A cup of coffee and more with Barako Joe

A cup of coffee

As promised, sharing photos taken at Barako Joe’s coffee farm in Lipa, Batangas. Barako Joe is Jose Macasaet Honrade Mercado, a third generation coffee farmer/trader and as he describes himself, “a coffee farmer since birth.”

Tito Joe’s family was featured in Chef Sandy Daza’s FoodPrints. I hope you enjoyed the entire Season 1 as much as I did behind the scenes.

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FoodPrints shot at his farm and log cabin home overlooking the placid Taal Lake early in the morning. They were gracious enough to prepare coffee, of course by the famly-owned Cafe de Lipa, with Lipa specialties pancit lang-lang, tamalis and an assortment of cakes made by The Artisan (the chef daughter of Tito Joe).

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The eldest of his sons says, “Roasting is an art, but in the end it’s the roaster who decides.” Good  coffee, they say, should have a balance of sour and bitter notes.

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Chef Sandy Daza with the Mercados

Breakfast with the Mercados

I had the best ever butterscotch cake here!

Breakfast with the Mercados

Coffee and milk ‘dos: My boss Jennie Celdran and Tita Ligaya Mercado.

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The fruits are grown in their farm and made into atsara after the harvest season. They are all good! My instant loves are the paho, santol and luya.

Sari-saring atsara at The Artisan corner@lipaTawilis at Atsarang paho

We had a beautiful lunch at Cafe de Lipa. Heaven in tawilis + paho atsara and adobo flakes + santol atsara!

with Mr. Barako Joe

In behalf of Sandy Daza, Jennie Celdran and FoodPrints, thanking the Mercado family for the wonderful time we spent with them. Nakaka-miss their super sarap food. Actually!

Here are other photos shot in Batangas.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

Non-Food Prints with FoodPrints in Batangas


Over the past 3 months I’ve been working as a blogger/vacationing as a tourist from Ilocos with the FoodPrints food travelogue series of Chef Sandy Daza, I’ve gained an overload of beautiful prints with extraordinary friends. Life is weirdly good. My computer memory is so full I need to delete files every now and then.

KalsadaJeepneyTaalPanueloSalakotTaal MarketJusi at Piña

Batangas is such an interesting place. I’d want to go back to the Taal Market where I discovered fabulous Filipiniana and fine jusi and piña calado. My mom would have gone nuts in Taal! I bought Alexa a pretty handpainted Maria Clara. Check out the food here.

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Chanced upon himagsikan mood while katipineros and prayles were being filmed at the Taal Basilica.

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I insisted on having a photo with Chef Sandy. When they filmed him with me for the initial episode (here), hahah, direk Cris had to call my attention ‘coz I was always looking at the food and not into my guest’s eyes.

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The Mercados, owners of Cafe de Lipa. They belong to a family of century-old coffee farmers. I’m posting a story on Barako Joe soon.

A Toast to FoodPrints

Thank You! Cheers, FoodPrints!

Photographed by Blauearth, Cris, Jeng and Mark
© Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

Pontefino Hotel and Residences: A Chance at Luxury

Row Houses

Living at a deluxe address for five days in Batangas for the FoodPrints taping was something unexpected.  Our gracious host, the Pontefino Hotel and Residences, located in Batangas City, made sure the team had a great time relaxing amid frenetic travels. Our rooms were spacious and always clean. Food was consistently, memorably delicious (the owners are the same as Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt). There’s a posh Piandre Salon within the vicinity, so lovely expert massages were at hand. There’s also a gym for workout junkies. The pools were warmly inviting, how could I forget the swimsuit? Mornings were greeted with Batangas coffee and a genial staff. Though the hotel was fairly busy, I had not one unpleasant experience.

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I have more wonderful news for you. The exclusive Pontefino Prime are rows of houses, reminiscent of the Painted Ladies in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco. If you’re raring to buy a property, or invest your money for good earnings each month via lease back programs, you might be interested to checkout Pontefino in the first-class province of Batangas. In addition, plans of constructing loft buildings and a commercial strip are underway.

Pontefino is home to tourists visiting Batangas and expats (connected with the Malampaya Deepwater Gas-to-Power project). They like the quiet elegance and the relatively safe and secure community.

Via the South Luzon Expressway, Pontefino is a mere two hours away from Metro Manila.

Sunset Over PontefinoDining Room

The model house at Pontefino Prime, with only a few units unowned.

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Contact BlauEarth if you need to know more about Pontefino Residences.

*Big thanks to Bobbie, Judy, Dennis, Liz and the staff of Fino Property Ventures.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013