Recently, I had a meeting at Bintana at Elizabeth Pond Street. I have always been curious about this coffee shop and I have heard some good reviews from friends. It has been months that place has been on my radar. I finally had a cup of coffee at Bintana and left with some regret that I did not try this place earlier.
Since it was a short meeting and I already had dinner, I just a cup of Sagada Coffee brewed on a Vietnamese Phin. After visiting places like Ironbound Coffee and Boots Coffee Bar, I have been slowly exposed to the world coffee beans and the innovative brewing methods. I never had coffee brewed from a Phin but based on my little knowledge, a Phin could produce a very strong brew.
Indeed, it was a bold cup of Sagada Coffee. I drank it black with no sugar or cream. It has a full coffee flavor with a strong finish. It was acidic and I was tempted to add some sweetener but I managed to finish it all in just a few minutes. I prefer the V-60 or even the French press over the Vietnamese Phin.
I want to go back to Bintana and their other dishes and their Civet Coffee. Too bad, Bintana is actually going to move to a new place because the owner of the building was going to use the place. I definitely check them out once they move to a new location.