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.
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.
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.
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
Monday-Saturday | 8:30am – 6:00pm
Corner of Mabini-Zulueta Sts.
Parian, Cebu City
+63 32 254 5598