Popular local café with signature ‘barako’ brewed coffee
80 years of coffee and stories
‘I inherited the shop from my uncle who inherited it from his father’ says Lenlen Sy, owner of the Kapihan coffeeshop. The café opens early in the morning, jeepney and taxi drivers are the first customers, then locals come in for a coffee and a chat. Kapihan also operates a small community general goods store ‘People may change, new coffeeshops may come, but we are here for our loyal customers, the Quiapense neighbourhood still depend on us.’
Locals come here for the ‘barako’ brewed coffee or hot chocolate. They get the native beans from the same Binondo supplier for 30 years. ‘The old-style coffee machine has been with us since 1939 when the old Angkong Jack bought it from a US soldier stationed in Manila. It has been in continuous operation ever since’ she says. Have your cuppa like the locals, with a hopia, hard-boiled egg, maling (meat loaf) or a pan de sal.