Welcome the year with new discoveries from this coffee spot
A small and irregular space did not stop Pao Leonardo from pushing towards a concept she envisioned in building Café Mithi — born out of her love for coffee, and passion for creativity and adventure!
The overall concept of the shop is catered to dreamers — that means all of us. “I want our customers to feel relaxed and comfortable to discuss ideas, plan their next adventure, and craft their future,” Leonardo shares.
What sets Café Mithi apart is their one of a kind menu composition. Leonardo proudly boasts, “We offer products that are produced and sourced locally — coffee from Kalinga, Sagada, Benguet, Mt. Province, and Batangas; our Tablea from Davao, Surigao, Pangasinan and Baguio.”
“We are a nation of coffee drinkers, but it would really make a big difference if we support our own and strengthen our coffee industry.”
Masagana (bountiful and abundant). A crowd favorite because they took its meaning literally. In one giant cup, get to taste crispy mojos and potato wedges!
A best seller because people nowadays are no longer afraid to break out of their comfort zones and try something unfamiliar. Croc sisig surprisingly tastes like pork, and even leaner than chicken. They also offer Croc Tapa.
Aside from the comforting food and beverages they offer, the café boasts of a cozy and dreamy interior, which was built upon Leonardo’s preferences, translated by an architect and interior designer who truly understands her.
“I wanted a lot of things- gusto ko ng colorful stairs, ng travel wall, adventure wall, sky wall, at wall na may stars na umiilaw, parang okay ang loft. Gusto ko chill lang, ayoko ng partner partner or set kasi boring, ayoko ng sosyal kasi nakaka-intimidate. Ayoko rin nali-limit yung creativity and freedom. And I had our interior designer and architect to thank”, she shares.
Leonardo’s café goes beyond serving its customers local coffee that is par with world-class quality. It also encourages people, young and old, to dream, inspire and do what they love.
“I created Cafe Mithi to inspire people to not just be dreamers, but to also be doers and makers. That is why every weekend, we invite artists to conduct workshops at the cafe, and just recently, we started conducting workshops outside Metro Manila. We’ve gone to Baguio, Iloilo, and Vigan, Eastern Samar, Cebu classes are in the works,” shares Leonardo.
As part of their advocacy to #SupportLocal, they are committed to give strength to local products and fellow entrepreneurs, promote local tourism, and support local talents – sa sining, musika, at pelikula. “I plan to expand the business and set up new cafés in different locations. My goal now is to work more closely with organizations with the same passion and with local communities to strengthen the impact of our advocacy. I want to be more involved in volunTOURism projects and activities, which will include or benefit the coffee and cacao farmers.”
Leonardo admits that being ‘your-own-boss’ thing has its pros and cons as there is a harsh and competitive environment waiting and expecting her to fail. Her advice is to take (calculated) risks, and challenge yourself everyday. “Di naman kelangan mag-quit ng trabaho to ‘find yourself’ and do what you love. Others may have corporate jobs yet sets time to create masterpieces or conduct art workshops every weekend. “Iba talaga ‘pag gusto mo, laging magagawan ng paraan,” she shares.