Mark Your Calendars: The Manila Coffee Festival Is Making a Brew-Tiful Comeback This Weekend

The 2022 edition of the annual event is not to be missed.

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( For true-blue lovers of coffee, there's way more to a cup of joe than just being, well, a beverage. It's essentially a way of life. Chances are you drink it first thing to help you get through the morning; in the afternoons to battle that post-lunch slump; or with dessert to balance out the sweetness of that chocolate cake. More than being a means of consuming caffeine, it also appeals from a taste standpoint given its generally robust, aromatic character—and it's especially fascinating when you think about how so many factors, from the growing conditions and type of coffee beans used to the brewing methods and more, affect the resulting cup. Love all things coffee? You'll definitely want to free up your schedule as the annual Manila Coffee Festival is back this weekend, April 29 to May 1, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Fort Santiago in Intramuros.


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Don't miss the 2022 edition of the Manila Coffee Festival:

It's not a coincidence that the three-day Manila Coffee Festival is happening in Intramuros, especially since the Walled City is the very point from which coffee entered our side of the world via the Manila Galleon Trade during the Spanish colonial period. 


Filipino coffee enthusiasts are in for a treat as you'll find the Single Origin Bar featuring single-origin coffees from different parts of the Philippines—straight from the local growers themselves. You'll also be able to try out special collaboration drinks from local coffee shop Papakape and homegrown rum brand Don Papa Rum featuring notable single-origin coffee from our own shores.

Manila Coffee Festival 2022
PHOTO BY Manila Coffee Festival

You can also look forward to the talks, lectures, and workshops from key folks in the industry, including coffee specialist Rich Watanabe, restaurant consultant Cyrus Cruz, and Good Cup Coffee Company's Gio Visitacion. Also taking place at the event are a latte art competition; appearances by known national coffee competition personalities; and performances by local music artists like Toto Sosorio, Toni and Faith, and more. And apart from coffee beverages and drinkware, you'll also find eats perfect for pairing with your cup of joe—think desserts, pastries, and so on.

Tickets go for just P150 and are inclusive of the entrance fee to Fort Santiago, access to the Single Origin Bar, priority registration for workshops and talks, and even tranvia rides from designated pick-up points to Fort Santiago. These can be purchased either at Fort Santiago, at Kapetolyo by SGD Coffee at the Kartilya ng Katipunan Park Manila, or at the SGD Coffee Bodega at Maalahanin Street in Quezon City. You can also reach out to 0956-331-4593.


The Manila Coffee Festival is from April 29 to May 1, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila. For more information, check out the Manila Coffee Festival's Facebook page.

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