Located at the third floor of Eastwood Mall, Recession Coffee shares the same space as Digital Walker. It’s a chic cafe where you can savor coffee and sweet treats by Chef Miko Aspiras. The fun part is that customers can pay whatever amount for coffee. The business concept of Recession Coffee sounds so interesting. It’s like giving a bunch of donations to a cool establishment in exchange for a great time! Take note, it’s not the three-in-one kind of instant coffee but coffee ground from beans. So, how much would you pay for your coffee? 🙂 One day we found ourselves itching for a dose of caffeine and decided to check this place out.
Review of Recession Coffee by Digital Walker (Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City)
While I have encountered a number of coffee shops that reside in a bookstore or in a library, it was my first time to come across one that’s inside a retail store offering an extensive selection of accessories for computer laptops, mobile phones and PDAs. The ambiance looks invigorating with bright lighting and warm tones. There’s communal seating and also private tables and chairs where guests can enjoy a good chat between sips of coffee. It’s nice that there are also electric outlets for customers to charge gadgets and mobile devices.
Service is okay. Staff acts reasonably fast and sharp. The cashier asks for the price you’re willing to pay for the cup of joe and that’s it. If you feel that coffee is more like a treat than an everyday necessity, go splurge all you want. Else, if you’re living on a prayer or haven’t gotten a job yet, as Recession Coffee puts it, giving a measly price is acceptable as well. No judgement here. 😛 Customers’ names are called as the order is made ready for pick-up at the counter.
The Black Sesame Brownie Matcha Frosting (PhP 85) took our attention because we’re such fans of matcha. 🙂 It’s a great choice and we didn’t regret even a bit for getting it. It’s brownie with a perfectly crunch crust at the top and bold matcha flavor within. Yum!
Recession Coffee offers both hot and iced coffee in Black (Espresso, Americano, Long Black), White (Cafe Latte, Cappuccino, Flat White), and Brewed. The menu isn’t as extensive as other coffee joints, but it’s enough to bring joy to your day. My friends ordered cafe latte as recommended by the staff. I got the cappuccino, a lovely concoction that was presented as a marriage of coffee, milk, and froth where no one element overwhelmed the others.
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Per dictionary.com, recession means a period of an economic contraction. Naming the pay-what-you-want cafe as Recession Coffee makes so much sense for those who are personally in recession mode, savings-wise. Those who are generous are welcome to spend more. Quality of coffee was not compromised even when we paid a small price. (Don’t ask me how much! :P) We will surely be back for more of their pastries and drinks.