Everything is Korean except for the coffee. This is what we learned about Cafe Dia. The owner literally filled an entire container van with furniture, tableware, decorative articles, books, fixtures and a coffee roaster from Korea then shipped them to the Philippines to set up what we now find to be a very pleasant and inviting coffee shop in Angeles City, Pampanga.
And because Korea does not grow their own coffee, it makes more sense that they source their beans locally. They serve single origin Mt. Apo which they roast in-house. There is a section in the store where the whole roasting process takes place and it is easily visible to customers so anyone can actually take a peek into the process and see the roaster in action.
It is definitely an interesting experience walking into an undoubtedly Korean establishment (even their power sockets are of Korean standards) in Pampanga and drink a cup of Philippine coffee, which, by the way, they prepare quite well. It sends a positive message of merging cultures as they serve not only to Filipinos but to a good amount of Koreans and tourists.
Cafe Dia is in Angeles’ budding K-town area, right near the entry to Clark.