Top 10 Specialty Coffee Shops in Cebu City

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No. 1 – Tightrope Coffee

Tightrope showcases an act that’s hard to follow, possibly for years.

Tightrope Coffee
Figure 1 Photo credit: Tightrope Coffee Facebook – cafe layout and beautiful design

Some things are worth the wait. Most of the coffee professionals and fans in Cebu would relate that phrase to Tightrope more than any other shop to open in the City.Tightrope Coffee’s layout and design were made to provide you with the most enjoyable coffee experience while aiming to tickle as many senses as possible.
Coffee equipment used is top notch, and the drinks they create through that equipment is competition-level while made for the everyday customer. Sourcing some of the most expensive roasted coffees by La Cabra Roasters in Denmark and Yardstick Coffee in Manila, Tightrope places itself years ahead of any competition.

  • Pros: World class customer experience.
  • Cons: Small space with limited seating and can fill up easily when busy.
  • Price Range: $$$
  • Website: www.facebook.com/tightropecoffee/
  • Phone: +63 32 346 9617
  • Address: Pres. M. Quezon St Cebu City 6000

No. 2 – Linear Coffee Roasters

Specialty Coffee Roasters and Cebu pioneers

Linear Coffee Roasters
Figure 2 Photo credit: Linear Coffee Roasters – Kenya single origin pour over V60

As innovators of the specialty coffee movement in Cebu, Linear Coffee Roasters still does not disappoint. They moved to Big Hotel to get the much-needed space for their roastery and green coffee stocks, but they still serve the highest level of coffee in the Cebu metro area. They supply coffee to many businesses and café – some even on this list!
Other than small cafes, Linear supplies coffee to barbershops, car washes, spas, and showrooms. Look for their clients to expand in Cebu and other parts of Cebu. All Linear clients receive their own espresso blend to differentiate between cafes. No two clients of Linear Coffee have the same espresso blend.

  • Pros:They source, roast and serve imported and local high-quality coffee.
  • Cons: Being in Mandaue, many have found it far from their original location near Ayala.
  • Price Range: $
  • Website:www.linearcoffee.com
  • Phone: +63 917 156 1901
  • Address: Big Hotel, Parkmall Dr., Mandaue City, Cebu 6014

No. 3 – Yolk Coffee and Breakfast

The First cafe in Cebu to promote Specialty Coffee!

Yolk Coffee and Breakfast
Figure 3 Photo credit: Yolk Facebook – breakfast bowl and coffee

Yolk was the first legitimate specialty coffee cafe to open in Cebu, circa 2015. Yolk prides itself on bringing a Singaporean fusion twist to local Cebu breakfast dishes. They wanted to expand the specialty coffee scene by being the first café to source specialty coffee on a consistent basis. Originally, they sourced coffee from Dutch Colony in Singapore, but now they’re one of Linear Coffee Roaster’s biggest clients. They are the pioneer café of specialty coffee in Cebu!

  • Pros: Amazing breakfast food to pair with specialty coffee options
  • Cons: Small space with limited seating and can fill up easily when busy (Mabolo branch), For their IT Park location – food can take a longer than expected.
  • Price Range: $$
  • Website: www.facebook.com/yolkcafeph
  • Phone: +63 32 231 0411
  • Address: 80 Tres Borces, Mabolo, Cebu City 6000
  • Address 2: W. Geonzon Street, IT Park, Cebu City 6000

No. 4 – 32 Umber

A hidden gem of a coffee shop in plain sight.

32 Umber
Figure 4 Photo credit: 32 Umber Facebook – V60 pour over presentation

32 Umber has been around for a while and continues to source outside specialty coffee roasters for their V60 pour over and AeroPress choices. Conveniently located near Ayala Center Cebu, 32 Umber has the coffee you need, paired with great tasty sweets. It’s always a stop for many coffee crawling visitors. Inside and outside, everything is Instagrammable: the coffee, the treats and the space itself.

  • Pros: Rotating supply of international specialty coffee roasters.
  • Cons: Small space, sometimes hot as it’s all glass, limited parking for big groups.
  • Price Range: $$
  • Website:www.instagram.com/32umber
  • Phone: +63 943 829 3569
  • Address: The Forum, Archbishop Reyes Ave, Cebu City 6000

No. 5 – Bottega Gallery

A hidden gem that’s actually hidden and sometimes hard to find.

Bottega Gallery
Figure 5 Photo credit: Bottega Gallery Facebook – classic jam and
cream cheese sandwich with Americano and Iced Latte.

Formerly named Melt Brothers in the local food market, the Bottega Gallery owners decided to create their own space for work, food and drinks. Only after Linear Coffee Roasters moved out from next door, have they decided to start serving specialty coffee. They realized that with Linear Coffee gone, they had a void to fill with hopeful customers looking to get the same quality coffee. Though they specialize in grilled cheese sandwiches and tortilla pizzas, Bottega has started to sell the famous, best-selling White Brew bottles from Linear Coffee Roasters. They’ve also started to make single origin espresso-based drinks, French press and V60 pour overs – keeping the specialty coffee customers more than satisfied at 18 C. Rosal St.

