The opening of more coffee shops in Davao City has led to more people becoming interested in coffee.
I have observed that the interest of some people in coffee has gone beyond going to coffee shops to buy coffee. Some individuals have become interested in knowing more about coffee besides simply being a “fuel” to start today. They want to also know how to brew coffee and the complexities surrounding it.
One Corner seeks to provide coffeeholics a venue where they could learn about coffee and buy the things they need to brew a coffee.
Located along Almacigo St. near Dacudao Ave., the office of architect Mikel Selga was converted into a showroom of home brewing kits and other things you may need in brewing coffee. Together with Dr. Bijai Cordero and his daughter, pilot Capt. Mikee Selga, the group started One Corner in the second half of 2020. A friend of theirs, Sunny Park, helped them establish One Corner. Park, who is a barista in South Korea, was stranded in Davao City during the first year of the pandemic.
Mikel shared that they are not new to coffee. He said he has been into coffee and home brewing since 2016. Dr. Bijai, on the other hand, was able to know and appreciate coffee more during the pandemic when she started brewing at home.
When they saw the growing interest of people in coffee, they decided to open a shop that revolves around coffee. But this shop is not a coffee shop nor a cafe, it is a one-stop-shop for those looking for brewing equipment or kits.
Among the brewing equipment, they have on display include carafes, filters, Aeropress, kettles, and French press, among others. They also distribute the popular brand of a manual espresso maker — Flair.
Mikel also said they to micro roasts wherein they roast small batches of coffee beans for home brewers.
But on top of the brewing equipment, they are offering, another aspect I like about them is their brewing demo. The brewing demo includes a french press, pour-over, Chemex, Moka pot, and use of a Flair manual espresso maker. Not only will they show you how to perform the different brewing methods, but Mikel also provides a quick crash course on coffee. This portion of the demo will allow you to learn more about coffee — like the different kinds of coffee beans, flavor profiles, and other fundamentals about coffee. This demonstration will help you determine the brewing method that best fits your preferences.
During my visit, they gave me a short but sweet demo for pour-over, Aeropress, and using the Flair manual espresso maker. I think, what I enjoyed the most was pulling the shot of espresso manually using the Flair. It was a cool experience.
One Corner’s brewing demo is currently priced at P750 to P850 per session for a maximum of four persons. The package covers consumables and cover charges.
It was a fun learning experience with the folks at One Corner. I was able to learn more about coffee and the different brewing methods. All the more, I was encouraged to save up for a Flair.
One Corner is a shop that homebrewers, especially those who are just starting to get into it, must check out. They provide the basic needs you will need as a homebrewer. I also think that the brewing demo will be a big help for homebrewers in deciding what brewing method fits their likes and the equipment they will need.
You can visit One Corner along Almacigo St. near Dacudao Ave. (Click here for the Google Maps link). The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Saturday. They can be contacted at 0991 432 8866. One Corner can also be found on Instagram and Facebook.