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.

Price for Value:

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.

Third Floor, Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City
For inquiries, call (02) 5843745
Date Published: 06/10/2016

Review of Recession Coffee by Digital Walker (Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City)
Price for Value
4.7Overall Score


Health and technology freak. Food and lifestyle blogger with a large appetite for food and travel.

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19 Responses

  1. Heather

    What a fun cafe! I love coffee and those treats they provide look amazing. The name is very clever too.

  2. Dina

    What a cool place! I love that they allow people to pay what they can. I hope they can stay open because that’s such a great concept!

  3. Nancy L

    That is the neatest idea! I had never heard of anything like this before and am very impressed. I’ll bet they actually make more (I know I would pay more to cover the cost of somebody who couldn’t). The iced coffee looks tasty! 🙂

  4. Censie Sawyer

    That brownie looks really interesting. I am sure this is a great place to sit and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and a pastry with friends and family. I love the decor.

  5. Fernando C Lachica

    Very good idea for this coffee shop and it’ll be the place for youngsters. The food looks really delicious. Great place to dine and stay in hours together with friends.

  6. Marge Gavan

    I’ve always wanted to try Recession, I just like the concept of deciding how much you want to pay for your coffee. The only thing that’s stopping me from going there is the fact that Libis is too far from me.

  7. Terinah Doba

    Place looks nice I wonder why it’s just 4/5 😀 But since the price is already 5/5 + an ambiance that looks good on your photos, I’m sure it’s a go-to place for coffee lovers 🙂

  8. Pal Raine

    Cool coffee shop because you can check some gadgets and accessories — a good place for geeky person. It has a unique concept.

  9. Franc Ramon

    I love specialized coffees and I would definitely try this one. By the way, I forgot to invite you to try out Maximus Athletes Shop Cafe in Sparta Complex in Pioneer. They also have a lot of specialized coffee there.

  10. Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking

    What an interesting business concept, I like it! There are so many people who are in difficult financial situations, yet sometimes they just need a little pick me up. When they land that job, or are feeling generous, they can pay a little bit more for their cup of coffee.

  11. Elizabeth O.

    What a fun concept for a coffee shop. I like the fact that they give you a chance to enjoy coffee even if you have a limited budget, that’s so fun. The desserts look great as well, especially that brownie with matcha frosting.

  12. Shub

    Though the name reminds me of recession period, the café seems to be booming…Ambiance, food all looks nice.

  13. Zwitsy

    The concept of the cafe is interesting and I bet a fun to be visited indeed! I haven’t heard such idea not until I bumped here. I just hope they will expand their business nationwide so that we can also give a try of their coffee and the pay-what-you-want idea. hahaha

  14. Tiffany Yong

    I’m not a coffee person, but recently there’s a big coffee exhibition which turn out to be a failure in Singapore. Yours look pretty decent, but the word recession reminded me of people losing their jobs!

  15. mamta balani

    Yummy yummy. Your post made me order brownies now itself. Drinking coffee in such a beautiful cafe makes the experience more awesome. Thanks for making this post.

  16. jared's mum

    I have read a lot of good stuff about this place. This concept is really cool and that matcha looks divine. I should try this cafe out for a quick caffeine fix soon!

  17. Amanda Kee

    Recession Coffee looks like a great place! I think it is so interesting that customers can pay what they want to. Thank you for sharing your review of Recession Coffee with us. I would love to be able to visit sometime.


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