Kapeng barako

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Kapeng barako (Spanish: café varraco or café verraco; English: barako coffee) is a coffee varietal grown in the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite. It belongs to the species Coffea liberica. The term is also used to refer to all coffee coming from those provinces. Barako is the Philippine term for the male stud of an animal, itself taken from the Spanish varraco, and has become associated with the image of a tough man.


Barako takes its name from the Spanish word for wild boar, varraco,[1] which are fond of dining on the plant’s leaves and berries.[2]

The first barako tree was a cutting from Brazil planted in the 1800s in Barangay Pinagtung-Ulan, Lipa City, Batangas [3] by the family of Willie and Cora Macasaet.l[4] Barako coffee has strong taste, flavor, and has a distinctively pungent aroma. All coffee grown in Batangas is generically called barako.

It is not symmetric, which is unique among the four remaining commercial species (others being arabica, robusta, excelsa), and most Philippine coffee drinkers prefer barako.

Other uses[edit]

Aside from being a beverage, kapeng barako is also used as a body scrub in spa treatment.[5]

Batangueños use kapeng barako as an alternative to soup as part of the rice dish. It is usually used when eating tapa or any dry/fried dish.

Kapeng barako from Batangas is now gaining popularity among consumers, mainly for its unique, authentic and traditional appeal.[6]

Kape Barako brands[edit]

  • Barako Frappe
  • Brusko Barakong Kape
  • Palma's Pure Barako Coffee
  • Mrs. Owl Coffee Kapeng Barako
  • Kick-Start Coffee Philippine
  • Gourmet's Barako Batangas
  • Batangas Brew
  • Cafe de Lipa
  • Old Juancho's Kapeng Barako
  • Kapeng Barako
  • Figaro
  • Kape Amadeo
  • Siete Barako
  • Taza Mia Coffee
  • Les' Paul Gourmet
  • Pamana Kape Barako Select
  • Katha Coffee
  • Ala Eh Barako


  1. ^ http://dle.rae.es/?id=bOQrBo3
  2. ^ Nuguid-Anden, Charmaine. Figaro Coffee Company Case Study (PDF). UK: New Academy Of Business. p. 6.
  4. ^ White House 0-14
  5. ^ Yoon, Rowena dela Rosa, "Well-being" Mania Goes Tropical, retrieved 2007-01-25
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Ma. Cecilia. "Mrs. Owl Coffee Kapeng Barako". Mrs. Owl Coffee Kapeng Barako. Retrieved 27 February 2016.