UCC or Ueshima Coffee Company was established by Tadao Ueshima in Kobe, Japan way back in 1933. Having lived in Osaka, Japan which is just a stone throw away from Kobe for 4 years, their coffee is not new to me. Their products were everywhere in Japan; supermarkets, convenience store, and in vending machines too, there was always UCC coffee for your caffeine fix. So when I saw the newly opened UCC Clockwork in Mabolo, Cebu, I could not help it but to pay a visit.
This UCC Clockwork is its first Clockwork café in the city. Though there is a UCC Café Terrace in Ayala Mall, it has a different concept from this one. UCC offers 4 different concept stores: Café Terrace, Vienna Café, Park Café and the new concept Clockwork. Thanks to that wealthy businessman who decided to franchise UCC and brought it to the Philippines, now we can conveniently enjoy third wave coffee in the country. There is no need to take a plane to experience Japan’s high-end coffee as it is just a jeepney ride away if you are living in Cebu. For those not living in the Queen City of the South, UCC has a couple of branches all over the country.
It was very nostalgic when I entered the cafe because the staffs shouted “Irashaimase!”, which is a very Japanese way to welcoming its patrons. It made me remember of my days in Japan. By the way, “irashaimase” means “welcome”. In addition, when I was seated, an energetic staff brought in the menu directly along with a tray of silverwares and coffee condiments. Very Japanese!
Take time in choosing your order as they have an extensive menu with a wide variety of food and beverages to choose from. So just take your time. In my case though, before I enter this cafe, I already set my mind to having their specialty “UCC Coffee” (Php200) brewed in Siphon and their single origin “Pour Over Coffee”.
Aside from those, UCC will let you experience coffees from the different part of the world, such as coffee from Germany (Eiskaffee Php250), France (Cafe Au Lait Php150), Portugal (Mazagran Php180), Greece (Frappe Php180), Hong kong (Yuan Yuang Php160), Italy (Marocchino Php140) and Vietnam style coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da Php150). I highly recommend the iced Cafe Au Lait and Yuan Yuang coffee. UCC also serves Kori Kohi (Php230), it’s a cold brew iced coffee cubes serve with warm milk and sugar syrup. And, what I missed trying on my visit was their Nitro Draft Coffee (Php200), a cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen. Isn’t it interesting? I wonder how does it taste though. For those customers who’s not into caffeine, worry no more as they also have smoothies, sodas, and other non-caffeine content beverages.
What I have here was their “Sumiyaki Coffee”.
This coffee has a low acidity and is light bodied with a toasted cacao aroma and nutty flavor notes.
I am a home-brewer and I brew my own coffee everyday but using a “Pour-Over” method. It is a method of brewing coffee by pouring water from the top allowing it to drip into your cup. However, Siphon is the other way around, you start pouring your water at the lower chamber and allowing it to go all the way up to its upper chamber with the help of a small amount of heat. It’s science!
Aside from the siphon, I also tried their pour over coffee for my second cup.
Using the pour-over method, I had the Single Origin Coffee from Brazil this time. This coffee is a semi-washed processed grown in an elevation of 1,000 – 1,200 meter with flavor notes of nutty and toasted chocolate. It’s a light bodied coffee, contradictory to what is stated on its coffee card. (Feeling coffee expert…)
To fuel my stomach, I ordered their
Clockwork Monte Cristo (P 338), fried ham and cheese sandwich
To fuel my stomach I ordered their Monte Cristo Sandwich. I love how it was made, crispy on the outside and the American cheese inside was melted in perfection. It was so filling. I already had dinner before coming here so I had the other half to go.
All in all, I am giving this shop 3.5 stars out of five because some of their staffs are not so polite and were forgetful regarding my orders on my first visit. First, I waited for more or less 15 minutes for my pour-over coffee because they have forgotten so and next was when I was asking my bill, It took them ages to bring my change back though the cafe was not really full that night. Well, this shop has just opened last September 12 of this year, thus I can understand for their lapses and hoping that it soon improve.
Below are the other food and drinks that I ordered on my second visit.
Threesome Breakfast (P448)
Kori Kohi (P230) and Cafe Latte (P170)
How to get to UCC Clockwork:
UCC Clockwork is conveniently located at Bonifacio District in F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo accessible via jeepneys and with spacious parking area. Store hours is from 7:00am and closes at midnight.
All thoughts and opinions sited in this blog are of my own and all the items bought are from my own wallet and is not sponsored.