Bean Voyage! UCC Clockwork in Nuvali is Your Next Stomping Ground
For most white-collar workers, sipping on a cup of coffee at 7 in the morning is one way to awaken their drowsy senses or to a certain extent, to keep their sanity intact for another day of conforming to societal pressures. Majority of humans can’t function wholly without their daily dose of morning coffee almost as if they perceive this intoxicating beverage as a staple of a healthy diet. Contrary to popular belief of increasing the risk of a heart attack, people who consume greater amounts of caffeine are actually in for a longer life span. For coffee connoisseurs and caffeine devotees, coffee shops are their sanctuary; a haven where the enticing taste and aroma of coffee coupled with the soothing ambiance envelop them in a divine excursion. Not all coffee chains can provide high quality coffee in a well decorated interior, this is not the case for UCC Clockwork – an oasis promising high-grade coffee that is to be enjoyed only in a serene and homely environment.
Coffee houses have been around since the early 15th century. When Ethiopian goat herder Kaldi discovered that goats who ate coffee beans became lively and restless, monks in a nearby town devised a way how to make a beverage out of this plant so as to keep them awake throughout their long hours of praying. Since then, billions of coffee beans have been roasted and consumed worldwide. The first ever ripple in the coffee industry was felt in the 1960s when coffee consumption grew exponentially. During the second wave, large coffee chains sprouted like mushrooms and capitalism took over the craft, coffee then transformed from a necessity to a luxury product. Meanwhile, third wave coffee shed light on the idea of appreciating the essence and quality of the product; the coffee that we are drinking and the way we think about it. One of the proprietors of third wave coffee in the Philippines is UCC Clockwork – a Philippine franchise of the Japanese coffee chain UCC founded in the 1930s by the father of coffee in Japan himself, Tadao Ueshima.
UCC Clockwork, UCC’s concept store which opened in 2014, highlights a variety of blends from local and international single origin coffee using their in-house roasting machine. Third wave coffee is UCC Clockwork’s specialty – a coffee intricately crafted as a result of everyone’s hard work from the producer, importer, roaster, barista all the way to its very consumer. From its humble beginnings in 1994 when it opened its first branch in Tomas Morato, UCC Clockwork has transformed from your average tita hangout to an all-inclusive coffee place that represents the younger generation as well. Its plethora of single-origin coffee beans are sourced from various plantations around the globe – in Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia to our local farmers in Benguet, Davao and South Cotabato. UCC Clockwork has convinced coffee drinkers to run away from the mainstream coffee concoction and venture into the traditional means of coffee preparation such as Siphon and pour-over methods.
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UCC Clockwork: The Coffee Chain to Rule Them All
For the busy bees who are in dire need to take a breather but are still caught up with their immense work load, an spontaneous trip just outside the metro is the perfect way to feel like you are in a faraway vacation even when you’re really just in an integrated eco-city covered in colossal trees. Just an hour away from Manila, Nuvali is the country’s first and largest sustainable mixed-used development that offers a myriad of outdoor and indoor activities for the thrill seekers or placid souls. Apart from its state-of-the-art green landscape, Ayala Land’s Nuvali is also frequented by foodies who are up for its wide assortment of exclusive gastronomic delights. This strategic location of the area came out to be in favor of UCC Clockwork’s interior which has always been in the premise of a green design.
INDUSTRIAL AND CONTEMPORARY STYLE IN A CUP
Apart from its piquant coffee selection and delectable cuisine, a staple of any UCC Clockwork is its mixed of rustic and industrial interior style enveloping its customers in a cozy yet Instagram-worthy nook. In designing the café, Tokyo Grand Renovation‘s team of talented designers took into account the brand and personality of UCC making sure that it is well reflected in the overall appearance. UCC is one of the few coffee chains who regard coffee as more than just a beverage to quench one’s thirst; their brand is sculpted by years of arduous work and passion from the Equator to metropolis, from plantation to everyone’s home. It is through this marque that UCC Clockwork in Nuvali’s interior was designed – for customers to have a genuine and unique coffee experience.
As soon as you step foot inside UCC Clockwork, your eyes will feast on its idiosyncratic industrial and contemporary look that will all the more boost your appetite and convince you that you have chosen the right place to catch up with your equally busy friends or your unattended school or work responsibilities. The iconic glass windows which allow natural light to penetrate through the café and create a picturesque view that looks surreal to be true. A pivotal feature of any industrial interior is the exposed wallpaper brick. UCC Clockwork’s original Japanese brick walls impeccably mimic authentic walls transporting you back to the 18th century. Complementing well with the eco-city is UCC Clockwork’s signature wall mural which artistically combines green foliage and wooden frames that exhibit words and picture related to the art of roastery. Sipping on their notable Kori-Kohi coffee while lounging on their neutral Japanese furnishings under the soft illumination of industrial pendant lights would be a perfect afternoon.
What sets UCC Clockwork in Nuvali apart from any other café interior would be the alfresco area that is also deemed to be the focal point of the design. Optimizing the sustainable surrounding of the location, the designer decided to incorporate the outdoor area offering a greenery and approachable ambiance to its patrons and new customers. Integrating diverse materials such as wood and metal were also intentional not only as a paragon of its industrial and contemporary appearance but also to attract mixed demographic from Generation x to Millennials.
Good coffee deserves to be enjoyed in an equally good place. This is UCC Clockwork’s ambition – to build a safe refuge for coffee lovers or bunglers to relax or to be productive whilst in the comfort of a good interior and handcrafted coffee.
Craving for good coffee and in a nice cozy place? Visit UCC Clockwork located in Ayala Malls Solenad, Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna.
Tokyo Grand Renovation (TGR), a Japanese design and build, is eager to help you discuss your commercial design ideas such as UCC Clockwork. Conveniently located in the leading business district in Metro Manila, TGR’s headquarters is at 9110 La Campana St. cor. Trabajo St., Brgy. Olympia, Makati City, 1207.
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