El Union Coffee

MacArthur Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

El Union Coffee
4.7
4.5 Stars

51 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 39
  • 4 stars 9
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 54 Reviews
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Category:
Coffee
Business Hours
Reopens: 7:00a - 10:00p

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 9:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 9:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 9:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 9:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 9:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 7:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Parking:
Parking Lot

Most Recent Reviews

Uael C.
5.0 Stars
2

A Surfers hut in almost everything about it - laid-back and carefree. It is one of the few places where you never bring impatience with you in terms of speed of service because its all about allowing the seabreeze to caress your skin, let the sunlight bristle across your face, and the smell of coffee and grilled cheese tease your nostrils while you wait with a smile. Remember, the staff are not chefs, they are surfers like all of us. And just like the waves of La Union, a good wave is certain to come, but timing is uncertain - so be willing to wait because their flat white is great, the smores are hearty, and their grilled sandwiches and comforting. Trust me its worth the wait! 1108811088110881108811088

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Ria B.
4.0 Stars
3

One of the most popular places in La Union is this coffee shop. Some loved it, some thought that it's hyped. I'm not a coffee lover so I opted for their grilled cheese while my s/o ordered the Dirty Horchata and some smores.

The place was a little packed when we went there. The place was just small. I thought that they have a spce upstairs but the foreign barista told me that it's not a part of the shop.

For the grilled cheese, honestly, I enjoyed it! And I didn't know that grilled cheese goes well with hot sauce! 128517128561128558128551 Has this been a thing even before? Haha sorry I really had no idea. The smores was good as well and the Dirty Horchata according to my dearest.

The grilled cheese and smores are 160php, while the Dirty Horchata is 150php. The food was a little overpriced while the drink is I think just okay, given its serving size. But I think I'll be back here to try the Horchata.

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Ruth S.
3.0 Stars
10

Hype Hype Hype. 128555

Not sure if we ordered the wrong drinks or it was just a bad batch/bad day/bad mix??? because our drinks weren't as good as we expected it. I was expecting to be blown away by their coffee because of all the positive and really good reviews.. but sadly... I was not.. we were not..... 128557128557

ICED MOCHA. Too strong, too bitter. It's like drinking the strongest and most bitter iced brewed coffee. We had a hard time trying to find/taste even the slightest slightest slightest hint of chocolate. 128549

HORCHATA. Not sure how this should taste.. it was weird? The taste was too hard to explain. I just can't. 128528

Maybe we were all just used to the usual creamy/sweet/chocolatey drinks. Maybe we're not "coffee people". Maybe we should have asked for sugar or idk. Maybe it's just us. Maybe.

SERVICE was also bad. The "surfer long messy hair barista guy" was so not helpful. He was not friendly, nice nor accommodating. He would just give a cold one liner reply to all of my questions. Thanks!! 128530 Maybe we could have enjoyed our experience if only he was nice enough to explain the drinks or at least ask us what we want. Maybe he was just not in the mood or he just doesn't like us. Maybe.

Will I come back? I'm not really sure. Would love to give them another chance, though. Next time, maybe?

Drinks weren't that good for us but the meals were pretty good and we actually liked what we tried. 128522 #thereishope 128541

We ordered the GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH (160) and the INDOOR SMORES (160 for the small size).

GRILLED CHEESE. Toasted bread with just the right amount of cheesy goodness. I actually liked it especially with the hot sauce. Too bad lang since I was hoping to try this with the bacon jam but it was not available during our visit. 128549

SMORES. Usual smores but we enjoyed eating this because of the generous marshmallow and chocolatey goodness (which our drinks lacked!!).

Will I come back? For the Grilled Cheese and smores, 100% YES!! For the drinks, MEHHHHH-YBE? 🙄🤔

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Cherilyn I.
5.0 Stars

the best coffee place in town 128076🏻128076🏻 for chillin and relaxing. will come back for sure 1008410084

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Mei O.
4.0 Stars
3

El Union is a few steps away from where we stayed in La Union and having driven in the morning and chasing my sister around for their shoot, I needed my caffeine even if it's 8.30pm.

