10 Local Coffee Brands That Are Changing the Caffeine Game
Wake up to these cool local brews.
(SPOT.ph) There's absolutely no denying that mornings are so much better with a sip of coffee (at least for a lot of us). Now, we're seeing the dawn of homegrown coffee and its social impact not only on indiviudal Filipino farmers, but on their local communities as well. Here, we gathered some of the best local coffee brands that are changing the way we view and drink coffee.
Sure, drip brewing takes a few minutes of your time and requires a tad bit of patience. If you find yourself running late because of your usual morning pour-over, Daybreak Coffee may just be the answer. Their locally-sourced beans are packed in single-serve, disposable drip bags for an easy and trouble-free brew whenever you're on-the-go.
Origins: Batangas, Benguet, Sagada
See a list of Daybreak Coffee merchants.
Café-te-ría Coffee will make waking up in the morning effortless. The brand believes that Filipino coffee is here to stay and grow. Well, if your coffee is as good as this one, we'd like to think so too. Their naturally-grown coffee is collected and shipped to various locations in the country.
Origins: Sagada, Kalinga
See a list of Café-te-ría Coffee merchants.
Figures of Beans
Kickstart your day with premium Cordillera coffee from Figures of Beans. Not only are their beans local, but they're also organic. Choose among six of their signature blends, which all come in cool and funky figure-of-speech-themed names: Irony, Paradox, Oxymoron, Understatement, Metaphor, and Euphemism.
Origins: Sagada, Benguet
Available at the Figures of Beans website.
Basilio: Coffee to Share
Produced by Filipino farmers all over the Philippines, Basilio: Coffee to Share will be your perfect morning pick-me-up. To come up with bolder flavors and aromas, their beans are thoroughly "air roasted" to perfection.
Origins: Benguet, Sagada, Batangas
Available at the Basilio: Coffee to Share website.
You know your coffee is special when the beans have been carefully handpicked and sun-dried. Farmers' Coffee boasts their skillfully roasted beans that are grown from trees 4,500 feet above sea level. Meanwhile, their 100% Arabica beans give off a unique and rich taste.
Available at the Farmers' Coffee website.
Perhaps the most accessible among these brands is Bo's Coffee. Apart from selling ready-to-drink espresso beverages, this homegrown name is also known for their locally-sourced beans, which they sell per bag at their stores. Their Philippine-origin beans range from a plethora of coffee tasting notes: From sweet and earthy, to fruity and spicy.
Origins: Sagada, Benguet, Mount Kitanglad, Mount Apo, Mount Matutum
See a list of Bo's Coffee branches.
Don't let their simple and minimalist packaging fool you: GoBrewed promises robust flavors and blends that will give you that punch you need. Their beans are served in disposable mini drip bags so you can enjoy your brewed coffee anywhere. You can enjoy any of their three blends: Allegro, Mezzo, and Legato.
Available at the GoBrewed website.
Grab some Kape Maria beans for that extra boost to fuel your mornings. They sell three signature blends namely Pulag, Amuyao, and Maynila. If you're looking for something to keep you up all day, the Amuyao is a strong blend of Robusta beans from Ifugao and Excelsa beans from Cavite.
Origins: Benguet, Ifugao, Cavite
See a list of Kape Maria merchants.
The people behind this local coffee brand champions beans from Sagada, thus the name "SGD." Working closely with women farmers and residents in the said province, SGD Coffee provides only naturally grown and processed beans. Their beans are then roasted in small batches to ensure topnotch quality and freshness to give you a pure coffee taste that will leave you asking for more.
Available at SGD Coffee, 45 Maalalahanin Street, Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City.
STEEP Coffee Bags
STEEP Coffee Bags has been making a buzz online and in weekend bazaars since they were founded in 2016. Unlike traditional brewing methods, each STEEP packet resembles a tea bag which you can let sit in a cup of boiling hot water to brew. The brand sources their beans from local farmers to make sure your coffee is served fresh every time.
Origins: Sultan Kudarat, Sagada, Batangas
Available at the STEEP Coffee Bags website.