A coffice (coffeehouse + office) is a place where one can get coffee, but also where one can set up a laptop computer and do office work.
Despite my fervent hopes that somebody (business, interest group, enterprising individuals) would finally open a fully functional honest-to-goodness coffice (see how an actual coffice operates in London; Ziferblat London, pictured above) here in Metro Manila, it looks like it won’t be happening anytime soon.
So, to satiate my craving for a nice coffice, I am instead going to point out a few coffee shops that have become my favorite “working” haunts (as a freelancer). As I am fairly mobile, I can usually be found working away in some cafe in various parts of the metro. I find that this constant scenery change works best for my mercurial working habits, and coffeehouses have literally become my office of sorts.
Usually it takes me 30 minutes to 1 hour to decide if I “liked” the place well enough to consider it a favorite, which means that there is a very high probability that I would be coming back to that establishment sooner rather than later. Other times, I can tell right away that I’m going to like the place just a few seconds after I enter the store entrance. Typically it requires a quirky combination of factors — even seemingly inconsequential ones — but when they do hit the spot, it just makes your work a little easier.
Anyway, here they are in no particular order.
1. Caffe Bene (SM BF, Paranaque City)
— Pros: Fast internet, spacious, includes a walled smokers’ area, relatively near
— Cons: Can get fairly crowded on weekends, closing time is rather early (9:00 pm)
2. Starbucks SM Aura (Bonifacio Global City, Makati)
— Pros: Spacious with high ceilings, numerous convenience outlets, not too crowded
— Cons: Too far, closing time is rather early, no wi-fi
3. Bo’s Coffee (Glorietta 4, Makati)
— Pros: Good food selection; increased number of chairs, tables, and convenience outlets; fairly accessible; open for 24 hours; free wi-fi (for up to 2 hours)
— Cons: Can get too crowded pretty quickly
4. Starbucks Bluebay Walk (EDSA cor. Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City)
— Pros: Numerous convenience outlets, spacious, great lighting scheme, piped-in music, free parking, not too crowded (for now), long operating hours; a perfect place for reviewers
— Cons: A bit far, no wi-fi
There you go. I am fairly certain that I will be expanding this list soon, but for the moment these are the places that I consider premium — which means that working in these particular coffeehouses can be a breeze. Also, I will be blogging about each of these establishments in detail later (when I have more time at my disposal).