Coffeechella by Bo’s Coffee

Last July, Bo’s Coffee, an institution in the coffee shop industry in the Philippines, organized the first-ever Coffeechella to celebrate its 20th year in business. Bo’s has been an important part of my life in the city and has somewhat influenced me to become a good and conscious coffee drinker. Continue reading “Coffeechella by Bo’s Coffee”


French Breakfast at Rollin’ Pin, Dumaguete

In one of our recent trips to Dumaguete this year, we arrived in the city early and sought out Rocks Coffee-to-Go for breakfast and to check our work emails while waiting for our boat to Siquijor. Sadly, when I inquired about the coffee shop, they have closed. So my husband and I went out of Siliman University and walked a few steps to find another breakfast place. Good thing we chanced upon Rollin’ Pin because we think we have found a new favorite in Dumaguete. Continue reading “French Breakfast at Rollin’ Pin, Dumaguete”

De Caffe Luwak





This is me. Taking a selfie using the Acer Crystal Eye app while drinking a tall cafe latte.

Yesterday, I decided to work outside the home. Although it was far, I went to JCenter Mall in Bakilid, Mandaue, across where our former office was located. Before arriving at the mall, I have decided to spend my afternoon at Bo’s Coffee, hoping they would have their delicious sandwiches. But there weren’t any at Bo’s. Thank heavens there was a nearby coffee shop. It was almost empty and looked clean, and there were no students studying inside. I am not against studying at coffee shops, but I was not in the mood for noisy discussions. So, I went inside De Caffe Luwak.

I was disappointed not to find any sandwiches at the caffe. I wasn’t craving for something sweet, and I always find that coffee is best when paired with something savory — to each his/her own on this one. There were honey breads, which reminded me of Cafe Noriter in Dumaguete which was the first place I tasted honey bread. There were cheesecakes (sorry, I don’t get that kind of dessert), big cupcakes with an intricate rose icing and sad-looking cookies at the bottom of the display counter. I chose a latte and a piece of cookie, none of which got me excited. I felt my stomach rumbling after having a few sips of the latte (too much milk) for me. And the cookies, well I don’t care for cookies either. But I stayed because I was not there for the coffee nor for the cookies.

The staff — Alvin and partner — was another story though. They were friendly and they played really good music (reggae, Jack Johnson). And they taught me ways how to recycle used coffee grounds. They knew a lot, and I am glad to know people who are recycling their waste. Their wifi was also great.

All photos, except the bottom, were taken by Joel Lopez.