My first taste of coffee at Bag of Beans Coffee Shop & Bakery was in one of their coffee shops Metro Manila back during my college days. I’ve always loved a bold cup of coffee, and their coffee really hit the spot. But many of my friends who have visited that short-lived coffee shop told me that nothing still beats the coffee shop in Tagaytay.
When my brother suggested to get a cup of coffee after spending an afternoon at the Picnic Grove, he suggested that we try out the Bag of Beans coffee shop in Tagaytay. It was then that I remembered the comments that my friends said a long time ago, and I figured that this was the time that I finally check out what they meant.
Snack Time at Bag of Beans Coffee Shop in Tagaytay
Finding the original Bag of Beans coffee shop can be quite a challenge since there are now two Bag of Beans coffee shops in Tagaytay. The one located along the Junction Roundabout in Tagaytay is one of their newer coffee shops. The original one is still about a five minute drive from the Junction, right across the Swiss Chalet Apartments. You can view a map going to the coffee shop by clicking here.
Bold Coffee & Delicious Pies
Just like that short-lived coffee shop in Metro Manila I used to frequent, Bag of Beans Tagaytay has a wide selection of hot and cold coffee drinks and signature pies. They also serve an array of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner at any time of the day. My brother chose to order their steak and gravy pie while I chose their apple pie. Of course, being coffee lovers, we both ordered their house blend brewed coffee.
As expected, their coffee had a rich bold flavor that my brother and I really love. The steak and gravy pie reminded me of those meat pies that we used to have during our younger years in Sydney for snack. The apple pie didn’t have the iconic woven pie crust on top like you see in most cookbooks, but it was light and not too sweet. The apples inside still had a bite to them, which is just the way that I like it.
A Coffee Shop with a Garden
In terms of the quality of the food and coffee here, it was the same as the other Bag of Beans coffee shops in Metro Manila. What made all the difference was the setting of the dining area.
Instead of those usual lounge areas you’d find in most coffee shops, you’re transported into this large garden setting complete with wooden and wrought iron tables and chairs, towering trees, orchids and lots of other flowering plants. On either side of the garden are small wooden huts with windows made of capiz and decorated with curtains, cushioned benches and throw pillows. There are also cages filled with different kinds of birds located in the center of the dining area. We even managed to see a couple of large butterflies that decided to just drop by and take a sip of the nectar from the flowers here–something that I’ve never experienced in the Bag of Beans coffee shops I’ve tried in Manila.
While enjoying our afternoon snack, we were momentarily entertained by a group of children from a local orphanage who did a couple of song and dance number. Another treat not usually seen in their other coffee shops.
The quality of the food and the level of service given by the staff is but a part of a person’s dining experience. What completes the dining experience is the setting. That’s what I discovered to be the missing link in the other Bag of Beans coffee shops. They have the same quality of food, coffee and service. But it’s only in the original branch where you’re able to dine in such a romantic setting. It’s no wonder why despite the many Bag of Beans coffee shops in Metro Manila, people still flock to the original Bag of Beans coffee shop in Tagaytay.
Contact Information of Bag of Beans Coffee Shop & Bakery Tagaytay
Bag of Beans Coffee Shop & Bakery Tagaytay is located at 115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West, Tagaytay City, Philippines. You can call them at the following numbers:
- +63 922 873 9686
- +63 920 954 6370
- +63 46 413 4356
- +63 46 413 2724
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