December 21, 2008

Garden café indoors

After more than six months, I finally managed to get a photo of my other favorite coffee shop: Figaro. Unlike The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Figaro is a Filipino company and among the varieties it carries is our very own Barako coffee which is in a dangerous decline because of a bad infestation in the 1990s and tough competition from other countries. The Figaro Coffee Company is a member of a coalition of coffee farms in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite that is working to save the Barako (tough man) coffee, a Liberica with a very robust flavor. This is the Shangri-La Plaza mall branch of Figaro, located in one of the mall's very wide corridors and designed to look like a garden café, complete with marble tabletops, wrought-iron details and ivied walls. Though it's not in the photo, it even has a little fountain among the garden tables and chairs.

Figaro Coffee at the Shangri-La Plaza mall

11 comments:

Lois said...

Oh this is so pretty and such an inviting atmosphere. I could spend a lot of time in this place!

the donG said...

coffee there is really really good. we were at figaro in trinoma last week before we attended the photo exhibit.

George said...

Very interesting post. I hope the farmers are successful in saving their coffee. The shop in the mall looks like a great place to sample a cup!

angela said...

I'm not a coffee drinker but I'd like to sit in that cafe awhile. Do they serve tea instead?

Saretta said...

Looks like a lovely place for a cuppa joe! Hope they are able to save the local bean!

Zsolt said...

It looks very nice clean..and I like the lot of lights. I prefer light places to dark ones..unless I go for a date:)

babooshka said...

We take coffee too much for granted. This does look such an inviting place to drop by.

Boise Diva said...

I'm glad you have a favorite coffee. Many people just drink up without noticing.

mkhansen said...

I'd love to sit there, try a cup of their Barako, and have a good read. In my tiny town, it's hard to sit anywhere without ending up in conversation with someone you know. That's wonderful, but sometimes we all would prefer to be quietly alone.

Thanks, Hilda, for your kind comments on my blog today -- and congratulations to you, too! I very much enjoy seeing your Manila.

gogouci said...

Very clean and inviting cafe. I can only imagine the sounds and aromas that come from this place.

Bergson said...

I like the cafes which have highchairs to drink to the bar.

This position is always easier to meet people