Barako = Matapang.
Such is the tag given to this coffee bean grown in the southern part of Luzon island, specifically in the province of Batangas. History states it was brought by the Spanish colonizers who planted it in farms in the highlands, a good combination of good soil, humidity and the tropical climate.
Due to high demand and fertile environment, the Philippine colony placed 4th coffee in coffee- producing territories during the19th century. Kapeng Barako, with its distinctively strong blend, has remained one of the primary products of Batangas, particularly the Liberica variety which is grown in only three out of the 70 coffee-producing countries in the world.
So if you ever need a pick-me-up to jumpstart your day, take some Kapeng Barako. You won't regret it!