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This IG-Worthy Cafe in Manila Will Make You Feel Like You’re in Brooklyn New York

Even your pets are welcome here!
This IG-Worthy Cafe in Manila Will Make You Feel Like You’re in Brooklyn New York
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Even your pets are welcome here!

All workaholics can testify that with the flourishing hustle culture in action, coffee is everyone’s main weapon against exhaustion. Luckily for the South crowd, there’s a must-visit spot around your block where you can seek refuge from demotivation. Introducing: The Black Bean cafe.

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Feel like a main character when you visit this coffee house as you go around admiring its industrial, Brooklyn loft-esque interiors, nordic-inspired furniture, and rustic yet outlandish fixtures. Case in point: High-set wooden chairs and tables go hand-in-hand with brown leather sofas—and yes, it totally looks like a movie set. Go around back in their BF (Paranaque) branch and enjoy wine at the cellar-inspired parts of the site. 

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The aesthetics are only one-fourth of their selling point because once you taste the food and drinks, nothing will ever be the same again. Both the founders of the place, Christian Casino and Omu Camus, are big coffee connoisseurs and they believe that coffee, whatever the blend may be, is supposed to be good. In their Dirty Black Sesame Latte (P190), they've done a terrific job preserving the integrity of the coffee grinds while also adding a touch of whimsy—and that's just one of many.

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“Overall, we wanted to serve comfort food,” Omu Camus, TBB’s co-founder, told Preview. “We basically compiled a list that we wanted to serve better and hopefully we're doing just that.” 

The menu just screams “You must try this!” as TBB highlights modern comfort plates that we rarely see anywhere, such as the Smoked Salmon Toast (P380), the Pares Cream Pasta (P350, and their bestselling Red-Egg Chili Pasta (P250). Other than that, their Steak with Buttered French Beans and Carrot Puree (P850) is also a good choice if you're looking for a heavier meal. 

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Their finely curated selection goes through a phenomenal process that involves every single staff member. “Whenever we plan to put a new thing on the menu, the whole staff has to like it. If five of us don’t, then it’s scratched,” Omu says. TBB is all about inclusion, and whether that’s their staff or their guests, everyone’s input matters as the business just exudes quality over quantity. 

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Ultimately, TBB is like a home with no locks where everyone is welcome to enjoy anything they want. “It is for everybody. The reason why we chose ‘black’ is because it’s both the presence and absence of color so just like us, whoever comes through our doors, even pets, they’re all welcome,” reiterates Omu. 

For first-timers, there’s an array of new coffee fixes you need to try, starting with their Spanish Latte (P200), Meringue Cappuccino (P195), and their Salted Caramel Creme Brulee (P190).

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The Black Bean is located at 2/F Eton WestEnd Mall, Chino Roces corner, Malugay and Yakal Streets, Makati City. You can also visit their branch in BF Homes, Parañaque.

For more information, you can check out their social media pages on Instagram or Facebook.

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