El Union Coffee

MacArthur Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

El Union Coffee
4.6
4.5 Stars

64 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 47
  • 4 stars 12
  • 3 stars 4
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 71 Reviews
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Category:
Coffee
Business Hours
Open: 7:00a - 9:00p

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

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Parking:
Parking Lot

Most Recent Reviews

Kevinross B.
5.0 Stars

Perfect place to get breakfast when you’re in San Juan La Union. Grilled cheese with Bacon Jam and Sriracha on the side plus Horchata was THE BEST! Probably the reason why I would go back to Elyu. 128514

It’s pricey, but worth the try! 128076🏼

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Josette P.
4.0 Stars
2

Since my disappointing coffee at The Coffee Library, I had to hit El Union for some caffeine boost. Unfortunately again Dirty Horchata is not available 128546 Food wise, my Elyu trip has been a roller coaster one. Haha. So I had their Cold Brew Latte which is interesting since it has a smooth coffee and milk blend. It gives off quite a caffeine kick. Really enjoyed it. El Union is always the reliable caffeine place it has always been. It’s pretty chaotic on weekends so make sure to have your patience with you.

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Inna A.
2.0 Stars

I ordered the Horchata; 3/4 nung glass was ice, and the Horchata was not as thick as it should be. I was not satisfied.

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Jacqueline Sweden S.
5.0 Stars

Make sure to drop by at El Union when in La Union. We tried the Nitro Cold Brew and S’mores. It’s a delicious bitter sweet combination. S’mores was sooooo goood! Planning to go there again later to have S’mores. 🤤

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Anna D.
5.0 Stars
3

Grilled cheese with bacon jam. Arguably the best grilled cheese I’ve ever tried. The additional 40php for the jam is worth it guys don’t scrimp on this!

Dirty Horchata. Also (and still arguably) the best horchata I’ve ever tried. A close to perfect concoction of rice milk with just the right shot of espresso that doesn’t overpower the whole drink. Lovely.

And then of course we have the Indoor S’mores. For me, the small version is already large enough for four people to share since the dessert is extremely sinful, what with all the marshmallow and Nutella goodness. Be prepared to shell out additional money for extra grahams. This is best paired with a Dirty White, their iced version of flat white, which is another favorite of mine and one of the most well-balanced version I’ve tried.

No one goes to and leaves La Union without at least trying El Union and come back again and again each time. I’ve watched it grow and change over the years while continuing to serve consistently great food and coffee, and sustain a charming community that never fails to give off a sense of belongingness.

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Norman Lester T.
5.0 Stars

I couldn’t believe that this is going to be my first review of this coffee shop here on |ooloo ‘coz I’ve been here like more than 10 times already. There’s something about this place, I’m not sure if it’s magic or magnet or what but I just keep on coming back.

My default order is their Dirty Horchata. Well if you read Denise J’s article on |ooloo insights (see what I did there? I’m reading!!!), horchata (pronounced as or-cha-ta) is a drink that the Spaniards invented. It was originally called horchata de chufa but later on just called horchata as Mexicans used rice as main ingredient instead of chufa nuts. There are a lot of variations now in this drink and one of my favorites is the one with coffee in it.

El Union’s version is very refreshing with strong kick of caffeine. It has cinnamon powder on top which I find very addicting. You couldn’t just leave Elyu without trying this drink.

Five stars for El Union. As always. 10084

Hello Cindy S Angela Marie C and THE perfect Sandy P 128517

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Cindy S.
5.0 Stars
2

Everytime I go to El Union Coffee and write a review, it’s always about coffee and that damn addicting Dirty Horchata. So this time, food naman! 128514

In the photos are two of their bestsellers, Grilled Cheese and Buttermilk Pancakes! Their Grilled Cheese is always gooood! I believe many would agree with me, I love the crunchy outer layer of the toast then the gooey cheesy inside. Though it’s super bitin, seriously. 128531 I dunno if matakaw lang ako but one order is not enough. HAHA! Annnd, the Buttermilk Pancakes are TDF! Super fluffy and thick, it’s perf with the bacon jam. 🤤

Still wishing they’d bring their food on their pop-up coffee bar in BGC. Hehe.

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Roegan T.
4.0 Stars

A trip to LU wouldn't be complete without stopping by El Union Coffee -- you ask why? Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Dirty Horchata!

To be honest, I find the sandwich to be really small for its price (Php160 + 40 for bacon jam). BUT the awesome taste of grilled wheat bread and cheese (mozzarella and more cheese?) was so good that I wanted to order another one.

