Being a native of Batangas, I grew up on kapeng Barako. I remember those days when we have hot pandesal during breakfast and dipping it in a cup of coffee. During merienda time, coffee is also present with bread or other local delicacies like puto, sinukmani and kutsinta.

The coffee is prepared using a drip brewing device or by simply pouring hot water unto the grounds and filtering the mixture using a piece of cloth. Barako is best sweetened with honey or brown sugar. Barako can be used to make espresso and other espresso-based drinks.

Barako is not a common coffee variety, although it is abundant in Southeast Asia especially in the Philippines. It has the largest beans of all the coffee varieties. Its taste is said to be superior to Robusta, and most Filipino coffee drinkers prefer Barako to Arabica. The Arabica-Barako blend is a popular gourmet coffee. Barako is considered to be the best among Liberica species.

Kapeng Barako is our pride. It’s our identity that distinguish us from other places in the Philippines. "Ala eh, pagkasarap nare!"


  1. Jerry Llanes  

    May 2, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    i really love kapeng barako...

  2. noee  

    May 12, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    I'm not really a coffee addict but I do love the smell and taste of Kapeng Barako! :)

    Btw, I saw your link to worldvision on your site and thought maybe you'd want to put a link to worldvision philippines too( our kabababayan visitors can help pinoy kids. I'm not affiliated with worldvision phils but I do sponsor a pinoy kid. For some reason, there is no option to sponsor a pinoy kid on the international world vision site. Wouldn't it be nice if more pinoys can support pinoy kids? :)

  3. Author  

    May 17, 2008 at 6:47 AM

    tama ka noee...palitan ko na yong link non para pinoy children na lang ang ma sponsor nila. actually i'm also planning to sponsor a child starting this month. sana marami ring kagaya nating ang sumunod....

  4. Annie  

    March 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Kapeng barako is one of the famous hot drinks in Batangas City not only that we have also our Tableang tsokolate also known as an substitute of cocoa.. Tingloy,Taysan,Lemery,Tuy are known also with that products

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