A lot of people put me in a pedestal but the truth is I am an addict.
I have been a coffee addict for years now. I glorify it as the flowers love the rain that makes them bloom.
I began drinking coffee when I was in elementary. There was a time when my folks even have to hide the coffee in the house because of my addiction. Today, I can drink a liter of classic black (as in Batangas Barako coffee) in one sitting without palpitating, and I can even sleep well after that. It was truly an addiction that can never be cured.
This coffee addiction is the same thing that drives me to explore various coffee shops. Recently, one of my friends invited me to a newly opened coffee nook in town, Brother John’s Coffee Café.
A little background about Brother John’s Coffee Café
The idea of putting up a local coffee shop came from the fantastic mind of J.V. Castillo. He is a coffee aficionado from a family of coffee lovers (hey, I can be part of this family). His idea was inspired by his unique coffee experiences in various coffee shops within the Philippines, Asia, and Middle East. In 2014, J.V. and his brother John Jefferson consolidated the business plan to bring quality coffee at a reasonable price every Batangueño can afford.
In 2014, their Bauan branch opened but they moved the shop to Lawas, Batangas City in the last quarter of 2016. Beverages at Brother John’s Coffee Café are crafted to specifically be at par with the taste grade and flavors of international brands in the market. Its beans are sourced out from coffee roasters in Italia, frappe powder mixes from a producer in Irvine California, and tea leaves from Sri Lanka. The food menu is crafted to the taste that the brothers have loved since while the cakes come from a commissary local in Batangas.
Brother John’s Coffee Café is located at the second floor of Junction Commercial Complex, Zone 12, P. Burgos St., Batangas City. It is just a few steps away from the University of Batangas, and some banks. It is very accessible. If you are bringing a car, there is a huge parking space in front of the building.
When I stepped into the shop, I noticed a lot of wood. If you have explored a lot of coffee shops as I, you will notice that wood sets the mood in these places. Hence, the ambiance is very cozy because of the wooden tables, chairs, and walls. The place is spacious as well. We sought for a seat and ordered the best in the menu.
When the food came, we had a Club House Sandwich to share, and four drinks – Raspberry Smoothie, Java Chip, Choco Macadamia, and a hot White Chocolate Mocha.
The sandwich is really thick, and it comes with French fries. The bread is toasted just enough to maintain its softness but has the crusty feeling on the outside. The vegetables are very fresh, and the bacon is crispy.
The Raspberry Smoothie smells very fruity, and tastes sweet and nippy. The texture of this smoothie is what makes it a best-seller. It has actual raspberry which you can bite when you sip. The hot White Chocolate Mocha is light-bodied with a sweet aroma. The Java Chip and Choco Macadamia, on the other hand, are more on the mellow sweet side. The drinks truly live up to the coffee shop’s motto: “Co’z we know you deserve a greater cup”.
I will definitely drop by Brother John’s Coffee Café again. Are you as addicted to coffee as I am? Comment below or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org