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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

THE opening of new coffeeshops is not anymore surprising. We've had enough of the buzz when big international coffee giants first landed in Davao City sometime ago.

Dabawenyos have the purchasing power to indulge on an obviously overpriced cup of cappuccino plus coffee lovers are growing in number, too. So, any coffeeshops just have to bank on their effective marketing strategy to win over loyal patrons and and keep them from coming back.

At the 2nd level of SM Lanang Premier Fountain Court, there opens another homegrown coffee shop called Dayaw Coffee & Tea.


Unlike other coffeeshops, Dayaw incorporates advocacy to its business to help indigenous people in Mindanao, making it uniquely different from a burgeoning coffee and tea houses in town.

With its walls bedecked with more or less 20 paintings by Davao artist Bong Espinosa and an authentic T'nalak cloth from T'boli Tribe, you would really mistake Dayaw for a mini museum at a glance.

The advocacy from which Dayaw is built upon helps IP communities earn a better living, as everything that makes up Dayaw from the quality roast to fixtures that adorn its interior were all sourced from them.

Dayaw can claim the bragging rights being the first coffeeshop in town that has the concept of a Mindawon-inspired designs.

Another thing laudable are the tables that are made from coconut shells, still created by an IP. Despite this, its cup of joe is also reasonably priced at P70 for every cup of cappuccino or latte, P60 for Americano, P60 for brewed coffee. For those who fans of ice latte and smoothies, Dayaw has a slew of choices, too.

In fact, you get more than your money's worth, since you can stay long and avail of the fast wifi connection. Dayaw is also open 24 hours, so this is a good place for college students who are crunching data for thesis and reviewing notes for the exams, or business executives who do their meet-ups at the coffeeshops.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 16, 2014.


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