How to make Kapeng Barako

Kapeng Barako is a kind of coffee grown in the Philippines, primarily in the provinces of Batangas. It is also best known as the best coffee in the country.

What is Kapeng Barako?

Barako is a Tagalog word that means strong man or manliness, and Kape means coffee. Because of its strong taste, it got the name Kapeng Barako. 😃

These coffee beans belonged to Coffea Liberica and were brought to the Philippines and planted in Lipa by Spaniards during the Spanish colonial era.

I am sharing this post because not everyone is aware of blending or brewing these precious beans.

This is just a guideline to help you with how to brew Kapeng Barako. This guide is for those who have and don’t have an available french coffee press at home. Just remember that the coffee is strong, so if you don’t want a strong blend, you are free to adjust the amount of ground bean or water.

Preparing the Kapeng Barako using a French Coffee Press

How to prepare Kapeng Barako the Batangas way

  1. Boil water in a pot.
  2. Add sugar and let the mixture boil for a few seconds. Remove pot from heat.
  3. Add the Barako coffee, stir, and allow coffee to brew for at least 5 minutes before straining.
  4. Enjoy!


  • In Batangas, brown sugar is used as a sweetener, and others prefer honey.
  • The cream can be added for individual taste.

Kapeng Barako is still part of most Batangueno’s mornings, and we still love it as a sabaw for our rice. 😍

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You will need:

  • 4 cups water, boiled
  • 3.5 tbsp kapeng barako
  • 3 tbsp sugar (brown sugar or muscavado)

Procedure (video):

  1. If you have a whole bean, make sure that you have a coffee bean grinder available. Then grind your beans according to your need.
  2. After grinding your coffee beans, measure your water, and heat it until it boils.
  3. While waiting for your water to boil, measure and add your coffee and sugar (optional and you can add sugar later) to the french press and then add the correct ratio of hot water afterward.
  4. Put the lid on and start timing. Set your timer for 5 minutes and cover your french press.
  5. After 5 minutes, slowly press the plunger down. Ensure you press it down all the way, or your coffee will continue to brew into over-extraction.
  6. You did it! Enjoy your Kapeng Barako. 

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