Fundamental Coffee

Park Terraces Bldg., A. Arnaiz Ave., Makati, Metro Manila

Fundamental Coffee
4.5
4.5 Stars

15 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 8
  • 4 stars 7
  • 3 stars 0
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 16 Reviews
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  • 15 Reviewers
Category:
Coffee
Business Hours
Open: 7:00a - 11:00p

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 7:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars
7

My eyes turn to hearts every time I get word that there's a new coffee shop in town. But those hearts get broken into pieces when I find out that these cafes are not exactly near or impossible to get to with the current traffic situation. Luckily, being a full time blogger now allows me to be visit areas during less busy hours and I finally got to visit Fundamental Coffee.

Hello, Fundamental Coffee.

I almost missed this coffee shop as I thought it is inside Glorietta. However, it is actually located at the ground floor of Park Terraces across Glorietta 2. It was a good thing that it wasn't raining when I dropped by as it would have been a bit difficult if it was drizzling.

I was greeted by a modern industrial space with a menu board that looks like the ones you see in old school theaters and chapels.

I asked for the bestsellers and decided to go with Chicken and Cheese Toast (PHP195) and a cup of Old Fashioned Cappuccino (PHP135).

The place was pretty packed at 3 p.m. so I had no choice but to enjoy my coffee by the bar table against the window. At least I get natural light for my photos.

It took around 10 minutes before my coffee was served and another 10 minutes for my toast. Though it was quite a long wait compared to other cafes I've been to, I didn't mind it at all as its fast internet kept me entertained.

I was pleasantly surprised to see my cappuccino torched and be served like creme brulee. And it was done not just for show. It tasted great!

Though it may be a bit too sweet for some coffee lovers, I really enjoyed this cup of happiness. The crystallized sugar added texture to the drink making it stand out from other cappuccinos.

The Chicken and Cheese toast was pretty good as well.

It may be steep for a single toast but it was quite filling. The toast had a generous topping of flavorful chicken chunks with cheese filling the gap. It also went very well with my drink.

I can't wait to head back to try the other savory dishes. I'll also try Fundamental Coffee's flat white next time.

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Marti M.
5.0 Stars

The Fundamental Coffee cold brew. Still my favorite. P160 for a tall glass.

It's not as strong as Starbucks, not as sweet as Bo's. The flavor is definitely there.

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Norman Lester T.
5.0 Stars
5

Coffee + card game + cool friends = happiness.

Last Saturday, Cindy S, Edison A and I decided to have coffee / tea first before heading home after an event. We've been keeping a list of must-try coffee shops in Makati so we thought that this was the right time to cross out one cafe in that list. We all agreed to pay Fundamental Coffee a visit.

All the good spots in the cafe were already occupied so we just stayed outside. After browsing the menu, we decided to have the following.

** Hot Matcha (150php)
Yes, I'm still obsessed with matcha. I ordered this one to get my matcha fix. The matcha taste was evident and it had a nice latte art. This drink reminded me of Starbucks' matcha latte. It was good, but I prefer stronger matcha taste and less milk.

** Double Mocha (160php)
This was Cindy's order. It was so instagenic but when it was my turn to take a picture of this drink, it was not pretty anymore. Well, because of the cream. I didn't have the chance to taste this tbh, but Cindy was all praises for it.

** Chai Tea (140php)
Not really a fan of Chai Tea, but this was good. It has this unique taste which is well-appreciated by chai tea lovers.

** Chocolate Chip Cookie
This was moist which I loved. It's on the sweet side but I still liked it given I only had few bites.

Interiors are good. I love the earth colors of their furnitures. Service was just okay. The server didn't give us water initially but when she realized this, she immediately handed us a bottle of water and 3 glasses.

What made this stay a really good one? Because of our fun game Exploding Kittens!!! Btw, this was my prize for winning in the latest #UnicornGiveaway by |ooloo. 128153 Since we stayed outside the coffee shop, it's okay to get as noisy as we can. It's a good game to test one's strategy and luck. It's crazy!!!

Thank you |ooloo for the card game! I love it!!!! 10024127881128539

P.S. Fundamental Coffee also serves food. I heard they have toasts, salad, and even rice bowls. 128539

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Edison A.
4.0 Stars
6

A minimalist cafe sitting quietly near the hustle and bustle of Ayala EDSA will bring you back to the basics of coffee drinking.

We ordered the Chai and Matcha for a saturday afternoon chill with friends for PhP140 each.

It's good but nothing too special. The latte art is nice and the place is just right for a peaceful time.
We'll try the food some other time.

4/5 9786

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Chieo O.
4.0 Stars
6

Crossing over to Park Terraces from G2, we tried the coffee happenings at Fundamental Coffee .....gotta love the modern minimalist interiors up to its menu wall, with this luxe feel of black and gold palette going on 12852210084128077🏻

Truly, back to basics ala al fresco mode with their Old Fashioned Cappuccino in its classic cup and saucer which looked familiar :) Perfect on this recent windy and chilly night! It had me at the taste of its torched muscovado sugar!

