Coffee that goes well with their doughnuts: Cello’s!

[April 17, 2016]

On this particular Sunday evening, I ended up hanging out with some friends in a doughnut place at Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. The place is called Cello’s Doughnuts, which is one of the many famous doughnut places here in Metro Manila. I actually wasn’t planning on ordering anything, not even the very, VERY deliciously tempting donuts that they had on display.

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VERY.

I did end up taking a look at the nearby espresso machine though (One of the first five things I saw the moment I entered the establishment, actually) and a particular note right next to the tray of drinking glasses caught my eye. Could it be?

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Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
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It’s Dark Matter Theory!

Color me surprised. This Cello’s serves third-wave coffee! And they use Dark Matter Theory blend, which comes from EDSA BDG (I swear those guys are everywhere by now). I actually haven’t tried DMT coffee yet, so I decided that now would be a good time to try it out. And just like that, I had a spontaneous adventure! It’s kind of what I live for, after all. 🙂

CELLO’S DOUGHNUTS AND DIPS – KATIPUNAN BRANCH

Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City (near Prince David Condominium)

I have to make note of a few things before I proceed with my tale. 🙂

  1. The barista told me that not all Cello’s Doughnuts branches use the same kind of coffee. This is because each branch is a franchise, so the kind of coffee they make is up to the franchise owner. Check your local branch if you want to have an adventure there. 🙂
  2. As of posting time, there are TWO branches of Cello’s along Katipunan, which happen to be a short walk away from each other. One is near Mercury Drug, and the other is nearer Prince David Condominium. I haven’t checked the former yet, so I recommend that you visit the latter instead just to be sure.

Okay? Okay. Moving on. 🙂

Anyway, I ordered a warm cup of cappuccino (which only cost me Php 135) and took pictures of the place while I waited. As it happens, the place is always occupied by groups of students, either studying or simply hanging out to enjoy good doughnuts with their friends. Note to self: It’s a good strategy to have a coffee shop near schools.

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Their various hot and iced drinks.
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The prices of their doughnuts by the singles and by the boxes. They also have ice cream!
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Here you can see university students in their natural habitat.
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I’ve always had a soft spot for chalk-ads.

I didn’t buy any doughnuts to partner with my coffee, so I took awesome-esque pictures of them instead.

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I’ll make a mental note to try this one out someday.
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*heavy breathing*

After some time, my cappuccino was finally ready. It came with two small containers of white and muscovado sugar, but I opted not to use them. Coffee tastes best unsweetened, in my opinion. Helps bring out the natural flavor and all.

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Let’s see…

Aroma: Light. It’s cappuccino, so I smell mostly milk foam.
Taste: Reminds me of chocolate and/or roasted almonds, medium body, and light acidity.
Price: 135. A bit pricey for a student, but it’s still quite reachable

OVERALL RATING: 4.0/5. Good coffee near universities is most welcome, especially the third-wave kind.

And that’s it for this post. Happy Hunting! 🙂

-Ken

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