June 28, 2012

Kuppa Roastery & Cafe- Fort Bonifacio

Kuppa Roastery & Cafe in Fort Bonifacio is a fairly new cafe in the Metro but it has long been making a name in Bacolod City where it originated. 

Taking pride in the fact that it came from a family that knows coffee, Kuppa is also the first cafe to introduce in-house coffee roasting in the Philippines.

My initial impression about Kuppa was another cafe which serves coffee and the usual food selections in majority of coffee shops in the Philippines. 

And truly, first impressions don't last as the moment I stepped into Kuppa, I was completely awed by the spacious and brightly lit room that doesn't look like the "usual" coffee shops around at all. 

Discussing further the history of Kuppa was Ms. Karen Lo-Tsai, the first and only professional cupper and certified Q grader in the Philippines. Mr. Kevin Lo on the other hand, demonstrated the whole process of coffee roasting using their Probat coffee roaster.  Talk about a family that really knows coffee so well! 

Moving on with Kuppa's food selections and menu offerings, first served were their tasty and warm sandwiches.

Prosciutto and Pumpkin Sandwich (P265)

Thin slices of prosciutto and honey roasted pumpkin with pesto sauce, sandwiched between fresh and warm ciabatta bread that was toasted to perfection. This is one of my favorite sandwiches from Kuppa. The sweetness from the pumpkin slices and the saltiness from the prosciutto made a great combination and balance of flavors.

Ham & Jam Sandwich (P265)

Another great combination of sweet and salty flavors is Kuppa's Ham & Jam sandwich that is made up of smoked ham, brie and raspberry jam. Although I prefer the previous sandwich over this one, I still dig this sandwich cause the brie and jam blended perfectly well. 

Insalata Kuppa (P240)

A bed of organic salad greens and arugula topped with walnuts, grapes and bits of bleu cheese drizzled with reduced balsamic dressing. The salad was light yet the toppings packed this dish with a nutty, earthy, sweet and tangy fusion of flavors.

Margherita Pizza (P280)

A classic Italian pizza that is an epitome of simplicity at its best. Topped with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, this pizza may not have much toppings on it but it has one of the freshest tastes and flavors as their basil leaves are freshly picked just outside of Kuppa.

Cristina Pizza (P360)

Cristina pizza is one specialty of the Chef which is named after his wife. A signature pizza that is topped with mozzarella, balsamic, Gorgonzola, figs, grapes and everything nice. I never knew grapes and figs would actually make successful pizza toppings.

Frutti Di Mare Pasta (P240)

Upon ordering Kuppa's Frutti Di Mare Pasta, you will be asked to choose among 3 different pasta sauces- tomato, cream or oil. 

We got to try the oil and cream-based pasta which I found the latter more suitable for my taste. I personally prefer cream-based pasta so it was definitely my pick among the two.

Other than the sauce, both pasta had generous serving of seafoods such as clams, squid, salmon chunks, shrimp and fish and scallops. 

Salmon with Cream Sauce

The pan-seared salmon fillet with creamy spinach sauce is another light yet filling meal. A big slab of salmon cooked perfectly to give a flaky and tender texture to the fish. It is also served with a side of spinach that complements the whole dish.

Salpicao (P395)

Kuppa's Salpicao is basically beef tenderloin with mushrooms sauteed in extra virgin olive oil and garlic. This Filipino-favorite dish is something to try out 'cause of its tender and succulent cubes of beef. 

Crispy Pata (P580) 

As much as I want to stay away from fatty dishes, I gave into Kuppa's Crispy Pata easily. Why not? As this dish was served at our table, a savory aroma filled the air. Who would resist this crunchy, chunky, tender and juicy fried crispy pata that also comes with 3 different sauces- liver sauce, classic soy and chili sauce and apple chutney sauce. Sinfully delicious indeed! 

Lamb Caldereta (P580)

Kuppa's take on the classic Spanish caldereta. I love how this dish wasn't gamey at all. Texture was tender with some potato marbles and olives as perfect complements to the dish. 

After our lunch feast, we were served with Kuppa's Signature Teas. 

Gyokuro- Japan's finest tea that has a smooth sweet taste.

Casablanca Mint- Green tea, peppermint and lemongrass.

Jasmine Dragon Pearl- High-grade tea rolled into balls, scented with jasmine flowers.

My personal favorite is the Casablanca Mint. It was a perfect palate cleanser and a cool refreshing cup of tea. 

And now, for the best part.. Coffee & Desserts.

Apple Tart (P115)

The crunchy tart with baked apples filled to a heaping was a great match with the Hineleban Brewed Coffee to express "Bitter-Sweet" pairing. 

Matt's Chocolate Cake (P130)

Kuppa's take on the popular molten lava cake is Matt's Chocolate Cake oozing with warm chocolate decadence and drizzled with strawberry coulis. The cake itself was moist and chewy with the rich bittersweet taste from the lava of chocolate-y goodness. 

Strawberry Kiss (P130) and Ben's Cappuccino (P80)

If you want something light for dessert, then Strawberry Kiss is for you. It is a layer of soft chiffon cake, fresh strawberries and light cream that was not overly sweet and perfect to go along with a cup of Ben's Cappuccino

Kuppa Roastery & Cafe is truly not just an ordinary coffee shop in the Metro. It is a place not only for friends' hang-out but also a place for the whole family. With various selections of meals and coffee made by a family of coffee masters, Kuppa is definitely a place worth visiting again and again. 

Kuppa Roastery & Cafe
CommerCenter Bldg. 31st St., 
cor. 4th Ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Tel Num: 623-5120