Barako Coffee or Coffea liberica is a rare and exotic coffee species found in the Philippines. Brought by the Spanish from Brazil in the 1800s, it now exists in only 3 countries in the coffee producing world. Barako coffee has a strong, bold aroma and a pungent, nutty flavor that I love. Unfortunately, my beloved Barako is nearing extinction. Programs trying to revitalize the Philippine coffee industry are on their way but public awareness and participation is neccesary. So, everytime I go home I make it a point to buy as much coffee as I can carry in my luggage for personnal consumption and as a gift to my coffeholic colleages and friends. Even my husband prefers Barako to Lavazza now. Nothing can compare with Barako's powerful body and smooth flavor .
Recently, I started brewing Barako the Italian way. Ninety percent of Italian households brew coffee using the Moka machine. Brewed this way, the flavor of Barako becomes deeper and more intense. It is unbeatable! It is so much better than Nespresso. The moka machine is cheap too! No need to buy a very expensive espresso machine. For 20USD (18 sfr) and a bag of Barako coffee, you will get the ultimate coffee experience. But be warned this coffee is not for the sensitive. Afterall in the vernacular, "Barako" is a term that refers to male strength, vitality and machismo.
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