The folks are not as accommodating as the usual 3rd wave stores we have in Manila but I don't need someone to hug me or hold my hand while preparing my order. 128514

I ordered 2 Dirty White and 1 Iced Horchata. The horchata was a wonderful drink and the dirty white was just how I wanted it. Your drinks get prepared by shirtless baristas/surfers/baegotes and you can also ask if they can brew it via pour over instead of using the espresso machine. Went back the next day prior to leaving La Union and got a different drink. The Dirty Horchata was a bit problematic though as the coffee overpowered the whole horchata taste experience. It was wonderful when we just poured some of the Dirty White, but changed everything with 1 (full) shot of espresso.

Take away cups are charged Php10 each and they don't have straws or cup covers. No issue with that. So you just cover it while walking along the highway. Watch out for the buses and speeding cars!

Will I return? Yes.
Will I get a different drink next time? Yes.
Will I tell my friends about this place? Yessss.

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Cindy S.
5.0 Stars
4

Anyone who knows me surely knows that I can't live without coffee. I just have to get my caffeine fix everyday! Even when I'm out of town I have to get that coffee! Naturally, I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to try out El Union Coffee now that I've finally visited LU.

I've been hearing really good things about El Union Coffee all the way back from Manila. And I was like, "They are that good?" Tha answer is yes, they are that good! Maybe even better.

We came here right after a long bus commute. I was really tired and cranky by then but the aroma of freshly made coffee and that just that wonderful coffee smell instantly lifted my mood. I ordered a hot Flat White and the boyfie ordered Cold Brew Horchata.

The Flat White was amazeballs! But then I had a sip of the BF's Cold Brew Horchata. And dang, believe me! My life changed! I have decided. It's the best drink I've ever tasted in my life! I'm not sure what the barista put in there but it was just an amazing drink! I was so hooked that we came back in the morning. I ordered the Cold Brew Horchata for myself this time and Iced Mocha for the BF. 10084

On the afternoon that we first came here the place was packed, we were lucky to have the last two seats. And on the next day it was just a slow Monday, we were their second customers.

Also, can I just add that it's hypnotizing to watch the baristas prepare your coffee? The people there really know their stuff!

But seriously, crossing my fingers and praying to the coffee gods that they'd open a store in Manila! 9749

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Karla C.
3.0 Stars
3

The place looked great and their drinks were good. I tried Horchata which is a Mexican rice milk drink. It had a hint of cinnamon, reminiscent of the taste of french toast. There isn't much options for food though. Service was generally ok but they were not as accommodating as what I'm used to with more well known coffee shops like Starbucks and CBTL. But overall, the place was not so bad. It can be your go to place if you just want your coffee fix or if you just want a place to hang out.

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Jaja R.
5.0 Stars
3

It is my first time here in San Juan, La Union and my first stop is at El Union Coffee.

Loved their chill vibe and good coffee. Ordered Flat White (P120) and it did not disappoint!

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Mia M.
5.0 Stars
4

Ordered Dirty Horchata, Smores and Grilled Cheese sandwich with Bacon Jam. Everything was so delish and excited all my senses!

I love the Dirty Horchata so much since I am a fan of anything cinnamon and the drink was able to achieve a perfect blend of espresso and horchata without overpowering one another. Worth it for 150 bucks since it's so filling and the serving is big.

I also know now why everyone is raving about the grilled cheese sandwich. The bacon jam and sriracha sauce made more mouth-watering. Serving was little though and I could've ordered another but it's quite expensive :(.

Lastly, smores. Not too sweet and burnt just right.

El Union is one of the reasons why I will keep coming back to La Union.

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Jemmelyn J.
4.0 Stars
2

Been to this place once and it's really cozy but the ventilation is not that good but the grilled cheese is awesome 128076🏻 would definitely recommend to everyone. We tried their bestseller drink iced dirty horchata but I did not enjoy it I just love the smell of the cinnamon.

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Julienne S.
5.0 Stars
2

I loved it.

