I saw Filibeans on our first night on the island because we went out for drinks at Harana. I was intrigued by the espresso martini on offer and decided to check it out on another visit because the coffee bar was closed. I knew I had to go back because I always like a good old flat white on the beach, and I heard that Filibeans has some good coffee for their in-store brewing.
Located inside Harana Surf and Dive Resort, just a bit of a walk from the main General Luna Highway near Siargao’s famous Cloud 9, Filibeans is your cool and casual coffee bar that offers coffee shop favorites with an island twist. It’s spart at best – basically just the bar area with a few bar stools that you can occupy while nursing your cup.
I love a good milky coffee with some flaky pastry any time, so I would actually bring over some bread or cookies from Kawayan’s bakery from down the street, and park my buns on the bar for a cup of lovely and smooth flat white. On another visit, Sasja ordered chai with their freshly-pressed coconut milk. For vegan options, you can opt for soy or coconut milk, which they harvest and press on-site every day.
I chatted with Madi, the barista on duty on two separate occasions and she is pretty passionate about the work that she does. She made my visits extra special by discussing the state of the island’s tourism activities, and its ins and outs, apart from sharing with me some choice recommendations on where else to eat and hang out on the island.
I recommend you drop by this coffee shack to get a taste of Filibeans’ specially roasted house blend, which they get from Bacolod (yay, represent!) from one of the local roasters whom I’ve actually met before. The roast is light and tempered for the beach setting, and is perfect for that perk-me-up after a rough tumble in the waves.
Harana Surf Resort
Tuason Point, Brgy. Catangnan
General Luna, Siargao Island
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