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Barako Guy

In Lipa City, I spotted this peddling guy with several jugs of hot brewed barako coffee and a chest containing local bread. He is a traveling coffee shop.

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A traveling coffee shop

As I observe him, I saw a customer handed a mug to be filled straight from the jug. It’s highly likely his regular customers do that.

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I wanted one but I don’t have reusable cup and so the barako guy poured my drink in a disposable plastic cup. His coffee tasted simply of brewed barako sweetened with white sugar. A little bit sweet for me but I think it’s the general preference of his market. It was a good sweet hot barako brewed coffee and it calmed my ‘lomi stuffed’ tummy.

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A small serving in plastic cup cost 5 pesos like those cheap coffee vendo machines that have proliferated all over the country and where some are even strategically placed beside a panaderia. I tried but never liked it and barako guy’s native coffee is far more superior than those sweet 3-in-1 like coffee of unknown origin that came from those five-buck machines.

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I'd rather wait for the barako guy

Kapihan

Here are some of the coffee shops in Burgos Market where locals hangout for breakfast or read newspapers while drinking brewed coffee which they refer to as native.
I like to hangout in a kapihan or carinderia (eatery) wherever town I may be as it’s in this kind of local hangout place one can hear about folk life. Such a great source of first hand information for visitors and more importantly you get a feel of the town and you’ll come across some knowledge about a certain ingredient or process or any tip that the kapihan/carinderia owner unknowingly share.
There’s nothing superficial in these local kapihans and carinderias particularly in rural areas and it’s a pleasure to take in sights including folk decorations and hear honest conversations.

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Good native coffee for only 10 pesos

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Proprietor usually sits in a corner and takes the role of the cashier

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Gutierrez Cafe

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I like this painted menu board. Coffee plain means native brewed coffee with muscovado or brown sugar only

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CapizeƱos

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