#KabiseraNYC: The not-so-new-kid in Lower East Side

Situated at the Lower East Side (LES) of Manhattan, Kabisera Café is one of the most trendy cafes along Allen Street. It opened its doors in December of 2017 and it recently moved to a newer and bigger space (just right beside its previous spot which is now Angela’s Ice Cream & Desserts).
 
Kabisera still takes pride in its specialty coffees and other Kabisera-curated favorites such as: Iced Espresso Oat Latte, Almond Chaitado, Affogato, Ube Latte, Matchube (Matcha cum Ube), Golden Latte (Turmeric infused beverage), White Spice Mocha, Vitalitea and many more.
 
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It has become the go-to place by Lower East siders and tourists alike, either to hang out, dine or grab a to-go cuppa. “Our regulars know their coffee and we’re happy to slush their favorite beverage to jumpstart their day. It just feels great to become a part of their daily routine.”, shared Carla Mongado, Actor/Singer and part-time Barista at Kabisera.

The Menu

This Filipino-inspired cafe has pioneered in introducing the Purple Rice Bowl (Tofu bowl), Pork Longganisa Quesadilla and Chicken Adobo Panini in New York City. Their menu includes interesting fusion of contemporary and traditional Pinoy flavors. As for desserts, they have pastries like Lemon squares, Smores brownie, Pecan pie, Maja Blanca, Bibingka, Cassava cake and Ube ice cream which perfectly complement their food menu. Kabisera also features seasonal desserts such as Halo-halo, Frozen Brazo de Mercedes and Palitaw.


 
The Kamayan

Kabisera is also known for its successful Kamayan lunch and dinner parties. Kamayan is the Filipino traditional way of eating sans the knife and fork. The dishes are served on top of a banana leaf and it’s meant to be shared and enjoyed as a family or as a group. You may contact Kabisera for their available Kamayan packages or if you want to customize the menu and style for your feast.

 
For huge groups who need space for closed-door soirees, the place easily transforms from a cafe into an event venue with a seating capacity of 20 to 30 persons and a maximum room of 35 pax. Meetings and parties may be booked at least two or three days before the event schedule.

The Beans

Kabisera has teamed up with a roastery in Brooklyn to customize three coffee bean varieties: Kaulayaw, Silakbo and Dalisay. Kaulayaw is the balanced and smooth variety which they use for their espresso-based drinks. Silakbo is strong and full-bodied which make for their iced coffee, drip coffee and cold brew. The Dalisay roast is the fruity and sweet variety. Kabisera’s coffee beans come from Central and South America with its roastery in Brooklyn, New York.

The Heads of the Table

The term Kabisera means the head of the table. Hence, let’s introduce you to its heads of the table–the hospitable couple Augee and Joey. Augee aka Dj Chinita is the big wheel when it comes to the coffee, food and banquet departments while Joey takes care most of the purchasing and the physical attributes of the cafe. Together they formed an awesome lot of personable baristas and kitchen crew to take care of their customers.
 
When asked about what made them decide to open a Filipino cafe in Manhattan, Augee Francisco, owner of  Kabisera said, “I want Pinoy flavors to have a representation in the New York City’s food scene–in such a way that’s casual yet inventive and high quality yet affordable.”
 
 
Kabisera for Everyone
 
While it’s the first Filipino establishment in LES to introduce the Filipino hospitality to the neighbourhood, it has already gained patrons of diverse culture and ethnicity since it opened. Kabisera continues to embrace and respect everyone’s individuality as it is one with the Women and the LGBTQI community in the struggle for gender equality.
 
“It is a joy to be able to share with everyone who comes to Kabisera, what Filipino hospitality is like. As I always say, we value, respect and take good care of our customers, otherwise, we won’t be living this dream of ours now.”, Francisco added.
 
What they say about Kabisera
 
“I live on the other side of the street and there’s also a cafe near my apartment building but I choose to come to Kabisera because of the good service. They’re all friendly and they treat me like family.” — Nenad, Manager at The Box NYC

“I start my day at Kabisera with my cortado, perfectly prepared by genuinely friendly baristas.”, Hugo, LES Resident.

Visit and follow #KabiseraNYC on social media. For every coffee-based beverage you purchase, you get your loyalty card star-stamped and your fifth drink is free. Ask your barista for your own personalized card.

Kabisera Café
151 Allen St., Manhattan, New York City 10002
Contact: 929 920 8250; kabiserakape@gmail.com
 
Photo credits: Kabisera, Carla Mongado
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Photo of the Day | Duomo de Firenze

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Subject: Cathedral of Florence
Location: Florence, Italy

The Coffee Academics

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Kale and Quinoa Waldorf Salad

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Curly Fries with Dip Trio

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Crispy Fish Fillet Tacos

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Academics Pancake Tower

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The Coffee Academics was launched in 2012 with its flagship outlet at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. A dear friend of ours who had been to one of its outlets in Hong Kong had booked us this place for a surprise birthday party in its newly opened outlet at Scotts Square in Singapore.

We were all very glad about the choice of place to hold the intimate party. For early birds, they enjoyed some espresso-based coffees like the Manuka and Okinawa–these special coffees are blended with organic natural honey and dark brown sugar, respectively.

The party was indeed a fun gathering of good friends. Friends from sports, from an art film appreciation group, and from a charity organisation. The conversations and laughters were enjoyed more with Coffee Academics’ Margherita Pizza, Scrambled Eggs with Crayfish, Crispy Fish Fillet Tacos and Academics Pancake Tower for dessert.

Why are they called The Coffee Academics?

Because they teach you everything you need to know about coffee and the art of making it. They actually conduct small ‘coffee classes’ inside the outlet. Students or “coffee novices” are taught not just to be good Baristas but also important knowledge about coffee selection, its origin (farming), roasting, brewing techniques and even cupping. Visit their website to know more.


THE COFFEE ACADEMICS – SINGAPORE
Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
Operating Hours: 9am-9pm Daily
Email: info@the-CoffeeAcademics.com
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Photo Essay: Borobudur Pilgrimage

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Like many, one of the main reasons to travel to Yogyakarta or Jogja in Indonesia is to see the temples. At a recent trip, we saw three of the most popular ones: Prambanan, Pawon and Borobudur. The Borobudur Temple was the most magnificent of all three, hence we created a photo essay of our experience.

We have gotten to know many important events and historical relevance of the temple because we were provided with a knowledgeable tour guide. It was indeed very educational as it was very cultural. As we were traversing the three main levels of the Borobudur Temple, while at the same time enjoying the architecture and the sculptures, we have felt an invigorating psychological calm, peace and serenity.

With 504 Buddhas and 72 of it surrounding the central dome at the top most level, the inner peace we have felt must have been brought upon us by the Buddhas and the intricate stone carvings on its walls; which certainly helped retell its story from a different perspective. Although ours was not the typical pilgrimage one may have had, but still a pilgrimage nonetheless.

Photo of the Day | Ground

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Subject: Art Connector
Location: Singapore City
Artists: Peter Sim, Kenneth Koh, Cheung Yuting
Collaborators: Grace Tan, Dr. Lilian Chee