Recession Coffee

3/F Eastwood Mall, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (C5), Eastwood City, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Recession Coffee
4.0
4.0 Stars

21 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 6
  • 4 stars 10
  • 3 stars 4
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 22 Reviews
  • 94 Recommend
  • 21 Reviewers
Category:
Coffee
Business Hours
Reopens Wed: 11:00a - 10:00p

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Ellaine D.
4.0 Stars
2

This is what we got for 75pesos. Finally got the chance to try this coffee place. I was a bit shy that is how much I'm willing to pay for my coffee. Even so, enjoyed our stay and got the chance to chat with my friend.

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EJ B.
5.0 Stars

I did it again... Php10.00 lang binayad ko. Hahaha! 128514

Iced White Coffee - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5

#ilovetoeat 12851510084

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Eboy D.
4.0 Stars
3

It's true! Pay what you feel is just and right for your cup of coffee. Since we have a small humble farm in Laguna, I think I have an idea what the market value of coffee beans are. I paid xxxx for our cup. Their flat white is good. I still think Toby's Estate does it the best.

What i like is Scout's Honor's Matcha Chocolate Brownie. It was served warm and the combination is divine. Perfect with the cup of coffee.

Service is quick and the interior blends well with the digital store. It is also immaculately clean and smells good. Senior card honored but i think pay for what is right for your coffee and tip generously.

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars
3

Recession Coffee has made a name for itself with their pay what you want system.  The owners have balls of steel,  this system is a double edged sword - make or break situation. 

Pay what you want  bets on the Filipino concept of "Hiya".   Customers calls the shots on the amount they want to shell out.  I'd like to believe that it's working well for Recession as they are still in business.  I figured that majority of the customers pay for the  "acceptable amount"

Anyway,  i still have a couple of minutes to kill so i figured a cup of flat white  will not hurt.  The barista asked me "how much do you want to pay for your coffee?"  My inner kuripot got shot down,  i blurted out "100"

Okay,  now i get it.  I planned to shell out 50 bucks but the moment she popped the question,  i got hit with massive amounts of " hiya"

The only beef i have with third wave coffee joints is that they dont use coffee mugs,  it is very challenging to hold a glass with pipping hot coffee.  Anyway,  my flat white is good,  smooth with a strong coffee taste.  I got my money's worth.

Scout's Honor supplies all their pastries.  I got a  black sesame brownie with matcha frosting.  This is good,  not too sweet. Very subtle black sesame flavor,  the matcha frosting adds an interesting contrast of flavors - cohesive.  I'd still eat this sans the matcha, i swear.

Recession didn't disappoint.  Cool coffee joint with a unique concept.

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EJ B.
5.0 Stars
5

Did you know that I got my Flat White for only Php10.00 at Recession Coffee located inside the Digital Walker of Eastwood Mall.

Yes! It's a "PAY WHAT YOU WANT SYSTEM" Any amount... you can pay starting at Php1.00. They will served same quality of coffee and you will received a sticker in you coffee glass depends on what amount you'd paid:

Above Php200.00 - Marry Us
Php200.00 - You make us moist with tears
Php150.00 - You set a great example
Php100.00 - You're the water to our coffee beans
Php50.00 - Living on a prayer, eh?
Below Php50.00 - We hope you get that job!

And all the cakes and pastries from Recession Coffee are from Scout's Honor. I tried the colorful #LoveWins Chocolate Cake for Php150.00. Scout's Honor made this cake for gender equality.

Flat White - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5
"Well crafted even though I only pay Php10.00 for it and the counter was shocked when I said the amount for the coffee. Hahaha!"128514128514128514

Scout's Honor #LoveWins Chocolate Cake - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5 128077🏼

Recession Coffee located at the Digital Walker Store, 3rd Floor, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City

#ilovetoeat 12851510084

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Abbey A.
2.0 Stars

Over a month ago, right before my first ever looloo rendezvoos, I finally had a chance to give Recession Coffee a try. Yay! Or was it more of nay??

