El Union Coffee in La Union

In this Coffee Crawl series, I round up cafes or coffee shops I visited in a particular country, district or city.  I realize that I won’t barely scratch the surface of a city’s coffee scene — so readers, feel free to recommend a cafe.  ULTIMATE GOAL:  Coffee crawl in Melbourne!

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The “old” El Union

El Union Coffee is where it all started.  My coffee obsession began back in 2014 when we took a weekend trip to La Union to surf.  Surf newbie and flat white newbie, I fell in love with both instantly.  Sadly, my love affair with surfing ended when I hit my knee so bad during a surf session.  But my love affair with Flat White endures long after my bruised ego and knee.  The first time I tried Flat White, I “shouted” silently shut the freaking door.  It was that good.  That was also the first time I drank coffee without sugar.  No need to add anything because again, it was that good.

More on Why I love La Union so much!

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Harold & Camille at the old El Union.  They’re a couple =)

Fast forward to 2016…Everyone would be pleased to find it bigger and better with its new shop (still along the highway) near Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel, another San Juan must-visit.  I’m elated to find it tasting and smelling exactly the same in 2014,  just with more seating, food choices and additional staff.  As if this cafe didn’t already impress me that first time.

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The flat white that started it all.
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The famous Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam.  Must order.  Best with Sriracha.
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The new shop

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I have this thing with floors.

Swell or no swell, I would definitely keep coming back here.

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