MNL Drinks: Yardstick

The place considered to have the best coffee in the metro has a special place in my overly caffeinated heart. When I’m in the area, I try to come to Yardstick as much as possible since I don’t live that near. Always such a treat! Local roasters for the win!

They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no (Source: Instagram)

They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no
(Source: Instagram)

Clean, minimalist, and dare I say, hipster? Yardstick caters to the buzzing crowd of Makati’s Legazpi Village and word has reached beyond that (hi). Although recently I’ve noticed more of a laptop and latte crowd hovering above their screens with possibly unnecessary thick rimmed glasses (it’s easy to tell when you don’t have lenses). Don’t look at me like that. I actually need my glasses to see. The menu is simple and concise enough that it’s pretty easy to pick what you want to order unless you’re fickle. I think the hardest part is excitedly waiting for the coffee to arrive.

Iced long black (Source: Instagram)

Artsy-fartsy iced long black with unfortunate straw
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I usually bring my mom with me because she enjoys Yardstick just as much as I do although we get quite different drinks. She usually gets the Americano (similar to a long black) which she believes is really strong and wakes her up immediately. It’s also not too bitter for her unlike the cold brew I must always have. It’s hard for me to enjoy hot coffee here since I find the weather too damn hot for anything that’s boiled unless I’m in a controlled environment (hello, extra cold air conditioning). As bitter as it is (like my soul), Yardstick’s 12 hour cold brew is tremendously delicious and does the job. To be honest, I wish my body could take more than 2 cups of coffee a day. But that would drive my parents crazy and I don’t really want to be the main cause of that. I’ve also been getting into their iced long black coffee because… Dundundun…

It's number 1 alright (Source: Instagram)

Description is on point
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Yardstick started bottling their cold brew so it’s easy to take home and store in the fridge while I get to try new things and not feel the FOMO too much. Easy to buy by the bottle or by 6 bottles if you’re a coffee addict like me. These babies are also available for sale outside (stockists are listed on their Instagram page) so that’s pretty convenient if you’re craving that cold brew outside of the area. 

If you get really really hungry, Your Local is right through the swivel door that just looks like a dark brown wall. You can also order Yardstick’s coffee if you dine at Your Local. Yardstick offers an array of waffles with sides and they look super cute! I got the lemon curd with maple syrup waffle. Best mix of sweet and sour! #instagramthatshit

My friend, André visited from 'Muricuh and I brought him here too (Source: Instagram)

My friend, André visited from ‘Muricuh and I brought him here too
(Source: Instagram)

Yardstick is just a really fun place to hang out and enjoy a cup of joe (or tea if you’re into that!) There’s definitely enough room for a bigger group although sometimes there is that one group that gets a little too loud but it’s okay. I don’t judge. On the outside anyway. Definitely worth the drive from suburbia and parking is free on Sundays!

G/F Universal LMS Bldg
106 Esteban St, Legazpi Village
Makati, Metro Manila
+632 845 0073 or +63 917 723 6079
Monday to Saturday 0700H – 2300H
Sunday 0700H – 1800H



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