I really don’t like driving to QC on a weekday. The traffic is just horrible. But I was promised a unique kind of dinner and coffee experience and that was enough incentive for me. And because I was so scared of the traffic along EDSA, I ended up leaving quite early from Makati and therefore arriving 30 minutes earlier than the meeting time… D would’ve been so proud.
So I arrived at Coffee Empire and the culinary and caffeine extravaganza had yet to start. The service staff were very helpful and accommodating and led me to the upstairs balcony area. My first order was an iced mocha latte. I just thought I would compare it to the Starbucks iced mocha latte which I had earlier on that day. It was definitely different. I actually tasted the mocha and the milk and not just a whole bunch of sweeteners.
Cesar, the resident coffee consultant/connoisseur came and got the dinner rolling.
To start off I got a hot cup of a Sumatra coffee. Full-bodied and a bit citrusy. It was very pleasant and surprisingly easy to drink.
While sipping my coffee I had to ask what “Third Wave Coffee” is. Simply put, third wave coffee is artisan coffee… Brewing coffee as an art form and enjoyed as such. Coffee Empire boasts of having a very wide array of different coffee flavors made from highly graded beans sourced from the best farms in the world, and even some coming from up north in Sagada.
Then came the food.
Coffee Empire is located along West Avenue, Quezon City (almost at the corner of Examiner Street). The building was designed with an earthy/industrial design, with a lot of warm wood panels and finishings, floor-to-ceiling windows. With the welcoming ambience along with the expert staff, Coffee Empire should soon become an easy watering-hole for coffee afficionados and foodies alike.