There’s a new name and place for coffee addiction here in Mega Manila and it’s DIPDENZA COFFEE!
Well actually DIPDENZA is a play on the Latin word “Dipendenza” that literally means addiction most commonly attributed to coffee lovers and drinkers.
Owner Atty. Angeli Albaña started a branch of DIPDENZA COFFEE here in the Philippines earlier this year while a partner also opened another branch in Saudi Arabia. So, there are only two shops of Dipdenza in the world right now but Atty. Albaña said that they hope to expand operations in other countries as well as add more shops here in the Philippines as soon as they can be sure that quality and service will not be sacrificed when they do.
DIPDENZA COFFEE is located at the The Fort Strip, along the very busy 28th Street of Bonifacio Global City.
I was there last Saturday to meet some old friends and also to check out the place, their ‘talk-of-the-town’ dishes and of course – COFFEE! The place is your average typical cozy coffee shop right in the middle of The Fort Strip and beside URBN – a perfect place to tone down after a hard night of partying in BGC.
Atty. Albaña with her very experienced staff and baristas gave me and some blogger friends a first-hand foodie tour to some of their best sellers which includes gourmet sandwiches, pastas, cakes and drinks.
Dipdenza Gourmet Sandwiches
My favorite pair is the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich and super Creamy Chicken Carbonara!
For dessert, Atty. Albaña wanted us to taste their Molten Lava Chocolate Cake and the crowd favorite (and mine too) Premium Peanut Butter Frappe!
What is truly interesting about DIPDENZA COFFEE aside from the cozy interiors and their awesome menu is their commitment to bring the best of second-wave and third-wave coffee blends here in the Philippines. What this means is that they’re serving the usual and more popular coffee blends as well as some unique specialized mixes from around the globe.
I am really not an expert when it comes to coffee blends but I do know that there are many different types of coffee beans out there that determines the intensity in flavor and aroma of a coffee drink. For example in DIPDENZA COFFEE, they have the creamy Brazil Fazenda Dutra, with notes of caramel sweetness and hints of milk chocolate, punctuated by a taste of vanilla at the end; the “Bourbon”-like Guatemala Fancy Antigua Santo Domingo, which features fascinating hints of lemon and lemon peel; the tea-like Ethiopian Sidamo, with herbal aromatics and the flavors of jackfruit and lemon juice; and the delightful Kenya Aa Asali, with its enticing cocoa and blackcurrant fragrance, strong cocoa flavors, subtle winey and fruity characters, and vanilla and caramel finish, among many other varieties.
Here’s a Dipdenza fresh blend made from Indonesian bean:
For those who prefer to take their caffeine straight-up, Dipdenza also serves Espresso – either as a pure shot, con panna (with cream), or macchiato (with milk).
DIPDENZA COFFEE baristas demonstrated how to make a coffee blend using some freshly grounded beans from their stock.
“We use three different kinds of blends that are of Grade 1 quality, which means that these are the best of the best coffee farmed all around the world. All our baristas underwent specialty training and are experts in what they do. They’ll be able to give you recommendations based on your taste.” Atty. Albaña said.
For non-coffee drinkers, DIPDENZA COFFEE also offer other frappe flavors like Cookies ‘n Cream, Mocha Raspberry, and Chai Latte. They also have the creamy but bold Green Matcha and a wide selection of smoothies and chillers.
DIPDENZA COFFEE MENU:
All Dipdenza drinks come in three sizes – Piccolo, Medio and Enorme. The current price range is from 100 to 180 pesos per drink depending on the size and flavors. VERY AFFORDABLE.
If I am to give you my recommendation on what one item on the DIPDENZA COFFEE menu to try on your first visit – I suggest that you go for their PREMIUM PEANUT BUTTER FRAPPE!
Oh and Atty. Albana also said that Dipdenza customizes drinks for their customers – so you go ahead and suggest whatever it is that you have in mind to the baristas no matter how crazy you think it is. And if they can’t make one right away they’ll be sure to work out something when you get back.
As for me, I’d come back for their awesome restroom anytime. 🙂
Dipdenza Coffee is located at The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, and is open from 8am-12mn on Sunday to Monday, and 8am-2am on Fridays and Satrurdays. Visit their website at www.dipdenzacoffee.com and follow Dipdenza’s social media accounts on Facebook (Dipdenza) and Twitter (@DipdenzaCoffee). For inquiries, call 834-6420.
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