A unique brew of art and coffee in Adriatico Street in Malate

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By Nikka Garriga

MANILA CITY, METRO MANILA–The streets of Malate has been known as the go-to place for art and music enthusiasts especially during the 1980s.

One of the most popular over the years is the Penguin Café Gallery located in Adriatico Street.

This place is said to have greatly defined the “freedom of expression” even during the later years of the dictatorial regime and brought the artistic and/or bohemian vibe to the neighborhood.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) is the latest to immerse in this artistic quarter as it recently launched its newest branch in Adriatico.

The ambient scent of freshly-brewed coffee and plush seats at every nook has often been a trademark of this popular coffee chain.

But what makes this particular branch unique is the glasshouse found just beside the two-storey shop and was an add-on to the property when it was acquired.

According to Cecil Castigador, CBTL’s Communications Manager, they decided to refurbish and incorporate it as part of their goal to bring in a different experience with every CBTL branch.

“We always want to be part of the community wherever our branch may be located. Here in Adriatico, we want to recreate that local artist’s hub to which the locals and its patriots can relate to,” she added.

The glasshouse offers a unique coffee experience indeed where one can enjoy a cup coffee and conversations with companions in a more intimate, quiet atmosphere.

CBTL hosted an art-themed gallery during its formal launch featuring simultaneous exhibits and discussions with art mavericks Cesare and Jean Syjuco and digital illustration prodigy Dan Matutina.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Adriatico is located at 1770 M Adriatico Street in Malate just across Station 168 Internet Café.

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