One of the Most Successful Minimalist and Japanese-Inspired Cafes in Rizal: Typica Coffee

Typica Coffee is one of the most successful and well-known minimalist cafes in Rizal. You may have known about how they started from their humble beginnings because they were featured numerous times on TV and in online articles. I believe the founder was a former Starbucks barista who started to sell coffee products online during the pandemic until he was able to save and reconstruct a sari-sari store to start the flagship branch in Taytay. The pictures below were from my first visit last March 2021; Typica Coffee was still a roadside cafe then.

I’m not sure how much of the rumor that the founder started with as little as ten thousand pesos as his startup capital should I believe, but yeah, that became a topic among us coffee enthusiasts and cafe hunters.

Now Typica Coffee has branches in Antipolo and Laguna. More importantly, their flagship store in Taytay can now accommodate more customers, hence this blog.

How to Go to Typica Coffee

From any point in Ortigas Extension, ride a jeepney going to Singer (landmark is a grocery store with a Tropical Hut). From there, there are tricycles that can lead you to Typica Coffee. As of November 2022, fare per ride is PHP 25.00.

What to Expect in Typica Coffee

Getting inspiration from the simple and minimalist coffee shops in Japan, their cafe still maintains the branding even though they have expanded. White walls, brown accents, and minimal decorations welcomed me as I entered the cafe.

Their alfresco dining area had room for a number of people. There was a part that looked like a zen garden, wherein pebbles filled the ground and a young tree stood at the middle. Unlike the interior dining area, the walls had art, albeit minimal.

What to Eat in Typica Coffee

I am a huge fan of their pastries, I must say, particularly their vegan dark choco cookies and charcoal cookies. Here are two pictures of the many, many deliveries as proof.

Anyway, in the cafe, I got the same products I would usually order online: aglio olio (PHP 130), vegan choco chip cookie (PHP 70), and hot dark mocha latte (PHP 120). Since I was there until night, I also got their classic baked macaroni (PHP 150). They serve the yummiest pastries and pasta, I swear.

Learn more about my filterless experience in Typica Coffee through my post in Kape Tayo, Rizal.

Typica Coffee 
7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
38 E Rodriguez Ave, Taytay, Rizal

Rizal’s First Ever Self-Shoot Studio: Ssoluz Cafe and Studio

I have mentioned in my previous blog (and vlog) that I went to Ssoluz Cafe and Studio to celebrate Kape Tayo, Rizal’s first anniversary. Here, I will detail more of my experience in the Ssoluz itself, the first self-shoot studio cafe in Rizal.

How to Go to Ssoluz Cafe and Studio

From McDonald’s Valley Golf, Ortigas Extension, I walked through the narrow alley of Gen. A. Ricarte until I saw the tricycle terminal. I told the tricycle driver to drop me off at the building in front of San Isidro Elementary School. Tricycle fare was about 50 to 60 pesos (wew, twice the pamasahe before) from the terminal.

What to Expect in Ssoluz Cafe and Studio

Ssoluz cafe is a simple casual cafe with warm lighting, white-painted walls, and wooden furniture, which all emanate a cozy vibe. There were no sockets, but there was Wi-Fi. The highlight of their cafe, aside from their self-shoot studio, was their wall filled with pictures from their patrons. They also have a few tables outside for an al fresco dining experience.

I wanted to have a studio picture of me celebrating this special occasion, which was one of the reasons I decided to go to Ssoluz. I availed of their cheapest package worth PhP 399 wherein I had to choose two images for them to print out, but I added another PhP 300 so I could have all the digital copies.

The staff told me when it was my turn. Instructions were easy to understand: click the remote control, do NOT touch the camera, do NOT lean on the backdrop. In the studio were three blocks with different heights and a wooden stool to use as props. I was given 20 minutes to take my pictures and then another 10 minutes to choose which ones to print.

What to Eat in Ssoluz Cafe and Studio

I ordered their tuna pesto (PhP 120) and caramel macchiato (PhP 110) as I waited for the printed pictures and the digital copies. Loved their meals. Taste was just right for both—not too salty and not too sweet either.

