Attention, coffee junkies: Kyoto’s % Arabica Coffee is opening soon in Bonifacio Global City

We are in tears.

( The rumors are true— % Arabica Coffee is arriving on our glorious Philippine shores. At the W City Center in Bonifacio Global City, to be exact. Founded by Kenneth Shoji along with World Latte Art champion Junichi Yamaguchi and architect Masaki Kato, they opened % Arabica Coffee’s flagship store in Higashiyama, Kyoto in 2014. The café currently has eight branches worldwide and is opening 14 more this year.


In January 2017, % Arabica Philippines’ official Instagram page confirmed it through a photo of what appears to be no other than Kenneth himself, signing the master franchise contract for the brand’s first-ever branch here. The caption read: “It’s official! Today, we signed the master franchise contract for Philippines! % Arabica will open our flagship store in Manila later this year!”



To feed our curious coffee-loving souls, they then posted a couple more teasers the following weeks, including a raw photo showing the construction site tagged under the location W City Center. One thing’s for sure: this branch will have a beautiful high ceiling.


Soon. (^_~) #arabica #arabicaPHILIPPINES #seetheworldthroughcoffee

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Manila! % has landed! (*???*) *** - #arabica #arabicaph #seetheworldthroughcoffee

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Of course, we had to ask when the opening date is just so we could sleep at night. “We’ll open hopefully by September. We’ll definitely drop a line when the day comes,” % Arabica Coffee Philippines said in a text message to


IT. IS. OFFICIAL. Who can sleep with this excitement? We can’t wait!


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