I had three main reasons for wanting to try this place: 1. I had high hopes that the coffee was good. 2. I found the #paywhatyouwant concept interesting 3. The stickers they put on your glass depending on what you pay for looked like it would make for a good Instagram post.

Verdict: NAY!!!!

1. The iced Flat White I got did not live up to my expectations… It was too acidic for me. Huhu Do the baristas know their coffee? Cause it didn’t seem like it and it would help if they did… I would have been better off getting something to eat.

2. It would have also been better if I had to pay after having a taste of my order. But it doesn’t work that way; you have to pay before claiming your order. You would think they’d give you good coffee after paying P200, but my P200 was obviously not worth it because I felt ripped off for not enjoying my coffee.

3. The sticker was pretty cool though. It read: You make us moist (with tears), which got me a few likes on Instagram haha but nah, not worth it… shame on me. That was a bad move.

I would not go here again, even if they paid me to have their coffee. It was really disappointing. Even the cool interior would not make up for it.

In my opinion, it’s not worth a try.

#50ksummergiveaway

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Cette D.
4.0 Stars

I was really curious when I first saw this place or rather the first time I read about this place here in looloo. Saan aabot ang bente mo? This should really be the tag line. 128517 Tho my mom paid for 50 pesos. Hahaha! The concept was really for people to enjoy good coffee. Sadly, it was too strong for me, I had to put tons of sugar in it. 128529 The cookie was good. It's not for free ah! Haha! Sobra na. lol but they have other goodies for free.

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Katrina V.
4.0 Stars

Got totally curious with the unique concept of this coffee shop- you decide how much you shell out for your cup of coffee..hmm. So one fine evening after a catch-up dinner with friends, we went here to try their coffee. I think this one I ordered is a Flat White which I paid for 150. It was frothy and had just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness, the way I like it. Ambiance had a chill vibe to it and their space is shared with a gadget accessories store. It would be interesting to come back here and see where a 100 bucks go.128516 Will try their sweet treats next time too.128522

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Jess R.
3.0 Stars

The concept was good and quite unique if I might add but if I'm willing to spend at least P130 for coffee I'd still rather go to my usual coffee shops because of the size. They serve their coffee on glasses, same as in Bali. The place seemed like a good spot to rest after a tiring day at the mall, the best part is you get to see gadgets you don't necessarily need but find interesting.128513 As the shop is inside digital walker. The store is actually on the 4th level, inside Eastwood mall.

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Julie L.
5.0 Stars

It's a refreshing concept to let the customer decide how much a cup of coffee cost without depriving them of the quality.
128077🏼

#coffeelover

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John Paul P.
4.0 Stars

The sweet is good...the coffee is good...u can pay the coffee whatever price u want...from 50pesos to 200pesos and above...

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Samantha D.
3.0 Stars

This is a cool concept. Props to them for putting customer satisfaction on their first priority through their payment system. Ordered a lattè and a slice of the famous #LoveWins cake. Loved their coffee. It was really strong and you can taste that they use good coffee beans. Down side though, the cake was really dry and instead of using chocolate frosting, they used chocolate ganache in between the layers. Hmm, I didn't like that part. Maybe their other pastries are good. Oh they also have cookies by Scout's Honor!

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Tracy M.
4.0 Stars

I keep forgetting to add the #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway hashtag LOL BUT HERE WE GO

Anyway, been visiting Recession Coffee every now and then since it opened (shame on me for not reviewing!), and it just keeps getting better! I've bumped into the awesome Dan Matutina several times here, the one responsible for all the design awesomeness of the shop!

Way to guilt trip you with the stickers they attach to your glass reflecting just how much you pay, haha, but if you pay well, then guilt not included! Set a good example, y'all. If you're willing to pay P150 for Starbucks then you should just as well be willing to dish out the same for Recession—the iced latte is good, wven without sugar syrup! Or maybe that's me being more "grown up" with the lack of added sugar to my coffee? Haha!

Recession is a nice alternative to Starbucks if you want to sit and get some work done. Plus points for having some tech gadgets you might suddenly need to purchase? Haha!