My Iced Chocolate reminded me of my yesteryears as well, it tasted like magnolia chocolait in its classic bottle 12852210084128077🏻

The small vintage glasses look cool however I'm not fond of the house water bottle, feels medicinal to me hehehe128518128518128518

Their meals look like a potential gastronomic find! Shall Return!

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Cindy S.
5.0 Stars
2

Been wanting to visit Fundamental Coffee ever since they opened last year. Finally went here yesterday afternoon with Norman Lester T and Edison A after coming from a Christening party.

I had a Double Mocha and Chocolate Chip Cookie, Norman Lester T had a Matcha Latte and Edison A had a Chai Tea Latte. All the drinks were awesone! Well, being the bias that I am, I liked my drink more. 128514 The Double Mocha was superb and it was IG worthy too!

The place is spacious and well-lit. But we opted to seat outside. Sitting outside on a lazy Saturday afternoon is a good idea sipping your coffee and people watching. I'd definitely be back to try some of their food and more of their drinks. 10084

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Marti M.
5.0 Stars
9

My first visit to Fundamental Coffee was a surprise. First of all, I wasn't expecting it to be where it is. Believe it or not, it's like going into another dimension with the quaint park ambiance that's just a stone's throw away from the busy (and noisy!) Glorietta.

The food is something I would really recommend. We were quite looking for a heavy lunch meal that's not rice or lunch pasta so we opted to get their Smoked Bacon and Eggs (P295). We didn't have a chance to see the photos from the menu (if there's any at all) but the servers advised that it's already good for sharing, and so it was when it was served. Every bit of this dish is worth the bite.

The Fundamental French Toast (P190) is recommended for the hungrier people who want a heavy dessert. Though not really included in the menu as a dessert, this French toast is quite sweet. Imagine, three huge chunks of tasty honey-sweet French toast that's prepared the unique, Fundamental Coffee way. It's huge enough for two.

Chocolate lovers would definitely love their Iced double mocha (P180). What made this mocha special is the chocolate cream on top, served in a tall glass. The hot Double Mocha (P170) is also as great!

We had to dine outside as their aircon is being fixed, nonetheless, we really enjoyed our lunch!

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Denise R.
4.0 Stars
5

Stumbled upon this new coffee shop one afternoon, while looking for an escape from the crazy Makati mall that's full of people scrambling about to finish their Christmas shopping. From afar, I actually thought it was Toby's Estate based on its signage, but turned out to be another quaint, third-wave coffee shop, waiting to be explored.

I have a recent fascination with Flat White coffee and how the same or different it tastes like, in one coffee shop to another. So I ordered a small cup of said variant, while my companion ordered their Fast Brew single original coffee. We then waited for a few minutes to judge if their coffee is worth coming back for 128522

Once orders were served, what I loved first and foremost were... the cups128556. My artsy coffee was served in this dainty, light yellow cup, with matching saucer and tiny spoon. I can imagine myself sipping my morning coffee in that cup, day in, day out. 9749

I then took a sip of my Flat White and remembered my coffee experience at Toby's, Yardstick or Craft Coffee Revolution. I love a cup of coffee and enjoy it as much as the next guy, but I'm no connoisseur and couldn't review this drink based on flavor, aroma, acidity, etc. However, overall, I loved my Flat White; this definitely found a spot in my top 5.

Ambiance and set-up wise--love this place. The bar was right smack in the middle of the coffeeshop, their menu was a huge, black and white declaration on a wall, and there were comfy (and some not-so-comfy) seats scattered around. They played very millennial-ish music which I truly enjoyed, and staff was friendly with just the right level of enthusiastic.

Needless to say, will definitely be back. Can't wait to try the food sometime and the other curious coffee flavors they offer 128522

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Anton M.
5.0 Stars
5

That was a good breakfast.

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars
5

Did you know that the brain is designed to recognize a word despite the missing letters.

FNDMNTL!  What did you say???  Oh!  Fundamental! 

Fundamental Coffee is one of the newest third wave coffee joints to grace my city.  I love coffee so my decision to swing by won't come as a surprise. 

Interior. 

True to the concept of Third Wave Coffee joints,  FNDMNTL's interior is nothing but third wave.  From the high ceilings,  down to the modern meets industrial design.  I like the fact that  coffee counter is placed in the middle of the café - perfect for customer interaction.

Note:  They use Yardstick coffee on all of their concoctions.  

Let us talk about ze coffee,  shall we?

3-in-1 caught my attention while i was checking their coffee selection.  Barista said it is a combination of Espresso x Honey x Milk.  Okay,  I'm sold.  My decision was influenced by the sheer genius and audacity to call one of their caffeine concoctions as three-in-one.  As for the taste,  i loved every sip.  This has the perfect balance of espresso and milk.  Not too strong and not too creamy. 

