#214 Kapeng Barako

Kapeng Barako (Barako coffee) is a Philippine coffee variety grown  in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite. It belongs to the species Coffea liberica. The term is also used to refer to all coffee coming from those provinces. 

Barako is Filipino for a male animal or stud and in the vernacular means ‘tough man.’ Barako coffee has a strong taste and flavor, and has a distinctively pungent aroma. All coffee grown in Batangas is generically called Barako. In the 1880s, the coffee industry in the Philippines collapsed due to an infestation dubbed as “coffee rust” and the tough competition from coffee growers in South America and Vietnam. This has caused Kapeng Barako growers to shift to other crops, which has threatened the variety with extinction. Currently, organizations such as the Figaro Foundation, seek to revitalize the Philippine coffee industry. (From Wikipedia)

Long live Philippine coffee!

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