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Celebrities' favorite pottery studio, Wabi Sabi, now has a cafe in Kapitolyo

By JUSTINE PUNZALAN Published Mar 03, 2023 10:14 pm Updated Mar 04, 2023 1:41 am

Pottery is one of the hobbies that rose to stardom during pandemic, and we mean that quite literally. That's because celebrities like Maine Mendoza, Kathryn Bernardo, and Marian Rivera found a love for making vessels in the local pottery studio Wabi Sabi.

Now, the studio is no longer catering to pottery enthusiasts alone, but to coffee lovers as well. Late last month, Wabi Sabi Studio expanded its Kapitolyo branch to include a coffee nook called Wabi Cafe.

Run by sisters Pau, Gabbie, and Dannie Javier, the pottery-studio-slash-cafe offers a variety of cold and hot brews served in the studio's signature handcrafted mugs.

In an interview with PhilSTAR L!fe, Pau said that Wabi Cafe is a result of their combined love for the traditional art of pottery and savory taste of coffee.

"We have always been avid coffee drinkers and have always dreamed of putting up our own cafe. It’s also a chance for people to experience their coffee using the ceramics we create," she said.

"Pottery and coffee have always gone hand in hand in a way and with the expansion of the studio, we sought it as an opportunity [for people] to try it out!"

Wabi Cafe's menu includes cold drinks like Iced Americano (P140), White Mocha (P170), Matcha Espresso (P180), and Oat Latte (P195).

Those who prefer it hot can opt for the cafe's Long Black (P140), Cappucino (P160), Flat White (P160), Matcha Latte (P170), and Oat Latte (P195), among others.

Sipping coffee in this new bistro is an experience in itself because you can do it using Wabi Sabi Studio's special mugs, plus a relaxing view of other visitors making ceramic crafts.

Pau elaborated, "Having guests enjoy their coffee with our mugs has always been the vision. We want it to be part of the experience."

"[The cafe] is right next to a pottery studio. It adds a new experience, observing workshops and getting a feel of the studio while you dine," she added.

Adding to this holistic experience is Wabi Cafe's minimalist rustic interiors that embody the therapeutic feeling emanating from making pottery.

It also has glass walls that allow plenty of natural light into the cafe and, at the same time, offer a good view of Kapitolyo.

Pau continued, "We found this space with full glass windows. Getting natural light while we work is crucial to us so when we found it, we just knew this would be our new home."

Wabi Cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 4th floor of Hallare Building in Capitol Drive, Pasig City.