The Curator Coffee & Cocktails is the first third wave coffee shop I’ve ever been into. They have actually inspired me to start my specialty coffee journey.
Part of the adventure of coffee crawling is finding where the coffee shop is located. You wouldn’t usually see them in the busiest streets. They wouldn’t welcome you with huge signs or billboards. But they are surely nearby. Probably two or three blocks away from the center.
With The Curator, they are in the vicinity of Makati’s central business district. But perfectly hidden in plain sight. Located in the corner of Legazpi and Palanca Streets, you need to go inside Cyrano Wine Shop. There’s just one illustration board showing the chalk-written name of this place and its working hours.
The Curator serves specialty coffee from 7AM-7PM everyday (including Saturdays and Sundays) and turns into a craft cocktail bar from 6:30PM-2AM (from Monday-Saturday only).
I’m pretty sure you won’t notice it if you’re not really seeking for it. That’s the magic of this place! People who come in are usually the targeted market. You have to make an effort in finding the place. But no worries, they’d pay you off with a great experience.
Here are my personal favorites:
Winds of Winter
From what I heard, this is a tribute for the unpublished sixth book of A Song of Ice and Fire (or more popularly known as Game of Thrones!) with the same title. It’s a blend of coffee beans from different origins – Ethiopia, Panama and Guatemala.
It is a medium-bodied drink with a little hint of citrus at first sip and a chocolate-y finish. It has a crisp flavor and leaves no unpleasant after-taste. Two thumbs up for this drink!
Dark Matter Theory
From the name itself, this one is for those who likes their coffee very black. It has a pleasant bitter taste and very well complemented by its level of acidity.
This is perfectly paired with a Skinny Monkey (a peanut butter and oatmeal muffin) or a blueberry cookie.
A very sophisticated drink for sure! This one is a definite must-try when you visit The Curator. Coffee base is Dark Matter Theory mixed with coco syrup and milk and topped with three little kisses. That foam is just perfect!
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I got a chance to learn more about specialty coffee from their awesome baristas! Shout out to Mykah and Wilmer for a very fun and informative discussion.
I also got to try to do my first latte art which is very bad. 😀
Drop by The Curator Coffee & Cocktails to earn a new level of coffee experience! Do not hesitate on asking the baristas about coffee! They sure have a lot to tell. You’ll enjoy it!
The Curator Coffee & Cocktails
U/G, Legazpi Parkview Condominium
134 Legazpi Street corner C. Palanca Street
Legazpi Village, Makati City
Contact No: 0916 355 4129