Kape barako

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Kape Barako, also spelled Baraco (English: Barako coffee) is coffee varietal grown in the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite. It belongs to the species Coffea liberica and is known for its strong taste, powerful body and distinct aroma. [1] The term is also used for all coffee from those provinces.

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Preparation

Kape Barako is prepared using a drip brewing device, French press, or by simply pouring hot water onto the grounds and filtering the mixture using a piece of cloth. Barako is best sweetened with honey or brown sugar. It can be used to make espresso and other espresso-based drinks.

Comparison with other coffee varieties

Barako has the largest beans of all the coffee varieties. Its taste is said to be superior to Coffea canephora or Robusta, and many Filipino coffee drinkers prefer Barako to Arabica. The Arabica-Barako blend is a popular gourmet coffee. Barako is considered to be the best among Liberica species.

Decline

In the 1990s, the coffee industry in the Philippines collapsed due to an infestation known as "Coffee Rust", as well as tough competition from coffee growers in South America and Vietnam. [2] This caused Kape Barako growers to begin shifting to other crops, ultimately threatening the varietal with extinction. [3] Currently, organizations such as the Figaro Foundation seek to revitalize the industry. [4]

Other uses

Aside from being a beverage, Kape Barako is also being used as a body scrub in certain spas. [5]

References

  1. ^ Got Barako?. Accessed January 25, 2007
  2. ^ Philippine Coffee - Barako. Accessed January 25, 2007
  3. ^ Ohmy News International: Save the Barako Coffee. Accessed January 25, 2007
  4. ^ SAVE the Barako. Accessed January 25, 2007
  5. ^ The Seoul Times: Well-being Mania Goes Tropical. Accessed January 25, 2007
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