Commune: A pioneer in the café-bar scene (GMA News Online)

(This feature was published in GMA News Online last July 31, 2013)

The metro is peppered with a variety of café-restaurants ranging from famous global brands to the charming mom-and pop-stores—but café-bars are few and far between.

In fact, the only one I know is the quaint coffee shop called Commune.

I learned about my latest discovery through my social media network. It comes as no surprise I learned about it that way at all since Ros Juan—Commune’s owner—is, in fact, a social media strategist.

“The whole idea was really for a place to get together with friends and different people. At the root of what I do now in social media is really community management,” said Ros. This young entrepreneur aims to get online communities to meet offline and Commune has become their new home.

Commune regular Gen Tiu has this to say of the café-bar: “My impression of Commune is that it’s a place that’s really cater[ing] to a community and [aims] to form communities. It’s a comfortable and cheery place to chill and work.”

When I entered the premises, the cartoony illustrations on the wall (by Kay Aranzanso and Jason Sto. Domingo of “Illustrador ng Kabataan”) instantly put a smile on my face—indeed, they’d put a smile on anyone’s face.

Shelves full of books and other knick-knacks populated one side of the wall, reminding me of the den in my house. Near the bar area was a big, hard-to-miss chalkboard, and several floral centerpieces served to brighten up the room. Overall, the atmosphere was relaxing and I found it a comfortable place to turn into my mobile office.

When I complimented Ros on the interiors, she disclosed that Nix Alañon did the design, but the two of them worked on the concept as a whole together.

Another source of inspiration for Ros was the hit TV show, Friends, which often depicted the cast hanging out at a café called Central Perk.

Of coffee cravings and menus

This café-bar serves its own blend of coffee—the Commune blend, which is a special combination of two Philippine coffee varieties: Arabica and Robusta.

But apart from this blend, for now, the store offers the usual espresso-based drinks, hand-dripped coffee, and iced coffee. More options will be available in the near future.

 

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