Having folks in Lipa City, I was surprised to learn that Philippine coffee history traces its roots from Batangas. This I learned in a recent Coffee 101 seminar with Chit Juan, co-chair of the Philippine Coffee Board.
Chit Juan of Le Bistro
It mentioned that a Franciscan Friar brought cocoa and 3 gantas(or about 6 kilos) of coffee beans to Lipa back in 1740 and planted it in a monastery.
The story is in fact inscribed in a stone wall of one of the local churches. Aside from basic information about the world’s most popular beverage, I learned about the different varieties of coffee and the more sophisticated term for a Barako coffee – we can also call it Liberica.
“I had some Liberica coffee when I visited my folks in Batangas last week.” (hahaha)
“I truly enjoyed the Robusta coffee event we had in Boracay early this month”.
Robusta, in common words, is your instant coffee from the grocery shelves.
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