“Behind the red door, great coffee exists,” says the sign at the newest specialty coffee shop on Aguirre Street, Parañaque. This area has quickly established itself as the food hub of the South of Metro Manila. After years of being Overseas Filipino Workers in Malaysia, a group of friends, Christian Lagota and wife, Emily Ann Querubin-Lagota, Juan Miguel Galinato and wife, Martza Galinato, and Carlo Trinidad, dreamt of returning home to the Philippines and put up their own café in Metro Manila. That dream came true as they opened the red door of My Cuppa Fix to the public last March 2017.
The attractive red door welcomes new patrons and regulars alike.
Upon entering, the café’s rustic ambiance will greet you in a great relaxing way. According to Emily Ann Querubin-Lagota, the place is designed to look like a blank canvas where local artists could create art. They also cater for events inside their space. The café has a meeting room that has a capacity of at least 10 people.
The Bacon Sticky Bun (PHP 150.00) is My Cuppa Fix’s bestseller. The soft, chewy bun has a strong cinnamon flavor. It is generously lined with cheese that is perfectly mixed with pieces of caramelized bacon, creating a perfect balance of sweet, salty, and savory. As your teeth sink into the soft yet dense bread, your tongue is greeted with sweetness from the caramelized sugar followed by the savory and salty buzz of chewy bacon and melted cheese. The size of each one is good for a filling snack, but trust us, you’re not going to want to share this with anyone. It’s a special, unique pastry that’s priced affordably and perfectly hits the spot.
When asked about what the most unique thing that she could share about the café is, Lagota instantly responded that it is the owners’ story. They did not have any background in coffee-making or even the world of pastries, but it is their passion that motivated them to try. They were inspired by the coffee industry in Malaysia and this sparked in them the desire to share that specialty coffee culture in the Philippines. As a start, their place is also living testimony that they will always be open to improvements and future innovations in all aspects of their café.
In the same way, their lack of knowledge in pastry making was also not a deterrent. They turned this inexperience around and instead looked for quality suppliers for their pastries. This became their way of helping small time business owners or pastry chefs.
True to its name, My Cuppa Fix’s aims to help their community get their caffeine fix in a relaxing and satisfying way. Still, the owners believe that excellent tasting food and drinks should be accessible to all. It’s no surprise that their goal is to keep serving drinks and pastries that are affordable and consistently available.
My Cuppa Fix
218 Aguirre St.,
BF Homes, Parañaque
Hours: 5 pm to 12 am, Tuesday-Sunday
Contact: +63 2 663 0313