Free-flowing Third Wave Coffee Goodness in Exchange for your Generosity this Sunday, November 17 2013

magnum opus coffee for charity

My favorite third wave community coffee shop in BF Homes is holding a creative fund raiser this Sunday for the benefit of those who were affected by the Yolanda super typhoon. This is what Jonathan posted on his Facebook wall:

As some of you may know, it was my birthday yesterday. I originally intended to give back to the community that made Magnum Opus by making coffee for the neighborhood, but because of recent events, it’s more fitting to tie in my celebration with a cause.

This Sunday, from 10:30am to 3pm, all coffees are free, but we will impose a tip-what-you-want basis. All proceeds will be donated to channels that can directly aid people affected by the Supertyphoon Yolanda, and the results will be posted through our Facebook.

I will be behind the bar to make your coffees, and the team will prepare snacks for everyone who attends as well. Let’s celebrate through charity. I’ll see you guys Sunday!

Jonathan Choi

Epic. Anything that you want for the price of generosity. If you do plan to drop by (PLEASE DO!) I highly suggest being a bit more adventurous with the menu and try the Draft Spro, a signature coffee drink that could easily be mistaken for beer. But it isn’t!

Mostly Everything

Jonathan’s Greatest Work: Magnum Opus Fine Coffees

Belgian Heartbreaker

Jonathan is what I would call the “reverse bartender.” He’ll listen to you. He’ll engage in small talk but in return he’ll serve you an upper. Jonathan Choi is the proprietor and head bean of Magnum Opus Fine Coffees, an artisan coffee shop located in the always-busy intersection between Aguirre Ave and Elizalde in BF Homes, Paranaque.

Jonathan recognized me from my days with the Hinge-Inquirer group doing a little (big-sized!) magazine known as m|PH. Yes I was famous before the Internet. JK!

In an article I wrote for 8list last week, I outlined the 8 reasons why ‘Magnum Opus’ is the definitive coffee geek’s haven in the south. for one, the Belgian Heartbreaker won me over:

I insisted on his personal take of a café mocha which was essentially an amalgamation of ristretto (quickly pulled espresso shot so it’s not watery), cream and molten Belgian chocolate all served in a short martini glass. The sum is a creamy, frothy tug of war between the jolt of an espresso shot and dark chocolate. This feeling is what the great Greek poet Horace refers to in his poem to Murena, ‘The Golden Mean.’

‘The Golden Mean’ was a Horatian ode that deconstructed the topic of ‘balance’ in the same way that the Dark and Light sides of ‘The Force’ must be kept in check.


On my first visit, Jonathan confirmed a suspicion about how I make coffee. I’ve postulated that my el-cheapo handpresso can pull a better shot of espresso than my relatively more expensive 16 bar espresso machine.

Tarry no further. Do have a read over at 8list.


Magnum Opus Fine Coffees

115 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes Parañaque.
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