Hineleban Café: Serving Local Coffee with a Higher Purpose
Coffee is perhaps the most popular beverage in the world right now. Many people even say their day only begins after drinking a cup of their favorite espresso or macchiato, and that coffee helps them survive the day, especially a day in the office.
Filipinos love coffee and hence the birth of many cafés in the county. More so, there are cafés where every cup tells a story. Located at 830 Arnaiz Avenue in San Lorenzo Village, Makati is Hineleban Café. Its passion to provide its guests a healthy cup of coffee while helping local farmers of Bukidnon and aiding the restoration of mountain ranges in the province sets it apart from other artisan cafés.
Hineleban Café shares the space with a surf-and-bike shop, creating an indoor vibe that encourages guests to explore the outdoors. A wall near the bar displays photographs of local farmers to make a visit to the café more personal.
The café serves healthy food and drinks. In fact, they use adlai as a healthier alternative for rice. Adlai is a heritage grain from Mindanao. It is low-glycemic, gluten-free, and high in protein. Their must-tries include Sweet and Spicy Basil Chiken Adlai Bowl, which is thigh fillet chicken in oyster sauce, turmeric, garlic, and birds eye chili, and Longganisa Bolognese Adlai Pasta, which is Vigan longganisa ragout, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and basil. Their bestseller beverages include pour-over Kalita and Coco Mocha.
Hineleban Café is in partnership with Hineleban Foundation, Inc. of Bukidnon. A purchase of a bag of coffee beans gives you a unique code – and a tree that you can name yourself. The code is printed on the bag itself. You can use it to look up your tree online at hineleban.org – the code provides the exact location of the tree on Google maps – and monitor its growth. This initiative is part of the foundation’s Sip and Reforest Program.
Hineleban serves healthy and quality food and coffee and gives guests the opportunity to make a difference in the world.