The art of coffee

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Friday, December 6, 2013

PLACES with personality always deserve a visit or two. Tucked in the quiet residential area along Elizabeth Pond St. is a new coffee house that happens to have a lot of it, reflective of proprietor Sarah Javier’s very own imaginative persona, promising an experience uniquely enthralling.

“The name of the coffee house speaks a lot,” Sarah said. She simply called it Bintana, meaning “window,” and explained that she envisions the place to be an opening, a pathway in to three aspects she love best: art, food and coffee.

Opened in May of 2013, Bintana began as a specialty coffee house, offering three traditional methods of coffee preparation, and only one food item on the menu, the homemade mechado.

But as more and more people dropped by, Sarah introduced more items as well, until today when her chalkboard menu is all filled up. Bestsellers include the burger steak, roast beef and sweet pork chop.

Stepping in Bintana is like entering a crash course on the art of coffee. Sarah personally pours the coffee for her diners, and at the same time, explaining to them about its careful craft and intricacies. The grooves of the cup have to be at a certain angle, the direction of how it’s poured has to be consistent—and when you drink it, slurp.

She’s on the chase for the perfect end cup, she said. “I love the art behind coffee.

In the Philippines, it’s not a very explored area and so through this, I want to educate people about it.”

At present, the coffee house offers three kinds of beans, namely Colombia, Kalinga and civet, which are freshly roasted at the shop. It is then prepared either by using French press, the V60 dripper, or the Vietnamese-style phin filter. The filters are generally used to extract the oil from the beans, giving the coffee a bolder and smoother taste.

On the art side, Bintana has been home to exhibits by local artists such as Kimsoy Yap, Bobby Gonzales, Jess Najaro and Halie Marmol. It has also become a venue for music gigs, and just last Saturday, it formally launched its collaboration with La Belle Aurore Bookshop and filled a small area with books for sale.

Bintana is in 181-K Elizabeth Pond St., Camputhaw, Cebu City. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 07, 2013.


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