For the love of Coffee

Coffee is a staple of almost every household. Here in the Philippines, grown-ups are the role models of kids when it comes to coffee-drinking. I remember my lolo from my mother’s side and my lola from my dad’s side who would prep a cup of coffee for me every morning whenever I stayed in either of their homes during the summer months. I can vividly remember I was just around 6 or 7 years old when I had the taste of coffee that’s piping hot in a cup, with a bit of sugar and/or milk.

Colombian coffee courtesy of our friend Mico Duenas

My lola is an avid coffee drinker and I think I got the taste for strong coffee through her influence. She makes strong but delicious cup of coffee with milk or creamer. On the other hand, my lolo, who doesn’t like milk or cream in his coffee, would tell me to drink coffee as it is. Just add a little sugar to taste and enjoy the hot beverage on its own. I appreciate my grandparents’ influences and their personalized approach in preparing and drinking coffee.

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By the way, we’re not talking about brewed in the French press or coffee maker type of coffees here. We are not old school, we use instant. And with their simple life back then, as it is now, my grandparents did not have those coffee brewing equipment. We either have Nescafe or Great Taste instant coffee. Nowadays we have many brands of instants with 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 to choose from.

The world of cafés and coffee shops have invaded the Philippines over the years. Now we also have hundreds of these establishments in almost any part of the country. Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Figaro are the most prominent names in the industry. They serve pastries and snacks that are not so common back then. We may be Westernized because of establishments like these, but coffee-drinking among the youth dates back more than a few decades ago.

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Loving coffee as a staple drink is quite common among Filipinos. It is our all-in-one beverage for any occasion. May it be a happier time or a grieving moment, we always have coffee available to soothe the soul and to quench our thirst.