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Cup Fiction: A Café Library Dream Come To Life

September 28, 2016 22 Comments

I can’t believe I’m an entrepreneur now, I can’t even pronounce entrepreneur.

It all began one night when Jim and I bumped into our college friends, Pao and Tia. It was just a few days before Tia popped out their baby boy Noah. They said they wanted to do something with their space along White Plains and asked if we would be interested in partnering with them. We said yes and the months went by very quickly!

Pao, Jim, and I took a 2-week barista class from EDSA Beverage Design Group. Tia had just given birth and couldn’t have coffee so she sat this one out!

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We even took an exam in the end!

We even took an exam in the end!

We started drinking doing research and development for our menu

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Decided to skip hiring an interior designer and did everything ourselves

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We interviewed people, hired a staff and did a kitchen test. A kitchen test is when you invite a handful of friends to order anything off the menu so the staff can time the process and see what needs adjustments. We also took the opportunity to cut down our menu items.

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Only a few items made the cut and we’ve been up and running for exactly a month today. We’re still on soft opening, still ironing out some kinks, but so far the reviews have been great!

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I’m handling marketing and so far we’ve been featured on these sites:

clickthecity

Photo: ClickTheCity.com

“Cup Fiction: For The Love of Coffee, Books and Comfort Food” ClickTheCity.com

esquire

Photo: Esquiremag.ph

“We found the perfect coffee shop for creatives” Esquiremag.com

Photo: Janna Tee

Photo: Janna Tee

“Here’s Why We’re Excited to Visit Saab Magalona’s Newly Opened Cafe Library” Preview.ph

Photo: laurenlearns.com

Photo: laurenlearns.com

“5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT CUP FICTION” LaurenLearns.com

To those who have dropped by and sent us a shout out on social media: thank you SO much for helping spread the word about our little café. We get to see all the tagged photos and reviews and we really appreciate it. Our operations aren’t at 100% yet but we will get there with your help and comments :)

For the rest of you: when are you coming over?✨ It’s at 141 Katipunan ave, Brgy St. Ignatius, QC! Follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @cupfictionph 😘

♥,
Saab

October 24, 2016

Saab

22 Comments

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    Pau

    October 20, 2016

    I’ll definitely visit your cafe. But I guess it’ll not be soon tho probinsya probs! Congrats on your new venture, God bless!

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      Saab

      October 20, 2016

      Put it on your list the next time you visit Manila :) Thank you!!

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    Faye

    October 20, 2016

    My bestfriend and I had a really good time hanging out there! The food is amazing! Love the coffee! :) WE ARE DEFINITELY COMING BACK FOR THEM COOKIES :)) hoping to see you around next time 💕

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      Saab

      October 20, 2016

      THANK YOU!! Lots to improve on pa but I’m glad you enjoyed <3<3

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    Grems

    October 20, 2016

    My friends who’ve been to your coffee shop loves your Champorado with Danggit!! Can’t wait to visit last week of November!!! Sobrang nagutom ako sa burger huhuhu. Goodluck and more power with your coffee shop <3!!

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      Saab

      October 20, 2016

      YAYYYYYYY <3 Thanks, Grems!! Hope to catch you then!

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    Bea Sacdalan

    October 20, 2016

    Gaaaaah, you always make me proud, Saabey!!! One day, I hope to visit you and your cafe soon!!! Please always remember that I love you so much!! Congratulations ❤️

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      Saab

      October 20, 2016

      Thank you so much and I hope to see you at Cup Fiction soon, Bea!:)

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    Nina

    October 20, 2016

    AAHHHH COFFEE IS LIFE!!! Chos haha! Hope I can visit Cup Fiction soon because coffee is life!!!! Congratulations, Saab and Jim!!!! <3 <3 <3 Ganda ng design!!! <3

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    Jamie

    October 21, 2016

    Yayyy!! Congrats, Saab and Jim!! Domstic Dispute (Cup Fiction Edition) naman! :D I want to go there too; one of these days, perhaps! Also, so I can meet you! Hehe sana ando’n ka no’n though, lagi akong wrong timing sa mga lugar kung nasaan ka. =)) :(

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      Saab

      October 25, 2016

      Yes, come over!!!

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    Rica

    October 21, 2016

    Hi Saab, I think I’ve been there every week since you opened 😉 I thought of saying hi but I’m not sure if you’ll remember me. I’m the one who invited Cheats to our gig April Feels. :) Anyway, my friends and I loooove the grilled cheese and the dark chocolate chip cookie!!

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      Saab

      October 25, 2016

      Ohhh nice!! Sana you said hello!!

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    Thea

    October 21, 2016

    Hey Saab!

    I sent you an email regarding Interior and Exterior Plantscaping for Cup Fiction. Hope you got it. <3

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    Ancela Abay

    October 22, 2016

    Omgy. I’m so proud of you idol ate Saab M <3. You done a lot, and this?I hope I can get there and take a bunch of wonderful instagram selfie and share it with my friends <3. The idea of the place, the interior and the lusting * food it is like, i'm just like sitting on my house while reading and then eating. I want to go there and take a selfie with you. Congratulations for your success <3

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      Saab

      October 25, 2016

      Thanks so much :)

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    Yan

    October 22, 2016

    Congratulations on the opening! Good call on not hiring interior designers, you have very good taste and it shows! Love the furniture! I hope you can share how you interior designed this one: from deciding on the theme, down to sourcing contractors and furniture suppliers. I really want to know how! XD

    Btw, my hs teacher used to remind us that entrepreneur is pronounced an-tre-pre-noor. Parang anvelope lang, char. Pero serious yung antreprenoor hehe. XD

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      Saab

      October 25, 2016

      I say ahntruhpruhnoor hahaha!!

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    Meg

    November 6, 2016

    Congrats Saab! I’ve been a reader of your blog since 2012! When Cup Fiction opened, I told my husband na sana makapag breakfast ako dyan. Hehe. Ginawan nya ko ng Agawan Meal but of course, mas bet ko yung jan :) Hope to visit your cafe soon!

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      Saab

      November 13, 2016

      Awww yay!! Thank you!!

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    rixbajns

    January 10, 2017

    Hello, Saab! Just visited yesterday with Guil to celebrate our 7th year. I loooved it. It was like your personality reflected in the place. It also felt like being in my own room, kulang na lang yung kalat. I posted a video on YouTube, and blog sa WordPress, just in case anybody wants to see it. hehehe!
    Love love love everything about it!
    P.S.
    Nabusog kami nang bongga!
    https://youtu.be/8Uxl7wh7xf8
    https://rikanobela.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/rikanobela-7thonthe8th-at-cup-fiction/

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      Saab

      January 11, 2017

      OMG YAY!! Thank you!!! I’m so happy you liked it!!!:)

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