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Nina Karmela G.
5.0 Stars
3

A++ for everything! The place has such chill vibes! Coffee is great! We ordered the iced Dirty White. The coffee was too strong but you can ask for free syrup to suit your liking :) The Smores was great! Would definitely go back! Must try!

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Marjorie G.
5.0 Stars
8

There is a hip café in San Juan that the surfers frequent and it’s called El Union Coffee. The best thing about it, they serve specialty coffee so you can be sure that their coffee drinks are of quality.

I didn’t know which drink to order so I asked the barista for his recommendation. I wanted something cold; he suggested dirty horchata.

Horchata is a cold drink with rice milk, cinnamon, almond essence, and vanilla extract. They call it Dirty Horchata when it has espresso. There is something unique to the taste of this drink that separates it from any of the iced coffee drink that I had before. It was nice but could use more espresso. Somehow the rice milk dulled the coffee flavor. But it was refreshing, which is just what I needed that hot afternoon.

The grilled cheese came with Sriracha sauce. Why would anyone put this red hot sauce in a cheese sandwich?! Beats me, but I tried it anyway to see if they are on to something and apparently, they are. For some reason it works, the sauce did something to enhance the taste of the sandwich that I finished the sandwich in no time.

I was also able to try flat white, it was rich and creamy. I contemplated about buying their bestseller, s’mores but eventually decided against it.

If you're going to San Juan and you're a coffee lover like me, you shouldn't miss El Union Coffee.

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Angel S.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Zai M.
5.0 Stars
3

"Is it too late now to say s'more-y?" 128513 2nd time at El Union because I missed their s'mores. Haay. So good! Sarap na babalik-balikan 128512 We even ordered extra graham crackers. Tried their flat white iced coffee this time and it tastes okay. I liked the dirty horchata (tried it last time) better. I will try their sandwich next time. If you happen to be in LU, El Union is a place you shouldn't miss. 128512128077🏻

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Muffy T.
5.0 Stars
4

Horchata and s'mores.. All day everyday 128525 the grilled cheese sandwich is also super good. No words!

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Muffy T.
5.0 Stars
2

One of the best places to hang in san juan. Good food, coffee, and company!

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Sandy P.
5.0 Stars
3

Yaay! Finally! We have tried the famous El Union Coffee in LU. A must visit place! 128151 We had our breakfast here on our last day. We ordered:

Grilled Cheese which is a perfect one for me! The cheese is sooo thick with Sriracha Hot Sauce on the side which makes a perfect taste! (P150)

Pancake with Nutella is also good, it has some special taste on their butter, i guess it's the lemon plus a maple syrup!
(P190)

Of course, their best seller Indoor S'mores (Large - P300) The blend of marshmallows and nutella makes it even more scrumptious! We enjoyed it so much that we finished it quickly! Haha 128514 (P300- Large; P160- Small)

For our drinks, we ordered for Iced Dirty White, well nothing special about it. It's tastes just a typical iced coffee. (P120)

We stayed at the bar cause other seats were occupied.

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Zai M.
5.0 Stars

After a scrumptious dinner at Gefseis Greek Grill, we went to El Union for dessert and coffee. Like Gefseis, it moved to a new and better location, the beach front 10084️. It has a nice hippie ambiance. Their menu include iced drinks, hot coffee, sandwiches, pancakes and desserts such as skillet cookie and their famous s'mores. We ordered the folowing:

Indoor S'mores: (Large - Php 300, Small - Php 160) it was heavenly! The toasted mallows blended perfectly with nutellaa. It tasted so good that we even ordered extra graham crackers 128514

Dirty Horchata: (Php 140) One of their special ice drinks. It is a rice milk concoction with cinnamon and a shot of espresso. I love anything with cinnamon that's why I liked it so much 128525

Dirty White (Php 120) -my friends ordered this. It tasted good, too!

This place is a must-visit in Elyu! Nice ambiance and the staff are so accommodating 128077🏻 (Visit my blog for more photos @ El Union)128512

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Veronica A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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