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Affordable brew in Parian: Shepherd’s Heart Cafe

By on June 15, 2014

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Although Shepherd’s Heart Cafe is located right across the Heritage of Cebu Monument, you probably didn’t know that this unassuming coffeeshop or a coffeeshop for that matter even existed in this portion of the city.

If not for a colleague, I wouldn’t have known about this cafe either. He said that it was run by a Peace Corps volunteer and that it supports the cause of trafficked women. I quickly made a mental note to visit the nameless coffeeshop someday.

good shepherd cafe - interior

Thankfully, that visit happened sooner than I planned. Last Saturday, my friends and I chanced upon the cafe when we were looking for a place to hang around a bit until the 1730 Jesuit House, a museum in Parian, would be open.

From the get-go, it doesn’t look like the usual coffeeshops you’ve been to. There are no post-it mementos plastered on its largely bare, blue walls. No soft jazz music played on background too. All I can hear that time was the gentle murmur from the wall fans which provided some form of respite from the afternoon sun.

good shepherd cafe - menu

Despite the spartan yet charming interiors, I am happy to find out that their freshly brewed americano, costs only Php 40.00 – a mere fraction of what you would usually spend for the same cup at snazzier coffeeshops elsewhere. It was poured on a pretty glass, which according to one of my companions was ‘so French.’

But I am happier to know that their coffee beans were sourced in Kalinga in Northern Luzon. This was shared to us by Ron Roy, an urban planner from Australia and a volunteer himself albeit from another organization. He has been in the Philippines for almost 3 years already. He and his partner Amelia oversees the coffeeshop operations, among many other activities. They also worked alongside with the Good Shepherd Welcome House, an NGO whose office is located nearby.

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We would later talk about how he ended up in this part of the world, the places in the country he has visited and why they decided to open Shepherd’s Heart Cafe. I was probably too engrossed with our brief conversation or that my coffee was really good that I forgot to add sugar on my glass. Perhaps a good cup of joe does not need creamer or sugar after all.

Here’s hoping that Ron Roy, Amelia, the crew and the rest of their supporters would find continued success in their cause and in the coffeeshop as well. They serve good coffee and one that’s also affordable. I’d be definitely back for that and try a few of their grilled sandwiches perhaps in my next trip to downtown Cebu.

Shepherd’s Heart Cafe
https://www.facebook.com/pariancafe
Monday-Saturday | 8:30am – 6:00pm
Corner of Mabini-Zulueta Sts.
Parian, Cebu City
+63 32 254 5598

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  1. Reply

    Mustachio

    June 16, 2014

    Nice find, Baktin! Kuyog ko inig balik nimo hehehe

    • Reply

      bren mercado | www.baktincorporation.com

      June 16, 2014

      Sure! πŸ™‚ It has to be on a Saturday though.

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    Amelia

    June 16, 2014

    Thanks for this great review! I wish I had been there to meet you all. I would only add one correction, the manager's name is Roy, not Ron πŸ™‚ – Amelia

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      bren mercado | www.baktincorporation.com

      June 16, 2014

      Hi Amelia, welcome to Baktin Corporation! I already edited my entry, thank your for the correction.

      Will you be extending your stay here in the Philippines?

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      Anonymous

      June 16, 2014

      I quite like the name Ron, I think it's even a little more romantic and masculine than Roy

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    Roy Adam

    June 16, 2014

    Thanks for the review!

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      bren mercado | www.baktincorporation.com

      June 16, 2014

      The pleasure is mine. Welcome to Baktin Corporation!

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    Kikit

    June 16, 2014

    Cool. I used to live in Cebu for a year, but I never stumbled upon this coffee house. Sige ra man gud mi sa Turtles ato ba. Sige lang inig balik puhon πŸ™‚

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      bren mercado | www.baktincorporation.com

      June 22, 2014

      Hi Kikit, welcome to baktin corporation! πŸ™‚

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    Anonymous

    June 22, 2014

    You should bring our coffee loving friend J here Bren- jcm

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      bren | www.baktincorporation.com

      June 25, 2014

      Hi JCM, I already brought J in these parts. Shepherd's Heart, however, was not around back then.

      How does J find the rise of 'Third Wave' coffeeshops in the metro?

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    Anonymous

    June 30, 2014

    Unfortunately, we (him tugging me reluctantly), haven't tried them yet. You know how much J prioritizes work above all things! Food included…LOL!!!

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      bren | www.baktincorporation.com

      June 30, 2014

      That workaholic friend of ours indeed. #ulirangemployeeawardee πŸ™‚

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    looney planeteer

    July 1, 2014

    aside from kalinga, asa pa gikan ilang ubang beans?

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      bren | www.baktincorporation.com

      July 1, 2014

      Hi RV, Welcome to Baktin Corporation!
      I think they only prepare Kalinga beans in the meantime. You may also try Bo's, if you haven't done that yet, as they have Matutum, Mt. Apo, Kitanglad and Sagada beans.

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    doi

    September 27, 2014

    Baktin! Kuyog ko sa next visit nimo please! πŸ˜€

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Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play PokΓ©mon GO or not.

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