This IG-worthy café will chase away your rainy-day blues
Coffee Project is blooming.
G/F Wil Tower, Eugenio Lopez Drive, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Friday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) From the outside, Coffee Project looks like any other coffee shop, but don’t be fooled. Its facade hides interiors worthy of your Instagram feed.
Stunning flower chandeliers
It’s not their first branch, but it’s definitely the one that gets the most attention, and for good reason. Stepping inside, you're immediately drawn to the opulently decorated ceiling—caged lights wrapped with beautiful flowers and poppy chandeliers—and it doesn’t stop there. Each little nook is filled with blooms, inspirational quotes, and light fixtures. It's made up of everything that you’re looking for in a coffee shop: welcoming, comforting, and homey—almost as if you’re being transported to an entirely different place.
Coffee Project is a venture by CMStar Management, Inc., sister company of Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. which owns AllHome. Everything you’ll find in the café—from the flowers to the tables and shelves—can be bought from AllHome. The idea is to create a specialty store that showcases what both companies are good at: Creating and decorating homes.
There’s no question about whether you’ll want to stay or not, it’s just a matter of deciding what to order. Their best-selling Vietnamese Latte (P155) is sweet and creamy, with hints of cinnamon, giving every sip a delicious lift. The beans are sourced directly from Vietnam, while the oatmeal cookies are delivered weekly from Tagaytay. If you ask nicely, the barista will even grant latte art requests.
Ca Phe Sua Da
For real coffee junkies, the Ca Phe Sua Da (P155) or traditional Vietnamese Iced Coffee, is a fun concoction. The coffee beans are brewed in a small metal French dip filter into a cup filled to a quarter with condensed milk, stirred, then poured over ice. The sweetness of the condensed milk tones down the bitterness into a subtle but rich coffee blend.
Green Matcha Frappe
For a milkier version, their Iced Vietnamese (P175) definitely hits the spot. Matcha fans won't feel left out with the café’s earthy Green Matcha Frappe (P175).
Chicken and Pork Adobo
Coffee Project also serves comfort food—from pasta to sandwiches, salad to all-day breakfasts. If dishes that hit closer to home are what you’re after, give their Chicken and Pork Adobo (P295) a try. The sauce is quite thick and a bit on the salty side, but that’s only because it’s richer than usual. It comes with two eggs, and the serving size is enough to feed two hungry people.
Their Sardine Pasta (P210) is a hearty mix of pesto, red sauce, and chili flakes, topped with parmesan cheese and sardines. The concept may not be new, but the dish is still noteworthy for its delicious spicy kick.
Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Cap off your visit with dessert. We recommend their Salted Caramel Cheesecake (P195). What really gets you is the velvety smooth texture that melts in your mouth. The caramel flavor isn’t too overpowering, the sugary and salty balance is irresistible, and the cheese is as creamy as cheesecake can get.
Admittedly, it could've been the picture-perfect interiors all over Instagram that draws people in, but the food, drinks, and the overall experience are what will make you stay. Coffee Project is just too good of a café for a one-time visit. Pretty soon, you’ll find yourself coming back for more.
Photos by Criselda Carreon