Unexpected (Minimalist) Café outside Metro Manila

Bulacan, Philippines

Saturdays are usually days when you just enjoy each minute relaxing and doing nothing. Today was different. For a guy who is normally content just staying at home, I decided to get out and do a ‘roadcation’ with the girlfriend. 🙂

There were two options: one is just to go to hang out and stroll at Bonifacio Global City or two, take the car and drive up north. The second option won.

Amidst the extremely, crazy, horrendous traffic along EDSA, Dai (ze girlfriend) and I decided to cruise to Santa Rita, Bulacan to a quaint, minimalist-themed café called ‘Café +’. I have been there several times with my brother and a good friend and I have only good words to say about the place. I told Dai about my previous experience but I haven’t brought her there yet. So, I guess doing the road trip and making her experience the café was a good plan.

Upon entering the area, you’ll immediately notice the simple signage but what caught our attention was the facade and the interior design. Unlike the humongous areas of Starbucks and CBTL, this shop’s size was just right. We weren’t hungry so we just got drinks. I went for my usual Americano while Dai got her iced tea (Bayani Brew). Both were pretty good in my opinion. 🙂

Directions (by land / car):
From Manila, it took us around 1.5 hours to get to Santa Rita, Bulacan. From the North Luzon Expressway, we took the Santa Rita Exit Toll and drove towards Pulilan, Bulacan. Note, Café + is to your left.

Contact information:

Maharlika Highway, Plaridel, Bulacan

Telephone Number: (044) 325 0279

Operating Hours: 9 A.M. to 10 P.M.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CAFEplusCBD
















The Bitter Club

August 14, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – I had an AWESOME experience last Saturday as I experienced what a play is like…in a coffee shop!!

I wrote about this play several months back but I have not seen it live. Since then, I kept my excitement and occupied myself by supporting the marketing efforts of Acasia, the non-profit organization producing “Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter”. All the preparation boiled down to one night, a special encore presentation for the Media and Bloggers. The wait was worth every minute. Everyone was having fun, got a lot of freebies and was able to interact with the actors. 🙂

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The play started at exactly 7:30pm. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to happen on time but the group was committed to what it promised to the attendees. From scene 1 up to the final act, all 7 actors lived up to their characters. Kudos to Mr. Juan Ekis, the Palanca Award-Winning writer who orchestrated the night.



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Thank you again to all who supported and joined us last Saturday. It’s something for the books and we look forward to seeing everyone in the succeeding runs of KBC! For those who missed out on this play, it will be BEST to experience it first hand. It’s rare you find a play in a cafe, right? :p

Here are the details:

Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter is presented by Third Cup Café and CornWorld.

In cooperation with Enjoy Comfort Concoction, Shop Iya Misa, Crevin Media, EAT Great Food, Infinitea Katipunan, Blushing Cupcakes, Bravo Advertising, Mr. Sherwin Hermogenes and Mr. Arjohn Lascano.

Special thanks to DZXL 558, Seiri Magazine, Wazzup Pilipinas, DZUP 1602, Pieces of Liz, I am Dekaphobe, Kamoterunner, Mix of Everything, Thoughtspresso, San Beda Alabang and The Write Type.

  • Seating Capacity – ONLY 40 SEATS AVAILABLE! (P500/ticket with 1 free drink)
  • Reservations – (Mobile – +63 908 432 8837 ; Email – samahanngmgabitter@gmail.com & artsandcultureasia.ph@gmail.com)
  • Online
    • Facebook, Youtube and Instagram (/SamahanNgMgaBitter)
    • Twitter (@BitterCorp)

Coffee is God’s Gift to Man

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Manila, Philippines

What drink perks you up in the morning, when you’re stressed or in the evening? Some people drink milk or create juices. Others, versus drinking, prepare light meals such as milk, cereals with fruits. On the other hand, most of the world’s population would have the ever-reliable coffee. This writer is proudly a heavy coffee drinker.

I am not really particular to what coffee I am taking. It can be your usual 3-in-1s bought in convenience stores or the handcrafted ones you buy in Cafés. When I get the chance to go out, I try to purchase coffee that I haven’t tasted. The good thing about it is that I learn a lot from every purchase.

From the Net

According to Wikipedia, “Coffee is a brewed beverage prepared from the roasted or baked seeds of several species of an evergreen shrub of the genusCoffea. The two most common sources of coffee beans are the highly regarded Coffea arabica, and the “robusta” form of the hardier Coffea canephora. The latter is resistant to the coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix), but has a more bitter taste. Coffee plants are cultivated in more than 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin AmericaSoutheast Asia, and Africa.”

Health Benefits

  1. Reduces the risk of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Heart Disease, etc.
  2. Prevents Free Radicals, Prostate Cancers and Type 2 Diabetes

Health Risks

  1. Can lead to Iron Deficiency Anemia
  2. Causes Migraines, Anxieties, Arrhythmias and Sleep Disturbances

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Coffee Facts Videos

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeTyXKanY_4
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R0cWUhItsg
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O82oqC1czM



  1. There’s more to coffee!
  2. Coffee should be appreciated!


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Awe Messages

A Master of Basics, Enthusiast of Simplicity, God’s Servant, Sports Fan, MMA Junkie, Coffee Addict and a Proud Filipino.
He studied in Ateneo De Manila and in the University of Santo Tomas. His marketing career began in 2005 and has worked for international creative/ advertising agencies.
He can be sent a personal message anytime via (@AweMessages) Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Gmail


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Being bitter never tasted this good!

May 2, 2914

MANILA, Philippines – After almost a year, one of the country’s top plays is back, Kapeng Barako Club (KBC): Samahan ng mga Bitter. Staged in cafés, KBC is set to please kape lovers once more this June 2014 in well-known coffee shops in Metro Manila. A Special Encore Presentation will be staged for the Media before the June show (Date: TBD).

This Palanca Award-winning play is written and directed by Juan Ekis, who is previously known for his other Palanca winning play “Twenty Questions” which went viral in the internet. The playwright shares with us that he “…just wanted to stage a play with the title Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter. I didn’t know yet what it was going to be about. But I just knew I wanted to write about types of people and the types of coffee they love and how their personalities are reflected in their drinks.”

KBC is the longest-running show presented by Arts and Culture Asia (ACASIA), a non-profit organization aimed at cultivating the crafts of thespians and showcasing their talents across different venues. “ACASIA’s advocacy is to teach artists how to manage their talents wisely and open avenues for them to show it and them being a part of KBC is one of it. Nestled in a natural setting (coffee shops), coffee drinkers get to enjoy a play like this. Think of it as if you’re eavesdropping. It’s actually fun!” says ACASIA’s Managing Director and one of KBC’s lead actors, Ms. Daianne Moreno.

KBC unfolds the story of a group of coffee-loving friends who don’t believe in love but in reality, each one is dying to experience being loved.

Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter is presented by CornWorld. Special thanks to Shop Iya Misa, Shell, Style Source Manila and our media partners WhenInManila.com, DZUP 1602 and DZXL 558.

Other details:
• Seating Capacity – 40 LIMITED MEDIA SEATS AVAILABLE! (P500/ticket)
• Reservations – (Email – samahanngmgabitter@gmail.com)
• Online
o Facebook, Youtube and Instagram (/SamahanNgMgaBitter)
o Twitter (@BitterCorp)

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