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Julienne Y.
5.0 Stars

"How much do you want to pay for your coffee, ma'am?" Said the cashier as we finalized my order. I froze and stared at her a full minute with my mouth agape. "What?" i finally managed to utter. She repeated her question and explained, "you price your coffee ma'am, that's our concept." I stared at her some more trying to figure out if she was messing with me. She looked dead serious. I came to an evil realization, "so I can pay One Peso for my coffee?" Without missing a beat, Ate Cashier responded "yes if you feel that's what you want to pay." I proceeded to interview her out of curiosity if anyone had done such a thing and yes someone has.. kind of.

There's a sign above the cashier that guides you on how much to pay. As tempting as it was to pay P1, I didn't want to be a d-bag. So guided by my familiarity with 3rd wave shops, dual degree in Starbucksism & CBTLology and lastly by personal opinion, I paid P100 for my 8oz iced latte. I love the concept!

Before you judge me, yes, I paid less than the standard P150 for coffee. I personally feel that the general (most coffee places) standard is overpriced because even if the beans are supposedly better quality, the cup sizes are shrinking. Not a fan of this trend. So there.

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Ruth S.
3.0 Stars

"How much are you willing to pay for your coffee, Ma'am?"

When I first read a review about this place, I got really curious and interested. How would I answer that question? I'm so excited to see if they would accept payments as low as 10pesos or 1peso. I think I can do that! 128521

Good thing, our team will be going to Eastwood I will be able to go see this place for myself. Right after our bowling activity, I went here with my friend. This is located inside Digital Walker (3F, Eastwood Mall). Just a small cafe inside a store, there are a lot of tables. Though small, it is decorated nicely. You really get the "i'm in a cafe feels". Plus, the witty phrases everywhere especially about the price range/amount you'll be paying. Cool, chill lang! 128521 This can be a good meeting/waiting place, or when you're tired of walking you just want to rest for awhile. I don't think you can stay here long (like for studying or doing officeworks). 128517 The menu is limited to just coffee (black, white, and brewed; iced or hot) and some cookies, brownies, and cakes. Condiments area is on the side so you can adjust the taste of your coffee.

We tried the Hot White Latte (which according to them is their bestseller) and a slice of the #LoveWins chocolate cake (150 pesos). 128513

During our visit, we arrived at around 1030pm, their daily price average was around 97 pesos. When asked how much I was willing to pay... Crooo crooo. I honestly don't know what to say, I was thinking 50? 128563128563128563 Nakakahiya pala talaga!! 128517128514 So I asked, how much the last person paid? 50pesos, so I said sige 50!! Then I got hiya, sige na nga 70pesos na ate hahaha (20 peso difference and I'm still living on a prayer 128517). How was the taste? Since it's late already na, I just tasted a bit and gave it to my uncle (for waiting for me to finish and bringing me home!). He said it was okay naman. Usual coffee. He didn't add any sugar or anything so I guess it's good and okay na as it is haha 128521128523 The cake was okay. Not moist moist, it was heavy and dry. Just not something I would buy again or recommend. 128517

Service was good. Staffs were very nice!! 128077🏼

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Isha S.
4.0 Stars

Having a nice stroll around Eastwood mall, when we decided to check out some stuff at Digital Walker. Saw that there was a cafe that was sharing the space, and I decided to sit down and chill a bit.

The servers are all smiles and accommodating. I decided on a flat white and their #LoveWins rainbow cake slice. They also offer cookies from Scout's Honor. The cake cost 150 pesos and the barista then asked me how much I was willing to pay for my coffee. Even if I haven't tasted it yet. Huwaaat? #taketherisk I looked up and there was a sign with a range from 200 to 50 and arrows going above and below. Well, I wanted to see if i-ppush talaga nila pero nahiya naman ako kung piso lang hahaha so I said "fifty?" and they charged me 50 pesos. I even got a handful of their free candies and chocolates (flat tops, etc.) that was placed in a jar beside the cashier. Lol how low can you go. 128514

They have a couple of tables and chairs surrounding the counter with signs on them containing tips on how to "survive the recession" including "prowl the food court for passable leftovers" and "save water, shower with your lover...or dog". Haha. I got my orders after a couple of minutes. They serve all their coffees (hot or not) in a short glass. The flat white was good (would've been willing to pay about a hundred pesos for it). The cake was nothing special for me though. It was kind of dry and didn't really pack much of a punch flavor-wise.

