6 One-Of-A-Kind Local Coffee Experiences To Celebrate Philippine Coffee Month This October
The Philippines is rightfully taking its place as one of the specialty coffee-producing countries in the world. As we raise a cup to Philippine coffee this month of October, allow us to guide your caffeine experience and stir up interest in the journey from the bean to your brew, while celebrating everyone who strives to create a better and more flavorful coffee community.
YUGTO KWENTO, LARAWAN AT KAPE
Drinking coffee is the final step in a journey that connects us to the farmers who produce it, a vision which Curve Coffee Collaborators firmly believes in. The team ensures that each bean sourced from farmer partners all over the Philippines reaches its full potential and exhibits the distinct flavor of its origins and variety for the best coffee experience.
The Yugto series adds another dimension to coffee appreciation, by supporting the revival and use of the Philippine language in storytelling. The Yugto series contains select high-quality Arabica and premium Robusta from North Luzon and Bukidnon, with packaging designs that feature the stories of “Saranggola nila Pepe, Pilar, at Pedro” and “Layag ng Pag-asa,” and artwork created by Chef Edith C. Singian. It retails at P250 for 250 grams.
The Garage, City of Dreams Manila, www.cityofdreamsmanila.com
When the newest gastro wing in City of Dreams Manila opens on October 14, one of the main highlights will be The Roaster, an outlet inspired by the farm to cup movement, working with select local coffee farmers of specialty Arabica and Robusta beans, and freshly roasted in a Probatone 5 roaster. Chef Audi Budiman, who heads this energetic team, is excited to use it to eventually roast for the different F&B outlets in COD Manila. He is equally enamored with the state-of-the-art coffee equipment, such as the Steampunk machine—which utilizes theatrical craft brewing technology with precise app based parameter control.
The final cup is a clean, balanced brew that highlights the flavors of the beans to perfection. Other coffee beverages offered include Bombón, Spanish latte, Moca, Café Caramel, Café co de dada, Citron Tea, and Leche de Tigre
118 Matahimik Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City, (0917) 994-2479
26 Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio, Quezon City
Make, Advocate and Delight is the promise that MA+D Manila extends to its customers. Born as a social enterprise café in 2016, as well as a registered NGO, MA+D showcases Philippine farm blended and farm roasted coffee beans. A peek into the café’s inventory reveals Robusta beans from Tabuk, Kalinga; Liberica beans from Mercado Farms in Lipa, Batangas; Arabica beans from Sagada, Mountain Province; and an Arabica, Robusta, Excelsa blend from Catarman, Camiguin, to name a few.
The youthful entrepreneurs are staunch advocates of preserving the Philippine coffee heritage, which can be seen with every cup manually brewed by hand. Coffee ranges from P90 to P130, with a side of conversation about their advocacy.
KAPENG BARAKO COFFEE SCRUB
Nurture Wellness Village, Tagaytay City, Cavite, www.nurturewellnessvillage.com
Everyone deserves to pamper themselves with a well-deserved body treatment. At Nurture Wellness Village, one of their tropical detoxifying and purifying offers includes a Kapeng Barako Coffee Scrub, which makes it appealing for those who can’t get enough of their daily brew. The one-hour treatment envelops you, as the rich aromas of coffee stimulate the senses while you enjoy the scrub made from finely ground Batangas coffee and special herbs. The Kapeng Barako Coffee Scrub is offered at P1,700 during the regular season and P1,870 during peak season.
PHILIPPINE COFFEE MONTH FOOD FESTIVAL
Flavors, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City,
(02) 909-0888, www.holidayinn.com/makati
When you seek to have your coffee and eat it too, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati has just the right food festival lined up. In cooperation with the Philippine Coffee Board and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati launches Philippine Coffee Month, with a selection of coffee-infused dishes at Flavors Restaurant.
With one of the best buffet selections in Makati City, Flavors Restaurant, will add coffee grounds to existing dishes to create whole new flavors. Coffee rubs on steak and chicken roasts will be used to create a deeper flavor for the roast. A special coffee vinaigrette dressing can be drizzled on the Grilled Chicken Salad or Chili and Coffee Mango Zesty Quinoa Salad. The lunch and dinner buffet starts at P1,675 net.
COFFEE CUP OF DISTINCTION AWARDS AND DINNER
Philippine Coffee Board Inc., (02) 813-1028, www.philcoffeeboard.com
Coffee Cup of Distinction awardees with members of the Philippine Coffee Board (Photo by Ricky Ladia)
Philippine coffee stakeholders, movers, and shakers will come together for one evening to celebrate and to honor five individuals who have contributed greatly to the coffee industry with their commitment, diligence, and pursuit of a better future for local coffee. The Coffee Cup of Distinction dinner will be held at Dusit Thani Manila on October 26.
The five awardees are pioneers in the coffee sector, each one helping to promote and better their particular segment in the coffee chain. The honorees are Ernest Escaler of Gourmet Farms, Jose Mercado of Café de Lipa, Amado Silva of Siete Baracos, Enrile (posthumous) and Evelyn Asuncion of Silca Coffee Roasting Co., and Professor Benjamin Dimas of Benguet State University. Contact Philippine Coffee Board for more information about the coffee dinner and ticket prices.