Ethopia Guji: P140
- Nicaragua Cafetos de Segovia: P140
- Philippines Sitio Naguey: P180
- Philippines Sitio Belis: P180
- Philippines Nigo: P180
Alch3mist Coffee Shop also serves food so you can have a complete meal here.
The Asian Salad (P250) has bites of sweet fruits.
For sandwiches, you can try the Cuban Press (P295) which comes with potato chips. The chips were thin, crunchy and sufficiently salty and the chicken sandwiches were so good — this is one of the best pressed sandwiches I’ve had. For its price, it’s definitely a steal. There’s also a pork version, but it’s a bit dry.
The Beef Tapa (P250) has flavorful pieces of tapa, sunny side up and sweet mango bits. It’s my first time to eat tapa with mangoes and I didn’t know that the sweetness complements the rice meal well.
The Umami Chicken (P250) has a nice pepper taste which everyone in the group liked. It comes with a cheesy dip. It’s also sulit for its price because it can be shared among 2-3 people.
For dessert, they have Banana Chocolate Hazelnut Waffle (P250). The waffle is fluffy and crunchy outside and this dessert is delicious. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m not a fan of sweet food, and this one just hit the right mark. It’s also good for sharing.
In general, the food served in Alch3mist Coffee Shop is really good and affordable for its quality.
If you like artisinal coffee or you’re a casual coffee lover who’s looking for a new coffee place to hang out at, you shouldn’t miss visiting Alch3mist Coffee Shop in BF Homes, Paranaque. Even if you’re not that into coffees, this is a great cafe to visit for its ambiance and food.
About Alch3mist Coffee Shop
Address: Ground Floor, VTP Mega Building, 90 Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Paranaque (across Metrostar Mall)
Opening hours: 10AM to 11PM
Disclaimer: Thanks South Foodies for organizing this event and Alch3mist Coffee Shop for having us! As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you been to Alch3mist Coffee Shop? Any other 3rd wave coffee shops you can recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
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Katherine Cortes is a 30-something freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).