The Dirty Horchata was pretty good too. It's Php120 well-spent on coffee rather than getting mediocre coffee from famous coffee shops.

Service was pretty straightforward. They get and give your order with a smile. :) Typical elyu -- everyone's just nice!

I can't wait to go back here again. I'd definitely recommend this to friends and family. I'll also make sure to buy 3 orders of Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

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Cindy S.
5.0 Stars
2

One shall never leave LU without having a glass (or three) of Dirty Horchata. 128514128525 I swear there’s just something in this drink that has its hooks on people!

Horchata is a Hispanic drink made of ground rice, almonds, milk, cinnamon and other spices. Dirty Horchata because El Union added espresso to it. This drink is an insane crowd favorite. It’s refreshing and also provides you the caffeine kick you need.

I also had a sip of their Flat White. Also insanely good. Seriously, there’s nothing on El Union’s menu that’s bad. Lol. 128517

We visited LU on a very busy weekend and most of the people seem to flock to El Union Coffee, it’s like the new “It” place where the cool kids hangout. Haha! I was craving for their pancakes when we were there but sadly they weren’t taking orders for food anymore. Only drinks. That’s how jampacked the place was. 128566

Anyway, El Union Coffee has a “not so secret” pop-up store in BGC! Imagine my intense delight when I found out. 128514 Message Norman Lester T to know where. HAHA! 974997499749

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Joey M.
4.0 Stars
4

The quaint ambiance boasts of classic La Union beachfront and surfing vibes. Their coffee offerings vary for aficionados and amateurs alike, based on their composition - however, you’d be likely to come across better-tasting coffee elsewhere, if that’s the main criteria. I’d recommend the horchata iced coffee for that mild cacao-milk twist. The s’mores is abundant in chocolate and mallow, but could use more graham crackers for proportionality’s sake. I’d suggest this for those up for that sugar-high, due to its extremely sweet taste.

The place is aesthetically pleasing, rendering the place great for photo-taking. Overall, the experience was great; the servers are welcoming and the open-air resto contrasts the iced coffee nicely.

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Maye D.
5.0 Stars

I only tried Smores when we visited El Union since it’s the most talked about item on the menu. I’d say it’s not for people who don’t have a sweet tooth, but for me it deserves the hype. I like how they run the place. Customers aren’t king since they’re strict about their claygo policy. If you don’t clean up and attempt to leave, they will actually call your attention.

I think what’s more amazing other than the food and drinks is the laid back vibe of the place. It probably reflects the style of the owners. I read an article where it says that the owners of El Union permanently escaped the city life and move to Elyu from Manila. They brought their kids along who are now “unschooled”. I learned a lot about “unschooled” children because of them. Their desire to live a simple life by the beach is quite inspiring. I loved El Union even more when I read about the backstory.

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Vinny L.
3.0 Stars
3

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El Union Coffee’s famous bites: Indoor S’mores and Grilled Cheese. Maybe I didn’t order their bestsellers on my first visit so it may not have ended up as a delightful coffee experience. But the thing is, if your store name has "coffee" in it, all your coffee selections must be top-notch. You can't call yourself a cafe with just a chosen few to be tagged as awesome coffee and the rest are just sub-par blends.

According to Instagram users, this local café is a must-visit in San Juan. We had high expectations for their coffee, but after tasting their Nitrogen Cold Brew and Mocha creations, we’ve come to a conclusion: You’ve had a better cup of joe elsewhere. (This is why I don’t trust Instagram when it comes to food and drinks.)

But their Indoor S’mores and Grilled Cheese with additional bacon jam are a good combination for breakfast. The s’mores, even in its small serving, is a simple and sweet guilty pleasure, and balancing the food act is the medley of mozzarella, cheddar, a generous amount of bacon bits in between perfectly grilled and buttered slices of bread. This café has perfected the comforting snacks we love.

Among the other things you’ll love about El Union are the owners’ kids, Cadence, Dylan and Adam. The little folks are used to tourists in their surf town and are naturally warm and friendly, sitting beside your table to ask how your vacation is so far. Dylan even showed us the second floor of the café, where you can chill on beanie bags and read their small collection of books. You’re also gonna see these kids around the beach come afternoon.

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Steffhanie S.
5.0 Stars
4

When in ElYu, one shouldn't miss the chance to stop by and hang out at El Union Coffee.

A hip, laid-back and welcoming coffee shop, both locals and tourists alike frequent the place because of its simple yet visually pleasing interiors and its straightforward and totally delicious drinks and snacks.

For myself, I got the Dirty Horchata and Smores which are amongst their bestsellers. My friends got the Sweet Chai O' Mine, Cappuccino and Cold Espresso.

