It’s easy to write off starbucks when thinking about great cafes in metro manila. And while Starbucks may no longer hold the spot as one of the best coffee shops in the metro, it’s still a pretty good cafe! Especially when you come across one of the elevated starbucks reserve branches that the brand has aggressively been placing around the city. And what we see as one of the most important things about their business is that they’ve really been putting a focus on service. More than anything, they’re making an attempt to stretch themselves and make better coffees, like drip coffees. Our recommendation would be to try their coffee black when you’re at Starbucks Reserve. Maybe if you’re not in to black coffee, you can go for a nitro draft cold brew. But we’d honestly say that people push towards the pour-overs. They’re more forward on classic coffee tastes so don’t expect fruity notes or an exciting flavor note. But they do have flavor notes like caramel, chocolate, with majority of them having a full bodied mouthfeel.