Sometimes, you're too tired to drive around to look for a coffee shop that's big but cozy enough for you to concentrate on work. You don't want to be bothered distance-wise, nor want to have to fight for a parking space. Sometimes, what you need is a five-minute roll to a quaint (read: almost empty) cafe. To where the light touches the walls and where the barista doesn't mind you ordering one cuppa joe for your five-hour stay.
Enter Cafe Esse, located about a kilometer from the Antipolo Capitol. Situated beside a steak house, this humble cafe is the perfect after-lunch cool down on Sundays, coming from celebrating the Eucharist at the Antipolo Parish. The warm interiors and quirky accessories make this a place for both adults and children to relax and take a weekend breather together.
Last Sunday, Aki and I did just that. We met up to catch up and accomplish some things for our upcoming workshop (exciting!). We had the place to ourselves--which we loved. The staff was very attentive and patient as we decided on which table to settle in.
Right off the bat, Aki thought it was a cool, quiet place. I thought that maybe what made Cafe Esse so charming is its lack of crowds. I personally don't enjoy being around too many people. It's a little draining and can sometimes be counterproductive. In contrast to mainstream coffee shops, this place was a temple!
We gave the server liberty to recommend us their house specialties and best-selling products, and order them we did.
We ordered Plain Waffles (P165) to share for our breakfast meeting. It was simple and straight to the point--it was fried to perfection, with the batter soft in the middle but crunchy and slightly toasted on the edges. It tasted quite buttery but salty. It was served with (more) butter and simple syrup.
Aki chose the Iced Vanilla V.I.C (stands for Vanilla Ice Cream) (P165). The name sounds redundant but it's really quite a drink. Instead of whole milk or slim milk, Cafe Esse uses a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. You're left with a thick almost marshmallow treat that's surprisingly not as sweet as the name implies.
I tried the Cold Almond Latte (P125) on my previous visit so this time I got the Hot Hazelnut Latte (P105). I liked the fact that they served it in a relatively large mug, with a good amount of foam for me to enjoy (plus it looks good in photos). I didn't distinctly taste the hazelnut flavor, but overall, it was a good cup of hot latte, if you're not in the mood for cold drinks in this sweater weather.
For a quick breakfast or a laid-back get together with a close friend, a neighborhood cafe is a go-to. And if you happen to be in the mood for a drive, head on over to Antipolo's Cafe Esse for a quiet corner where you can relax and catch up without any bother.
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Cafe Esse is located at
2/F CEO Bldg, L. Sumulong Circle
Brgy San Roque, Antipolo CIty