A Filipino breakfast meal is not complete without kape, so I make sure that we always have a stock of locally produced coffee beans in the house.
One of the first few organically produced local coffee beens I have ever tried is that of Kalinga Brew. This brand uses Robusta, Excelsea and Arabica coffee beans from Benguet. I bought my first Kalinga Brew from Manny Onalan of MOMs Organic Market in Legaspi Sunday Market in 2009. I remember liking it so much that I gave it as a Christmas gift to friends and family.
Two weeks ago, I chanced upon Kalinga Brew Instant Brewed Coffee (Php100/box) in Echostore in Serendra. This variant is individually packed in filter bags and there are 10 bags in a box. I bought a box and tried it the next day with my tinapa, sunny side up eggs and steamed organic rice.
Personally, I find the original Kalinga Brew coffee beans better in taste than the individually-packed instant coffee. But, if you want to experience the taste and aroma of 100% natural brewed coffee in a minute, the Kalinga Brew Instant Brewed Coffee is good enough. You will need two to three bags to achieve the taste of real brewed coffee. Best if paired with coco sugar and/or honey.
Have you tasted Kapeng Barako and Benguet Coffee already? If yes, which do you prefer?