If I Googled it right, Kaulayaw means “kasama” or someone you are with, a pleasant companion; or having an intimate conversation or an intimate friend. You know, when we have meet ups, we usually have them in a coffee shop, which has been the thing of this generation, so a companion in a coffee shop? Thinking of Kaulayaw Coffee, meant having a personal and intimate relationship with coffee for me. Did I guess what they wanted to tell us with the name of their coffee shop?
Kaulayaw Coffee is one of Antipolo, Rizal’s gems of a coffee shop, which according to their Facebook page, is a small business that is driven by the passion and eagerness to help the earth, our local farmers and the energetic, palpitating coffee enthusiasts – those who are curious, seasoned and everyone in between (I think you can categorize me in everyone in between). I just actually saw a friend of mine posted that she and her family visited the coffee shop. We passed by it on our way to one of the venues that were looking at for my sister’s wedding, and since my sis and Vic were also curious about it, we decided to have our dinner there.
Kaulayaw Coffee is a 2-story coffee shop that is situated along the highway, on the side that has the perfect view of nature and the city. It is quite noticeable when you pass by the highway because of the amount of people coming in to either try their coffee or to have a breath of fresh air, or both.
Whether you are going for brewed with their Kaulayaw special blend (medium roast), hot or iced with their Tinatangi (Espresso), Hiraya (Cappuccino), Takipsilim (Americano), Mayumi (Authentic Mountain Tea with Laywan Honey), Kaulayaw Tablea or Estrelya (Hot Mocha Latte), or even drip, you are definitely in for a treat, a coffee you’d definitely not forget, taste that will always be with you. Kaya nga Kaulayaw eh. Drinks ranges from Php99-189. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo because we totally forgot. It’s a good thing, right? But good food is what you will find here. They have sandwiches, over rice meals, toasts, pan cakes, entrée, hors d’oeuvres, morning specials and pasta – which certainly are appetizing. Indulge yourself with great food, not to mention afforable.
They also serve kombucha, tequilla, wine, beer and whiskey for nights that you just want to unwind and chill. But aside from food, it is also the view that brings the people to visit their place. How lucky you are if you are able to see this kind of view everyday, no?
Kaulayaw Coffee started as an online shop in 2019 but opened their first physical shop during the middle of the pandemic in July 2020. Most of their staffs are members of the 4P’s (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) and are working students and for every cup of coffee you order, you donate Php20 to help the coffee farmers and roasters. By supporting local, you don’t only help in promoting our country’s rich recourses but the people who work hard to be its stewards. One advocacy I am truly supporting.
Are kids allowed to enter? Yes. They didn’t in anyway stopped Coco from entering the premises. I think it is because it is an open spaced area and Coco is in full gear – mask and shield. Upon entering the premises, we answered a contact tracing form and our temperature was taken. They assisted us to our seat and there was a reminder that we can’t change seats due to IATF rules. We were wearing our masks the whole time, except when we have already started eating.