Craving Kopi Roti

Kopi Roti Breakfast

Ali, Jeng and I almost missed our flight to Iloilo because of this Kopi Roti breakfast at Kopi Roti at the NAIA Terminal 3. And as usual, I am to blame because I had a difficult time choosing which bread to have with my iced kopi. And then I have to take photos of everything that passes down my maw.

Kopi Roti Kaya Toast

I’m not too familiar with Singaporean cuisine. I’ve tried Martine’s Kaya spread (in a bottle), a coconut jam famous in Singapore and Malaysia, before, but it was nothing spectacular at first try. The experience of bringing together a kaya toast, dripping in condensed milk, and perfectly soft boiled eggs, with what looked like chocolate, but is actually soya sauce and white pepper is something I’m craving about every morning. I’ve never had soft boiled eggs so good! The kopi bun, their signature bread, looked appetizing too. It’s meant to be dipped in the egg-soya sauce mixture. The coffee was surprisingly better than your average caffeine fix.

It was worth running about 50 ft to board the shuttle to the plane.

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Expresso yourself kind of day

Espresso Yourself

Can’t have too much coffee ‘coz it shows in my typing. Thank God it’s Saturday! Bought Brandon matcha cream and cheesecake and iced Almond Roca coffee for myself.

I’m liking the new walls of Giannis coffee shop.  My coffee as well. The almond comes out and it’s the good level of sweet.

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Giannis is located beside the Pagudpud terminal, at the back of the capitol.

Photographed by Brandon and Blauearth
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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.

Picture 503-2Taal Lake

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.

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