Favorite Picture

Learn more about my filterless experience in Ssoluz Cafe and Studio through my post in Kape Tayo, Rizal.

Ssoluz Cafe and Studio
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
U-301, Ssoluz Cafe and Studio, 3F 27 P. Ocampo, Taytay, 1920 Rizal

Worries, Worries, Worries

Di ko alam kung ba’t ako nagtititingin ng MA courses ng 2:00 a.m. Kailangan ko itong tigil-tigilan. Di ko alam kasi hati ako. I want to pursue educational management pero gusto ko rin ng creative writing. Alam mo iyong feeling na . . . alam mo sa sarili mo na matalino ka, na may potential ka pero . . . takot ka kasi baka ilusyonada ka lang pala? Hahahaha.

Di ko lang naman matuloy dahil natatakot ako mag-risk. You know how I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, major in math, but look where I am now. An editor. A story coach. Ang nakuha ko lang ay trauma from that Math 55 class, which ended my dreams of making my parents proud. Chz. I mean, really. Because of that Math 55 class na imbes na ipagsagot kami e nilunod kami sa PowerPoint presentations tapos binabasa lang ng instructor ang nakasulat. Or baka bobo lang talaga ako.

But I still love math kahit gano’n ang nangyari sa akin. Elementary and secondary math, to be exact. I love algebra. I love geometry. I love trigonometry. I love the headache and challenge of finding solutions to get to the same answer. I love teaching these subjects. No, not you, calculus. Huwag ka na rin, probability. Di ko kayo forte. Hahahaha. Kayang aralin but if given the option, nope. Hehe.

Kaya kapag nagre-review ako ng mga mathematical learning resources, grabe ang adrenaline rush. I can compare solving algebraic problems to finally closing a story. Isa pa, closely working with people in the academic field until now made me realize that I still love teaching. But there’s no money in teaching, not if you have the perseverance to climb the academia ladder, take masteral units, attend and pay for these seminars . . .

And I have bills to pay. My family isn’t rich.

O siguro puno lang talaga ako ng worries. Ako talaga kalaban ng sarili ko noon pa.

Minsan napapatanong ako . . . kung nag-apply ba ako sa mga high-paying schools right after I graduated and nag-stick na lang ako sa academia pathway ko . . . masaya kaya ako?

Pero nangyari na. Masaya ako sa pagsusulat, sa pag-e-edit; ang downside lang talaga ay may worries tapos walang stability at assurance. It’s like . . . extremely happy when I am involved in a project, tapos kapag patapos na, ang dami ko na namang iniisip.

So heto na naman ako. Torn pa rin ako. Which field do I want to pursue?

Kung pure passion, it will be creative writing. Don’t get me wrong . . . I love to talk about education but not as passionate when I talk about writing. I saw the courses. Oh my gosh, I would love to study again. Hindi ako magaling sa conversational English, but I do know the rules . . . kaya siguro I am good at editing (hopefully hehe). Siguro nga kasi ganoon ako trained as a math person, gets? I can get to the answer as long as I know the mathematical operations. Getting this logic, I can write a clean sentence because I am familiar with styles. Pero ngayon pa lang, tinatakot ko na sarili ko. Pa’no kung ako lang ang nando’n na hindi magaling at gusto lang matuto tapos buong araw nosebleed lang ako? Hindi ko ma-enjoy hangga’t puno ako ng insecurity. Paano ba ako magiging confident?

O, di ba? Ako talaga ang kalaban ko.

Hirap talaga i-unlearn ng mga bagay-bagay. Kaya please lang, kung magkakaanak kayo, huwag ninyo ikumpara mga anak ninyo sa ibang bata o i-pressure nang husto. Ay, ewan. Hindi ko na rin alam ang perfect philosophy ng pagnu-nurture ng isang tao. Kaya nakakatakot magkaanak, e.

Layo na nang nirating ng usapan. Balik na ulit sa ginagawa. Dami kong iniisip lately. Hay.