Makati is graced with yet another awesome coffee space! Fundamental Coffee will officially open its doors to the highly caffeinated urbanites and foodies on Monday, September 5th. Yesterday, September 2nd, I got a chance to take a sneak peek of what Fundamental has to offer!
Located in the developing Ayala Park Terraces right across Glorietta 2/Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Fundamental Coffee (which is also stylised as FNDMNTL) offers craft coffee with a more streamlined process. A bit polarising, yes? That’s what I thought at first too! When talking about craft, on the one hand, you would usually expect it to be something personalised. Something subjective that takes longer prep time. No barista pours the same way, right? And with this variation, the taste usually differs each time. On the other hand, scaling the process when it comes to retail coffee production entails a more defined outline of work. This results to a more consistent beverage with less the amount of time in preparation. As far as I know, Fundamental Coffee is first to approach specialty coffee this way.
With high quality coffee equipment (ahem, La Marzocco :D) all around the bar, the marriage of artful pursuit of third wave shops and the standard of efficiency often seen in second wave spots like Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, etc. and specialty will be celebrated by caffeine junkies and foodies alike when Fundamental opens!
The place is very reminiscent of Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) Coffee Bar in Singapore. Upon entering the shop, you will be met by the counter in the middle where you can get a cold brew on dark pharmacy bottles carefully laid in a stack over ice. Packs of freshly-roasted beans are by the glass wall beside the door.
The bar goes around the back of the main counter. On the right side upon entering, a big board of menu which is very much like the flight board status you see in airports. On the opposite end, there are high chairs facing the Park. At the back of the bar, there are screen-like frames above small wall-installed tables for quick grabbers and lone wolves.
I enjoyed sitting at the back of the counter, facing the entrance where you can see MARCO in action – an installed coffee maker which does pour-over method sans the gooseneck kettle.
I got to try three of Fundamental’s coffee – two single origin and an original blend. The first of the single origin coffee I tasted is Colombia – light-bodied and sweet like caramel-filled chocolate. The next (and an instant favorite!) is Konga – tea-like, a bit spicy (?) and has an interesting finish! You gotta try it to get what I mean. 😀 I also got to try their 101 blend which includes Colombia, Brazil and Indonesia. They use it on my flat white which gave it that roasted hazelnut taste profile.
Ordering coffee in Fundamental is very simplified and straightforward. You like it black or with milk? It’s either one or the other. Should you wish to add some chocolate, burnt honey, etc., you may choose from their add-ons and the barista will happily infuse it to your drink.
All in all, Fundamental Coffee is a force of its own – breaking new grounds and still finding creative and interesting ways on providing specialty coffee! I personally love the scaling concept without sacrificing the product quality. It just goes to show how the coffee industry in the country is growing and still has a lot of potential.
But the burning question is… Is this new approach the start of 4th wave? Head on to Fundamental Coffee starting Monday, September 5th and let us know what you think! 🙂
7AM-11PM | open daily
Ayala Park Terraces, Palm Drive