Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Afters Espresso and Desserts

There's something about dessert places that I can't say no to. Before starting any meal at home or a meal out, you can expect me to be the person to ask "What's for dessert?" or "Where are we having dessert?"  So, the other Saturday after a night of buffet food for my college organization's alumni homecoming, I asked my friends, "Can we have dessert?" at 12 midnight.

I'm very consistent when it comes to dessert.

So off we went to Afters, a quaint coffee shop along Tomas Morato, Quezon City. 

The Place

Classy but relaxed are the words that came to mind when I entered Afters. The color scheme is brown, rich furnishing with a mix of eclectic modern pieces, soft lighting and with quirky posters on the wall. 

It's a ~ 50-seater restaurant, very cozy and has a wide selection of coffee, cakes and gelato. When we visited, the crowd is more mellow compared to most coffee shops.

The Food

Ferrero Cake (PhP 160)

Rich, moderately-sized slice, hazelnut and chocolate cake with hazelnut (?) cream frosting. The cake is moist while the frosting is thick. 

It tastes good. I will order this next time.

Reese's Cheesecake (~PhP 150)

Another interesting and unique flavor.

If my memory serves me right, the cheese cake is rich and the frosting is peanut-buttery. I can remember that it's really good.

Nicaragua and Brazil Single Drip Coffee (PhP 150/cup)

Afters serves both brewed and single drip coffee. According to Wikipedia, drip brewing is a method which involves pouring water over roasted, ground coffee bean in a filter. Water seeps through the ground coffee, absorbing its oil and essences, solely under gravity, then passes through the bottom of the filter. The used coffee ground are retained in the filter with the liquid falling into a collecting vessel. 


Because Person A and I are curious, we both ordered a cup of single drip coffee, mine is Brazil and his is Nicaragua blend. Because of the short time that the water passed through the coffee, the flavor isn't strong: think coffee-flavored tea. I like that the coffee itself has a distinct flavor, sweet, nutty and mildly acidic. Brazil blend has stronger flavor than the Nicaragua one. 

It goes well with the cakes that we ordered.

Its downside is its steep price. I suggest you order this if you want delicate tasting coffee and you don't mind shelling twice the price of a regular brew cup.

Plus the single brew set-up is cool. Take a look at the ground beans after all the water has dripped.

Moroccan Mint Tea (PhP ~150/pot)

Loose leaf, excellent, strong-bodied mint tea. Tea and cake always go well together.

In Summary

1. Afters is a great place to have dessert. The ambiance is pretty mellow and very relaxing. Great for a casual date, meet ups with friends and celebration with families. It's a plus that it's located in Tomas Morato, think of it as your wind down place from the hustle and bustle of the area.

2. Cakes are goods with unique flavors. Most are derived from your favorite chocolates. Coffee is also excellent and they serve gelato, too.

3. Price is a little above average. They're a little expensive than most coffee shops in the area.

20 Lansbergh Place
Tomas Morato cor Scout Castor St
Quezon City
Sun-Sat 10am - 4am

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