Jumpstart your day with single origin brews and “not so common” meals from the Singapore-based café, now open in Makati.
Those looking for a new coffee and brunch place to visit in Makati ought to drop by Ayala Triangle Gardens and try out Common Man Coffee Roasters. The Singapore-based café concept recently opened their first Manila branch, bringing brews and brunches that residents of the Lion City have loved over the past decade.
As with its stores in Singapore, Common Man Manila has its in-house coffee roaster, where guests can see beans from all over the world get processed before they get brewed into a variety of drinks. But contrary to their name, Common Man employs a lighter roast—as compared to the preferred darker roasts in Singapore and the region—with their beans, allowing fruitier, more floral, and aromatic flavors and notes to flourish in their drinks.
Customers can choose from a selection of single origin brews served espresso or long black-style, or with additions such as milk and honey for a richer and creamier drink. Blends are also available for those who want a more complex cup of coffee. Personally, it pays to try the brews as is—no creamer, sugar, or milk—so that you can taste the different notes of the beans that they have. Moreover, once you add milk into your drink, you can then appreciate how certain bean varieties get elevated with the addition of dairy.
Common Man’s brunch recipes are available all day, pairing well with the flavors of their beverages. There’s the Common Man Full Breakfast, an egg on top of artisanal sourdough bread, served with an assortment of meats and greens; and the Not Your Common Pancakes, which are wheat-based and cooked in iron cast skillet, finished caramelized bananas, a walnut crumble, salted caramel sauce and berry coulis.