Barako coffee, strong and kicking, is a great way to perk up one’s day. (Image: Gregorio's Coffee Bean)
If there is one product that is a Batangas trademark, it is kapeng barako. Kape is the Filipino word for coffee while barako is the Filipino word for male stud, brave and strong. Kapeng barako is the Liberica variety of coffee that is strong in taste and aroma. The first coffee tree in the Philippines was planted in Lipa.
Kapeng barako is best partnered with pan de sal (bread of salt), cakes and pastries; and Batangas delicacies like panocha and kalamay and Taal breakfast made of tapang Taal or longganisang Taal. The taste of this popular beverage can also be savored through the kapeng barako-based cake, which is featured in the province’s Ale Eh! Festival every December.
Where to buy: local public markets (PhP200/kilo), Café de Lipa (PhP190/300 grams), Adorachitos Coffee (PhP250/kilo), Dairymoor Coffee (PhP150/box or PhP15/coffee bag)