The Dirty Horchata was one favorite of the crowd. Its Western taste, combining wheat, milk, etc. made it really refreshing for my tastebuds. The Smores was so sinful given that it was perfectly baked and the chocolate was lit!

The Sweet Chai O' Mine, another bestseller, tasted like lemon iced tea but more organic and healthy. The two others were just the usual.

Always, I wont get tired of going back here because why not, it's really one of the must visits in LU! ♥️

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Reann G.
5.0 Stars
3

Ordered S'mores that's good for 4-6 people and later on realized that we could've just ordered the one that's good for 1-2 persons. It was yummy and was overflowing with all sorts of sweetness! It was too sweet for my liking tbh, but still wouldnt take a pass on it while in Elyu!

We also had drinks - dirty white, dirty horchata and iced mocha! The dirty white was really good, you can have it sweetened if you're not so much into drinking strong coffee.

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Jackie S.
5.0 Stars
5

El Union should be the first place to go to when craving for coffee and dessert in La Union.

Their best seller would be the Iced Dirty White, you can order it neat or sweetened. They also serve S'mores and Skillet Cookie, though you kinda look for a scoop of Vanilla ice cream to compliment that warm cookie dough.

Also try their Grilled Cheese Sandwich which they serve with Sriracha hot sauce. 128076

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars
4

Cool stuff. Great service. Just order anything. 128541

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Unisse C.
5.0 Stars
10

This coffee shop was on my DEFINITELY SHOULD AND MUST VISIT list on our trip to ELYU. 10084️ I've seen so many photos and heard so many great things about the food and food so it would be a sin to miss it!

When we arrived at around 3PM on Saturday, the place was packed! 128563 I was surprised to see that it had very little seating space. There were 3 tables I think and some seats by the bar. It was quite cramped. But luckily, while we were deciding what to order, a group left and we got a table! 127881

Despite the heat, we stayed for over an hour. 128518 Mainly because we ordered so many food. 128517

9749️ DRINKS
• Horchata (PHP 120)
This is a drink originating from Mexico which is basically rice milk with vanilla extract, cinnamon and almond essence. It was a very light drink and our friend had two glasses of this. 128514

• Dirty Horchata (PHP 150)
Add a shot of espresso to the Horchata and you get a Dirty Horchata. I was actually really happy with this drink. It wasn't too strong and it wasn't too milky either. Maybe because it was using rice milk and not regular milk that's why I enjoyed it better. A good balance to all the sweet stuff we had.

• Dirty Draft Latte (PHP 150)
I didn't get to taste this one very well since I only had a sip. But it didn't leave a bad impression. This is their recommended coffee 128077🏼

• Nitro Cold Brew (PHP 120)
My friend J wanted to try the cold brew after finishing her Dirty Draft Latte and we all got wide eyed after taking a sip. To quote, "It's as black as my soul" 128514 Yes it was very strong. But it was also very very good. If only I wasn't watching my caffeine intake, I would have had one myself. 128517

🧀 FOOD
• Grilled Cheese (PHP 160) / with Bacon Jam (+PHP 40)
‼️‼️ BEST GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH EVER ‼️‼️
I cannot emphasize this enough!!! 100841008410084️ We were all excited to try the Grilled Cheese Sandwich so we ordered 3 (for 5 people) and eventually the other 2 wanted another one so our table ended up having 4 grilled cheese sandwiches. 128514

OOZING CHEESE 🧀 BACON JAM 🥓 What more can you ask for??? The bread 127838 was toasted to perfection!!! PLUS THAT SRIRACHA! 🌶 Yum! Definitely a good match!

I WANT MORE. 128557

127850 DESSERT
• Indoor S'mores (Small PHP 160 - Big PHP 300)
We got the small order only because we still had the cookie and dishes from Great Gamble. The small order was enough despite it's size. The marshmallows were perfectly torched 10084️ The insides were gooey and chocolatey, the top was hard and had a bit of a crunch! Good to have some strong coffee with it because of its sweetness.

• Skillet Cookie (PHP 240)
They had 2 types of the skillet cookie - classic chocolate chip and milo cookie. We opted for the classic despite my curiosity for the milo cookie. 128514 This was the last item to be served because it took a while to bake in the oven. But it was worth the wait! 128525 The chocolate chip cookie was heavenly!!! Crispy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside!!! 10084️ Every bite we took had chocolate chips in it! It was also quite sweet so best to pair it with coffee. 128077🏼

OVERALL, El Union Coffee did not disappoint. 10084️ Hope to come back again!!!

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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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