Barako...the Aguinaldo blend.
A bag of these Barako coffee costs a hundred pesos (less than $2).
She's giving me my bag. "Nang, libre na lang please?!"
ABOUT THE PHOTO:
I bought one of these bags of Barako coffee yesterday during a fair exhibit sponsored by the office. I had a mug of freshly brewed this morning. Ah, it's perfect. I am all perk-up and invigorated just smelling its aroma. The office is organizing this fair exhibit (almost) regularly to showcase various products from different regions of the Philippines. These are products research ready for commercialization such as health foods like organic sugar, organic veggies, wine from fruits, etc. I went to the Cavite State University booth and found what I was looking for…barako!
Barako is a Liberica-type of coffee which is native to the Philippines and grown particularly in Batangas and in Cavite. This type of coffee is known for its particularly strong taste, powerful flavor, and a distinctly pungent aroma. It has a big demand among Filipinos (particularly coffee-addicts) that any local coffee shop, resto or home wouldn’t be complete without it.
The barako beans are indigenous to the Philippines, although the trees can also be found in Asian countries like Vietnam and Indonesia. Of the four identified species of coffee, liberica has the largest cherries and therefore, bigger beans. Liberica is now predominantly grown in the province of Cavite.
Would you have coffee with me? Please. (do i really have to beg)
I don't mind if you don't talk. The thought of sharing a mug with you, in one table, facing each other is simply surreal. But what would it costs you? Perhaps some minutes of your time. :-)