“Be inspired—find your muse.” This was the idea that spawned two coffee concepts by Jackie Arceo and Julia Sevilla—women who want to make a difference, one cuppa joe at a time. Local Edition and Writer’s Block both offer the best locally produced coffee, but each one has its own unique sensibility. Aside from their love for coffee, these successful women were brought together by their passion to give service to the community with all the creativity they can muster.
As such, these coffee shops value community, local products, and creative inspiration. These three factors have helped in their mission to make Philippine coffee stand out amid imported and branded coffee. Jackie says they have been “serving local residents and offices within the neighborhood not only with the best food and coffee, but with a venue for engagement.” They are committed to using all-local beans from Atok, Benguet, Cavite, and Mountain Province, as well as other produce and ingredients from village markets.
Jackie likewise disclosed that they would like to be known as a source of inspiration, whether it’s from their concept, unique creative space, and their coherent and effortless execution. Their installations, in particular, change every two months as they collaborate with local artists.
Undaunted by all the coffee fads that come and go, both Jackie and Julia are even more excited with the opportunities that lie ahead. They said, “We focus on the community and the neighborhood around us—always seeking to serve excellent products excellently.”
Jackie added, “Behind every successful man is a woman, in this case, behind every successful woman can also be a woman. I think the rise of women empowerment will only strengthen the bond that the coffee players have—supporting each other, despite us all being in the same industry. Yes, it is a business, but we can still be friends, can’t we?