Overall, pretty cool concept and I'd be willing to come back for more and pay more generously since di na masyadong tag-hirap haha.

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Carlo A.
4.0 Stars

The concept of recession coffee is something unique as they don't give a price for their coffee. You're the one who's going to price them. So, let say you feel so good, and you want to spend 200 for their coffee or you are really short of cash and you only have 50, both are acceptable to them -> they'll serve you a small glass of coffee. Yes, the coffee is served on a glass, at least mine and the few people I saw at the store. It's just a bit awkward that the coffee is served on a glass, they should better invest on nice cups at least.

Anyway, the coffee are all unsweetened, so you'll really taste how strong their coffee is. And I mean, they are really strong. I already put three sachet of sugar, but it still strong. But, the coffee's tastes is soo good. But, i just think that the amount I paid is too much for a latte, on a small glass.

Then the cake, is delicious. It is a perfect pair for their coffee.

Next time, I will try to pay a different amount to see if there will be changes on the quality of their coffee.

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Camille P.
5.0 Stars

It's coffee shop inside Digital walker that has a Pay-what-you-want concept. It's like paying for their coffee's worth. Their menu and pricing are not your usual kind. Staff/baristas are really knowledgable and they really know their craft. The coffee is really good and well prepared. Do stop by and check it out,their interiors are simple,clean but has it's own modern zing.128076🏼

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April H.
4.0 Stars

Ma'am, how much are you WILLING to pay for your coffee?

Pay what you want to pay for your coffee-- that's Recession Coffee's concept... Service to the masses during a recession!128513

It's a novel concept, wherein you are in the drivers' seat all the way... Take note, you have to pay before you taste your coffee, no cheating!128540 It was funny to see the looks on people's faces when they were asked how much they were WILLING to pay for their coffee... A play on the deeply ingrained Filipino sense of HIYA. Is HIYA still applicable for today's generation?

They have 3 kinds of beans and they can turn it into a flat white, latte, americano or cappuccino... I went for their bestselling white matter blend and made it into the flat white. It was okay, you know that they use good quality beans and milk. Bf had the iced Americano using the dark matter blend... My take on it? Pang-tatay ang lasa! Bitter and full-bodied, not for the faint of heart nor the faint of stomach!

They partnered up with Scout's Honor for their cookies and brownies. But we went for the Honey Ombre cake during our visit... It's such a delightful and pretty cake with lovely yellow layers... They also have a Lovewins cake, which you have probably seen on IG, with beautiful multicolored layers of sponge... The cakes and cookies are on the expensive side, probably to make sure they earn!128517

If you like structure, like me, they do have a sample pricelist for you to get an idea of how much to pay for your cup of joe... Well, you can't claim that their coffee is overpriced, that's for sure!128513 I liked being part of this pseudo social experiment and I wouldn't mind coming back...

So, what do you think? How much are you WILLING to pay for your coffee?

Btw, this is another pet-friendly store. Just be careful since they are actually sharing the space with Digital Walker...

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Rica R.
5.0 Stars

I love the concept! I ordered a flat white and they asked me how much I'm willing to pay for my coffee, and I asked if they will let me taste first but I had to pay outright. Decided to pay P100 for it, and the vedict: it's really good! It's probably really worth commercially P130-P140. They ran out of to go cups so I drank my coffee inside, and the cup had a sticker so you can actually find out the range of how much people paid for your coffee! Asked them how much was the lowest amount they got, it's P1.00 (but the person ended up going back to the cashier to pay more), then max amount they got was P250 for coffee.

Am I coming back again? Yes, definitely!

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