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).

FoodPrints ShootChef Sandy and Barako JoeIlocos Robusta

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.

Coffee Around the PhilippinesCoffee Beans around the PhilippinesCoffee Around the PhilippinesSandy Daza with the Mercados of Lipa

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.

Batangas CoffeeCade de Lipa Gift BoxesSandy DazaAtsara by The Artisan corner@lipa

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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