It’s not an exaggeration when they say you will find everything you could ever need in BF Homes in Paranaque.
The place is so massive that getting stuck in its bowels during rush hour could be an hour-long ordeal. Its labyrinthine streets, subdivisions, and main avenues make up a network of residential and commercial areas intertwined into a congested and thickly populated enclave. Naturally, you would need establishments to cater to the residents’ needs, and here, you will find just about every business imaginable, making BF Homes a small city in its own right.
Read any food destination list and BF is almost always in it, and for good reason. Between its countless ethnic restaurants and hole-in-the-wall eateries, bustling avenues, overflowing food parks, and shopping lanes, it is indeed a foodie destination with few equals in terms of variety and scale. If you ask me, though, the real reason to go to BF is its great neighborhood coffee shops. One of its most excellent cafes also happens to be one of the newest: Need Coffee on Aguirre Street, which opened its doors last April.
BF’s hip and trendy populace is no stranger to third wave coffee. Magnum Opus, one of the frontrunners of Metro Manila’s third wave movement, has been in operation for a couple years now. L’Usine and My Cuppa Fix have also enjoyed quite a following. But it just goes to show that there is always room for more good coffee, even in a oversaturated place like BF Homes. Many of BF’s coffee places have been around for some time now to provide residents with their much needed caffeine fix, but in a few short months, Need Coffee has already earned a couple of faithful regulars.When I visited on a rainy weekday afternoon, there was a steady stream of patrons, which the baristas all greeted with trademark Southern hospitality.
Need Coffee brews Yardstick beans in-store with a La Marzocco machine. A grocery list of the world’s most iconic third wave roasters (Plain Sight, Intelligentsia, Stumptown, etc.) also grace their counters. These beans can be ordered handcrafted on a Kalita 101 or an Aeropress, which means you don’t have to break out your Passport to sample these interesting expertly sourced and roasted coffees.
For me, I come for the coffee and stay for the charm. It’s a quiet and unassuming spot in this bustling avenue. The interiors are your typical industrial and modern treatment, just like many a coffee shop every where in the world but it’s still quite homey and comfortable.
It’s spacious and it has ample electric sockets, so you can readily plop down here with a good book or your laptop and get stuff done. It has a garden area at the back where you can enjoy your coffee al fresco.
Where to find them:
252-B Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque