One Friday, I wanted to look for a different coffeeshop because I am fed up with hanging around typical coffee places. The hustle and bustle of a jam-packed cafe can get a little overwhelming, especially if my main reason for going there is to unwind and talk to my colleagues after a hard day at work.
I searched for an alternative place that was just walking distance from the office, and I found Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart just along Valero Street. I felt the timing was right because they had an open mic that Friday night; any customer could just grab the microphone and sing to his/her heart’s content in front of everyone. I also learned they allocate a portion of their earnings for their advocacy of feeding street children. So I asked my friends at work if they wanted to give the cafe a try, and they all agreed. I guess I wasn’t the only one who wanted some place new.
When we got there, I was impressed with the physical setup. The placed looked cozy and homey, giving us a welcoming vibe. There were tables for both big and small groups, and a makeshift stage used for the open mic. One little thing that was a little discomforting was that one of their AC units was heavily leaking. But I have to hand it to the owner who was very hands-on that night by being the one who would mop the floor from time to time for the guests’ comfort.
While we were waiting for our orders, the open mic started, and one of the customers started singing. The good thing about the program was that people were encouraged to sing whatever songs they liked.
Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart set up a complete sound system with perfect audio quality! There was also an acoustic guitar waiting for those who wanted to strum and pluck the strings. Those who wanted karaoke could just connect their phone with the speakers via Bluetooth, use the coffeeshop’s free WiFi, and play on YouTube the karaoke hit they wanted to sing.
The experience would be great for the ones who were confident enough to render a number in front. And boy, there were a lot of singers that night — both bathroom divas and those who could really pull off a Moira, a Kyla, and even a Pavarotti. A number of Chinese customers were even game to sing to us their favorite Chinese songs — thanks to Taylor, the American owner, who did well at convincing the guests to brave the stage.
The Food and Beverages
Our orders came after a few songs. We didn’t mind the wait because we were enjoying the other customers’ performances and delighting in Taylor’s enthusiasm in hosting the open mic.
The menu of the coffeeshop was simple. They serve the usual hot beverages, the typical items on a Frappuccino menu, and their own version of milk tea. There were no fancy-sounding names or varieties that could be too much as a choice.
Even their food were simple: some rice meals, nacho snack, and sandwiches, to name a few, at fair prices. Meanwhile, the prices of their beverages were leveled with how much you would normally spend for a drink in other coffeeshops, so I guess there was no surprise there.
But what we didn’t expect was their large Frappuccino. Yes, the ice-blended drinks at Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart were in really, really large glasses! The taste, on the other hand, was not out of the ordinary; but there was no feeling of guilt that we were spending too much on an order of Frappuccino that big.
Speaking of feeling guilty about spending too much, Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart made us feel every cent we spent there was worth it. They have their own social responsibility project. They use a portion of their income to feed some street children in Makati.
Taylor said that every Sunday, they feed the homeless kids. With more customers coming, he hoped that someday this once-a-week activity will become a daily thing. So instead of frequenting well-established restaurants and coffee shops, I and my friends thought of paying Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart a visit every once in a while. For every meal and beverage that we’ll order there, we’ll feel good about knowing that not only our stomachs but also another’s will be filled. This is something that will make hanging out there more meaningful.
Overall, the experience at the cafe was something really new, considering that they offered more than what we expected. If you are looking for a new place to visit, especially one that tries to help the less fortunate, try Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart.
G21, 124 Valero, Makati City, 1227 Metro Manila
Monday to Friday: 9:30AM to 11:30PM
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00PM to 11:00PM