For a month now, Diane Kristel de Jesus has been in Cebu to focus on managing the preparations for the opening of Crate Café. Hailing from the capital , Kristel and two of her business partners have an ideal of introducing coffee servings made with fresh coffee grounds from premium beans of the Northern parts of the Philippines to Cebuanos.


The tie-up of a barista, an interior designer + the person who currently has the lease on the address and an auxiliary cohort  as an adviser seems to be a perfect partnership. Their initial business venture together, the trio is banking on their premium coffee concoctions, plus the view of Cebu’s hilly lands as a bonus.


Today ( 4th February 2016) is Crate Cafe’s inaugural soft launch, with fifteen (15) coffee-based beverages and three (3) Italian soda varieties on the menu. Pastries and sandwiches are soon to be added on the bill of fare. Beverage prices range from PhP85.00 to PhP145.00.

Crate Cafe's Blended Banana Coffee Caramel, PhP145.00

Crate Cafe’s Blended Banana Coffee Caramel, PhP145.00

Crate Cafe's Espresso

Crate Cafe’s Espresso Shot, PhP 85.00

Crate Cafe Cebu is located at Veteran’s Drive Lower Busay Cebu City, just before Maria Luisa Busay Gate. They are currently on their soft launch and is open from 7:00AM-10:00AM, then 5:00PM-7:00PM. They’ll be on full swing next week starting 9th of February with operating hours from 7:00AM-10:00AM and 5:00PM-10:00PM, Tuesdays to Sundays.

Crate Cafe is closed on Mondays except for its day of blessing happening this coming 8th of February 2016. Benediction rites  will take place in the morning and store operates from 1:00PM to 10:00PM during its blessing day.

Text and Photos by Cebu’s Lifestyle + Fashion Blogger Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje