Andi Dela Torre - ANDLTORRE.COM
This Korean Cafe in Quezon City is a Must-Visit
Calling all my fellow coffee lovers! This cozy hangout spot in Quezon City is a must-visit.
It’s called Hisbeans, a Korean cafe committed to serving great beverages to its customers. From what I’ve learned, the first branch was opened at Handong University in 2009. Since then, they’ve expanded to 20 locations in the same region, and now, they’re in the Philippines.
Location: 116 Timog Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila (near GMA and Victoria Arts & Theater Tower).
It was a nice Monday afternoon when we discovered Hisbeans. Bet, Enzo, and I just finished having lunch and felt like getting coffee for an extra boost. We looked for nearby spots, and luckily, we chanced upon this precious gem in Timog, so we decided to try it out.
Keep reading to know how our experience went. Cousins' Day Out with my Sis Betina & Cous Enzo 𝘗𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘔𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘰 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘭𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘵 𝘓𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭 3. 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘣𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘮𝘶𝘮 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘱𝘢𝘺 𝘢 𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘵.
The Vibe | What to expect?
I’m sure you can already tell how nice the place is, just by looking at the photos. It has this tropical/industrial feel to it which creates the perfect vibe for relaxing or working. There’s plenty of space to move around as well, and the furniture is comfortable; no unsteady tables or chairs.
The Menu | What can you order?
Hisbeans offers hot and cold drinks, all available in one size. My sister ordered Dark Chocochip Hisbeanccino, Enzo went for a hot Americano, while I ended up having two drinks; one Americano and one Vanilla Latte.
We also tried their Burnt Basque Cheesecake, which was yummy.
The Service | Are they helpful?
Their customer service is without a doubt, excellent. I think it was around 2PM when we arrived there, and at that time, we were the only customers. They were very attentive; after getting our drinks and sitting down, the staff turned on the accent lights, played Korean music, checked if the air sanitizer was working, and checked on us if we needed anything.
They also go the extra mile. When Enzo realized that his coffee was spilling, he requested one of the baristas to transfer his drink to a new mug, but to our surprise, he came back with a new order of his Americano instead. Thoughtful gesture.
The Baristas | Who’s preparing your coffee?
The best part about visiting this cafe is knowing that their baristas and coffee specialists are talented Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). They’ll be the ones to prepare your premium cuppa when you visit. They’re friendly, accommodating, and they make delicious coffee! Love how they’re also game with taking photos.
It’s worth mentioning that they have a well-maintained restroom. I’m talking about clean walls, mopped floors, and a tidy sink with good water pressure. These simple things made our dining experience even better.
Of course, it’s truly admirable that this enterprise promotes equal opportunities in employment by hiring PWDs, and having faith in their capacity. That in itself is very inspiring.
The Verdict | Are you coming back?
Yes definitely! We enjoyed ourselves and were able to do a lot of catching up. The coffee was also worth the price, as well as the ambiance and the service.
It’s a guarded establishment with parking spaces at the front;
Wi-Fi and electrical outlets aren’t available for use yet;
You’ll need to present your vaccination card to dine in;
They offer barista classes in which you can get a Barista Grade 2 Certificate from Korea Coffee Association;
They also offer specialized barista classes for PWDs who’d like to improve their knowledge and expertise with coffee;
For payments, they accept cash and GCash.
That would be all for today, catch you on the next post!