At this coffee shop, you decide the price of your coffee

Recession Coffee believes that a cup should be recession-proof.

Recession Coffee 
Digital Walker, 3/F Eastwood Mall, Quezon City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.




( “How much would you like to pay for coffee, ma'am?”


This seems to be the most challenging question customers face when they walk up to the counter at Recession Coffee. The newest café at Eastwood Mall, Recession Coffee shares space with tech store Digital Walker and is the first café in Metro Manila to peddle caffeinated drinks by offering customers a “pay-what-you-want” scheme. The fact that they are serving really good coffee (they use YKW beans, the same ones used by third-wave café EDSA BDG) may leave the process a little bit…uncomfortable for some.


Not an uncommon concept in countries like the U.K., Australia, and the United States, the “pay-what-you-want” system is built on the idea that consumers—in this case, coffee lovers—shouldn’t be deprived of good coffee even when funds are low. You can pay a little less when money is tight or be more generous when you can.



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Because good coffee is a human right


Still unconvinced you can fork over a little less than P50? The folks at Recession Coffee made a funny guide that hangs over your head (and gives you perspective) while you decide at the counter: Pay P100 and you’re “the water to our coffee beans,”  give P150 and they think “you set a great example.” Pay anything less than P50 and your coffee comes with a prayer: “We hope you get that job.”






Honey Ombre Cake




Banana Almond Tart


But once you allow your wallet to dictate how much you are willing to fork over, the next challenge is deciding which dessert to get. Confections by pastry chef Miko Aspiras, the inventive guy behind Scout’s Honor and Magnum Café fame, are displayed on the counter. Unlike the coffee, the desserts and cookies come with a price tag:  Scout’s Honor Triple Cookies are P110 apiece, while the chocolate-flavored rainbow cake dubbed #LoveWins is priced at P150. The Honey Ombre Cake and the Banana Almond Tart (both P140) also look like pretty options to pair with your cup of coffee.


If inflation has made you give up many of life’s little luxuries except, well, for your daily cup of coffee, you know where to go.

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