Yes, You Can Make Excellent Drip Coffee for Just P50 a Cup

No fancy brewing equipment required.

PHOTO BY Caldi, MM de Mesa ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

( We don’t know about you, but one of the highlights of our workdays pre-quarantine was the coffee runs. Making a dash towards your favorite café was a quick escape from the daily grind, aside from getting your much-needed jolt of caffeine.


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If you, too, miss this part of your routine and would want to replicate the a bit of the experience at home without heading out or having to buy brewing equipment, drip-bag coffee is worth a try. Look no further: Local brand Caldi Drip Coffee has released two new flavors: Guatemala (P350/box of seven) and Prime Blend (P250/box of seven), and you can order them online! Each single-serve drip bag contains fine coffee grounds, which you just need to pop over a mug and pour over with hot water. 


“Since some of our customers requested new flavors, we thought of looking for good-tasting coffee at a lower price point (Prime Blend) and a more premium coffee (Guatemala Blend) that suited our brand,” shares Cleo Chianpian, owner of Caldi Drip Coffee. The Prime Blend is made from Catimor coffee beans sourced from Laos, and is recommended for people who like their coffee dark and heavy bodied. It has tasting notes of almond, caramel, cocoa, and hazelnut. Meanwhile, the Guatemala Blend is a medium-dark roast using strictly hard bean Arabica or coffee grown higher than 4,500 feet above sea level. This variant has tasting notes of blackcurrant, malt, maple, almond, and dark chocolate. Also part of their lineup are Arabica (P280/box of seven) and Blue Mountain (P280/box of seven) variants.


Caldi Drip Coffee started in 2019, a year after Chianpian resigned from his job at a bank. “I became a coffee person during my days working there, but I really got interested on [coffee during a 2018] trip, where my family roamed around different cafés in Japan and after tasting Japan’s exquisite coffee,” says Chianpian. “It immediately brought me back to the time when coffee gave me a sense of calm and comfort [and it] made me want to bring that same feeling to others.” 


With the help of his family, girlfriend, and close friends, he plowed through months of research, setbacks and was able to start Caldi Drip Coffee shortly after—while consuming lots of coffee in the process, of course. 

You can order Caldi Drip Coffee via BeautyMNL, Lazada, and Shopee. For more information, visit Caldi Drip Coffee on Facebook or Instagram.

Main image by Danielle McInnes/Unsplash.

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