Rockwell Center is a haven for all kinds of java junkies. Whether you want it hot, cold, strong or sweet, as a cap to a satisfying meal or a morning picker-upper, there’s a coffee here for you!
Illy Caffè for the dessert lover
Located right in the middle of Power Plant Mall, Illy Caffè may be an unusual spot to enjoy a shot of the Marocchino caldo (bottom layer of hot chocolate, Illy espresso dusted with cocoa and topped with hot frothed milk), but it’s the perfect nook to do some people-watching and catching up.
One sip of this pretty concoction is like drinking a chocolate bar laced with coffee—highly addictive and joyful! It’s even better with Illy’s signature biscotti dipped into the shot glass. The next time you’re at a loss on what dessert to have after a hearty meal, head over to Illy Caffè and try it—it really is liquid gold.
Refinery for the remotely working entrepreneur
If you’re at the Joya Lofts and Towers, consider parking your laptop at Refinery and have the orange-infused cappuccino. The combination is quite yummy, with the citrus fruit giving a tangy twist to the classic favorite. Each sip awakens the senses (handy when working on a deadline) and satisfies the craving for something sweeter than the usual cup.
The ambience of the restaurant itself makes it even more enjoyable and conducive to great ideas while keeping you calm and relaxed while working.
EDSA BDG for the coffee connoisseur
The island bar in the middle of The Grid serves a myriad of drinks: beer, fresh juices, soda and, yes, freshly brewed coffee. The folks at EDSA BDG are passionate about their cup of joe, so much so that the very engaging barista walked us through the process of the pour over of their, you guessed it, Pourover cup from their #YKW single origin menu. Using beans from Ethiopia, he carefully measured, strained, poured and mixed to get the purest liquid from the fresh beans served in a carafe and a shot glass “because it’s meant to be enjoyed like wine, sip by sip,” he said.
It was possibly one of the best coffees we’ve ever tried, smooth and smoky with nary a drop of milk or sugar needed to highlight the flavors. Check it out when you’re at The Grid and make sure you watch the fascinating process and listen to the commentary!
Eight Coffee Bar by UCC for a morning jolt
Step into the mezzanine of 8 Rockwell to find UCC waiting for the office dwellers longing for a jolt of caffeine. Try the cold brew coffee served in—wait for it—a wineglass! The Nitro Draft (black/ creamy) is infused with nitrogen and released through a pressurized valve, giving the coffee a foamy top and a smoother, creamier finish, you won’t even need to add sugar. Unlike some cold brews that run on the bitter side, this is nothing but; it’s delicious and satisfying first thing in the morning, sure to make you conquer the day with the right attitude laced with cold brew.
Illy Caffè is at the R2 Level of Power Plant Mall. Refinery is at the ground floor of Joya Lofts and Towers. EDSA BDG is at The Grid, R2 Level of Power Plant Mall. Eight Coffee Bar is located at 8 Rockwell. (Story/Photos by: Jannine Sy)