Apart from coffee,  they also offer sandwiches and some savory dishes.  Another reason for yours truly to come back.

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Myzyl C.
5.0 Stars
4

Slow brew sublime single origin and tomato mozzarella toast - enough to fill my merienda with new and flavorful experience. 1285229749️ I like the interiors and the servers are super friendly. The chairs are good too but I wish the tables are a bit larger haha. Other than that, everything is just great. I love the sour taste of their Sublime (Ethiopa) Single Origin with just the right amount of acidity that I'm looking for in my coffee. For the tomato & mozzarella on my toast, I believe it was the pesto that turned it to a perfect pair.

Thanks Myra L for suggesting this place. 128077🏻

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Elmer R.
5.0 Stars
2

This is how I want my cappucino and french toast.

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Eboy D.
4.0 Stars
3

While waiting for the German Film Week to commence at the nearby cinema i decided to try out this new third wave coffee shop (Dennis O's review swayed me!) The people behind the island counter will greet you with honest hellos! I love when baristas engage in small talk) I ordered a flat white (with butterscotch syrup upon the recommendation of the nice barista) and a tomato mozzarella toast. The price is OK. The flat white is exceptional! A little lukewarm and not as hot as i'd expect). I hardly tasted the syrup but it was still good. The toast reminds me of a pasta-less lasagna. The tomatoes are fresh and the cheese was salty sweet. The pesto complimented the toast.

The cafe has more stools than chairs with backrest which i do not like. I have a poor back that easily gets tired and it is hard to get a decent place to sit unless you sit outside, a minor qualm. Nice music and interiors. The people makes it a good place to visit again. Recommended.

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars
4

Just across glorietta 2, Ayala Park Terrace has rise. A condominium with spaces on the ground floor building for restaurants/coffee shop. I'm imagining this place to be similar to what Ayala did to the area around Shangrila The Fort.

1st to open is the Fundamental Coffee. A new 3rd wave coffee shop by the people behind Yardstick. The place is well lit that can easily catch your eye. I love the vibe of the place and the big black/white menu on the wall. The interior reminds me of Habitual Coffee.

Their menu has quite a list of choices from coffee/non-coffee, cold brews and foods like snawhiches and ricebowl. We try their flat white, matcha latte and chai latte. Each of the drinks were perfect for me. Just right proportion of the foamy milk. Not sure but the matcha latte was served luke warm compared to the other 2 drinks. Still it was good. The bicolana barista also gave as a shot of their cacao cold brew. It was impressive you could taste rich bitter flavor of Malagos chocolate. This is a nice choice if you are into bitter taste. The honey cold brew is best for people who are into sweet.

Overall this is a great hangout place and there are plenty of power outlet. Didn't get to ask if wifi was available.128522

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Teresa C.
5.0 Stars
2

A new found coffee shop that's hip and cool and yes, they serve good coffee! Their jamon serrano croissant is TDF.

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Josette P.
4.0 Stars
4

Fundamental Coffee is a new third wave coffee shop in our neighborhood. It's located at G/F of Park Terraces, one of Ayala's condominium just across Glorietta 2.

They had their grand opening yesterday but has been serving coffee and meals since Monday. Their menu is quite extensive offering various brews of coffee with toast, rice bowls and sandwiches or pastry to tag along your order. What I had is my usual which is Flat White since it has latte art. I'd say I like their version since it's served warm and the right mix of sweet and bitter flavor. My friend had the Old Fashioned Capp which is cappuccino topped with torched muscovado sugar making that topping a little like toasted marshmallow. Nothing too sweet as well. We tried their Banana Caramel cake which is the only available one at 8am. It's moist, very thick and rich. I like how the banana who usually empowers other ingredients mixed well with that caramel layering and frosting. It's a good partner to that coffee of yours. They're suggesting to try their cold brews especially the Almond or Honey which is unique and a first for me to hear so I'm coming back for those. Their beans are from Latin America while they use Davao produced cocoa for their chocolate drinks.

Okay, so price wise it's a little pricey considering the sizes. They usually have sizes of 7 or 8 ounces with the biggest at 12 oz. So, for my venti friends or usual 16 oz person, you might feel deprived with their sizing. But the place is very comfortable. I like the interiors plus their menu is very appealing. It could perhaps be their greatest charm as its carefully spelled in blocks. I also like their playlist, very chill. They open at 7am so it's perfect for that early morning grab. Staffs are nice and are very much willing to explain everything on the menu. They still do not have wifi yet but have plugs for those who wish to work or study without anything related to cyberspace.

I'd say this is a good place to try and is seated right at that hustle bustle Makati district. This isn't yet for the students but perfect for the Titas or chit chat with friends. Haven't tried the diversity of their menus so there's always a room for next time and more reviews.

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