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  • Pros: Great ambiance and offerings with low prices.
  • Cons: Small space and hard to find for first-timers.
  • Price: $
  • Website: www.facebook.com/bottega.gallerycafe/
  • Phone: n/a
  • Address: 18 C. Rosal Street corner of Molave St., Cebu City 6000

No. 6 – Fujinoya

Coffee from around the world that pairs best with their Japanese cheesecakes.

Fujinoya
Figure 6 Photo credit: Fujinoya cake and coffee

Fujinoya was originally known for their cakes and, luckily for readers of this list, the owner happens to be a big fan of specialty coffee. Fujinoya has a constant stock of Commonman Coffee Roasters’ beans (from Singapore) for sale, on both filter and espresso roasts, while also in their espresso grinder. A worldwide selection of specialty coffee roasters’ beans is waiting for you. Enjoy a cup of pure deliciousness via V60 pour over and you’ll be a fan of Fujinoya as well.

  • Pros: Great specialty coffee bean selections from around the world.
  • Cons: Volume is not very high, so many amazing coffees don’t get used at their peak flavor.
  • Price: $$
  • Website:www.facebook.com/fujinoyacafe/
  • Phone: +63 32 888 6075
  • Address: Gothong Design Center, Wilson St., Lahug Lahug, Cebu City 6000

No. 7 – Treat Street

The best coffee in Ayala Center Cebu amongst all the competition.

Treat Street
Figure 7 Photo credit: Banisa East – Treat Street cake and hot coffee latte

Treat Street’s small booth has gained a loyal following with just a limited number of tables and chairs surrounding their display. It’s located on the 2nd floor of Ayala Center Cebu, near the Rustan’s entrance. More known for their amazing cakes, Treat Street gains legitimacy in the local coffee game by sourcing beans from Toby’s Estate. Typically, they only offer espresso roast coffee and use high quality fresh whole milk, giving you more reasons to order Flat Whites or Lattes to pair with their addicting cakes.

  • Pros: Amazing milk-based espresso drinks to pair with their cakes.
  • Cons: Small space with limited seating and can fill up easily when busy.
  • Price: $$$
  • Website:www.facebook.com/pages/Treat-Street-Cafe/1457357441155782
  • Phone: +63 977 206 3725
  • Address: 2/F, Phase 2B, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City 6000

No. 8 – The Daily Grind

The little cafe that serves a hostel and co-working space at the same time.

The Daily Grind
Figure 8 Photo credit: The Daily Grind Facebook – Outdoor seating and ambiance

One of the newest spaces to join the coffee community in Cebu is The Daily Grind café, which is part of the Murals Hostel & Co-working Space experience. As another Linear Coffee client, they’re preparing specialty coffee to a crowd that appreciates the quality while not expecting it either. It’s a wonderful surprise for a first-time visitor to choose between espresso, V60 pour overs or the White Brew bottles. A bonus for this place that they serve breakfast all day, coffee all day and drinks at night – from 6 am to midnight you can expect plenty of fun here.

  • Pros: Affordable prices with extra workspace in the back.
  • Cons: Sometimes a bit too cramped as it can get crowded fast!
  • Price: $
  • Website:www.facebook.com/TDGcebu
  • Phone: +63 942 966 7343
  • Address:President Roxas St., Mabolo, Cebu City 6000

No. 9 – Drip and Draft

Specialty Coffee and Craft Beer in one convenient visit.

Drip and Draft
Figure 9 Photo credit: Drip and Draft Facebook – barista pouring Kalita Wave pour over

Tucked away in the small, unassuming hallway of the Streetscape arcade in Banilad, Drip and Draft lives up to its name in many ways. They source specialty coffee beans from overseas and locally through a Manila distributor. Boasting a 1.5 kg Proaster machine, they also roast their own coffee and have the standard coffee set up with espresso and pour over options. One may question their dedication to coffee as they also make way to prioritize their craft beer tap options, hence the name “Drip and Draft.”

  • Pros: High-end customer experience from offerings to their ambiance.
  • Cons: Some things can get expensive, limited paid parking is inconvenient too.
  • Price: $$$
  • Website:www.dripanddraft.com
  • Phone: +63 917 326 8188
  • Address: Streetscape, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City 6000

No. 10 – The Good Cup Coffee Company

The new kids with big ambitions to serve, supply and teach coffee.

The Good Cup Coffee Company
Figure 10 Photo credit: TGCC Facebook – Coffee bar & customers facing the entrance

The newest coffee operation to help grow the specialty coffee scene in Cebu is The Good Cup Coffee Company (TGCC). Strategically situated near Velez Medical College on Ramos St. in the City, TGCC earns through the café, their roastery, and their coffee academy. As one of the few who roast their own coffee and supply other cafes, the potential for their future is exciting. TGCC can be anywhere on this list in a year’s time.

  • Pros: Nice and pleasant layout, with professional coffee-making equipment.
  • Cons: No parking, limited seating, the price for the quality a bit high.
  • Price: $$$
  • Website:www.facebook.com/thegoodcupcoffeeco/
  • Phone: +63 32 328 1153
  • Address: F. Ramos Street, Cebu City 6000

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