Text by Djan Magbanua
Photos by Paulo Geluz
IT’S been Libre’s personal mission to find great spots for coffee to share with its readers.
Hindi mga franchised-owned ang hanap natin but those with original concept cafes and coffee shops.
The search is never over yet. Ito nga ay dahil marami ang nagsulputang mga lugar where you can have your caffeine fix.
Isa nga sa napansin namin ay itong nasa pagitan ng J. Ruiz at Gilmore LRT stations, ang Qups (read as ‘cups’) Quarters Cafe.
Hindi mo siya mapapansin kung nakasakay ka sa jeep papuntang Recto o Quiapo dahil madadala ka sa laki ng hotel na sumasakop dito.
The main entrance sa side ng Madison street is quite threadbare, with only the sign and a glass door greeting you. As you enter, you may note the PWD ramp for easy access sa mga naka-wheelchair.
Once inside, isang malaking difference kaagad ang iyong mapapansin. You’ll be greeted with a spacious interior and comfy chairs. The atmosphere feels like you’ve just discovered an underground cafe.
May pa dim lights, soft music and the welcoming smiles of the baristas, and you would feel like home.
From rice meals, pastas, sandwiches and of course coffees and frappes, the wide variety of the menu gets a nod of approval. Here’s what we tried:
Chicken Tomato Pasta
Isang main reason na nakakasawa sa mga tomato based pasta (bukod sa lagi na lang itong handa sa mga birthday) is the umay factor after a few bites. That is not the case with Qups’ chicken tomato pasta na tinimpla lang just right for your palate.
Cheezy Frankfurt (P165)
This is actually our LIBRECOMMENDS for those trying out Qups and wanted something filling to go along with coffee. If you like your coffee sweet, then the taste and texture of Cheezy Frankfurt will surely compliment it.
Spam Rice (P185)
Those looking for something heavier, you can go for the Spam Rice na isa sa kanilang best sellers for hungry cafe visitors.
Black Forest (P165)
Just one of their signature frappes, perfect for a hot day.
Charlie Brown Mocha
Another Qups’ original, pero ito ay nasa kanilang hot drink section. The smooth coffee taste with hazelnut flavor is a great drink for unwinding.
Qups Quarters Cafe is located at Madison street corner Aurora Blvd, New Manila, Quezon City.