While the Barako has become a generic name for all coffee from Batangas, real Barako refers to Philippine Liberica and is known for its particularly strong taste, powerful body and distinctly pungent odor. “Barako,” in the vernacular, is a colloquial term referring to male strength and machismo. As such, particularly strong-tasting coffee is often identified as barako by the locals. Historically, it takes its name from "barako," the Tagalog word for wild boar, because these creatures are rather fond of dining on the plant's leaves and berries.

Of the four identified species of coffee (Robusta, Excelsa, Arabica and Liberica), Liberica has the largest cherries and therefore, bigger beans.


Barako has an annual export volume of 1,200 bags, valued at $.15 million. Most of it goes to Saudi Arabia. Sadly, today, Barako is on its way to extinction. Because the Philippines had lost its reign in the coffee industry to Brazil over a century ago, farmers have stopped planting barako because it is no longer a viable and marketable commodity. The Philippines has been reduced as a minor player producing roughly .012 percent coffee supply, a mediocre performance considering coffee is the second most profitable industry in the world today.

WE NEED TO PLANT 100,000 BARAKO TREES WITHIN
THE NEXT FIVE YEARS FOR IT TO SURVIVE.

Since its launch in 1999, the Figaro Foundation has tirelessly organized events and activities in an effort to bring to the fore the plight of the coffee industry and the Barako.

There is much we need to do to save both the Barako and the local coffee industry. We need as much support as we can get. The country needs as much support as you can give.

How You Can Help
There are many things you can do to help save the Barako and our local coffee industry. Here are a few:

Donate. Be informed. Plant a Barako seedling.
** Purchase Barako Blend or Barako Gold from any of the Figaro outlets. Part of the proceeds from sales of these blends will go to the Barako Revitalization Fund to facilitate more Barako plantings.
** Plant Barako in your farm. For questions regarding Coffee Farming, you may call Dr. Alejandro Mojica, National Team Leader, Coffee Research and Development Programs; Director for Research, Cavite State University at Telefax (046)415-1355 or email him at andy_mojica@hotmail.com
** Donate your change to the Barako Coin Bank at any Figaro outlet.
** Sponsor a Barako seedling in your name. Barako seedlings cost only Php 30.00 each. This seedling will then be planted in your name during the Annual Barako Tree Planting event of the Figaro Foundation Corporation. Interested parties may call the Save the Barako Hotline at 8929535 or e-mail info@savethebarako.org.

7 comments

  1. raptured dreams  

    July 15, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    Hmmm sarap naman nito. nakaka-miss.. Thanks for sharing mr batangeno, have a great day
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  2. REYAH  

    July 20, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    I miss kapeng barako...

  3. Michelle  

    July 14, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    hi there,

    just want to ask if you have contacts on kapeng barako growers and suppliers. Im intereseted ksi to be a distributor. thanks.

  4. Anonymous  

    May 24, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    ko lng if pwede itanim barako khit saang part ng pilipinas

  5. Anonymous  

    January 24, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    hi,

    i recently bought coffee seedlings from batangas, i didnt specified the variety, so supplier gave me robusta. what i really what is kapeng barako (liberica). Is there a nursery or seed bank here in metro manila where i could bu liberca seedlings? if you know one, please send me a message 09273221819.

    thanks

  6. zpmpc2005  

    June 14, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    im nic from zamboanga city .. we propagated barako rootstock and grafted seedling.. my number 09175108043

  7. zpmpc2005  

    June 14, 2011 at 6:00 AM

    we have Barako seedling - rootstock and grafted ...


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