20 Mar Women Barakos & Their Life in Coffee
Women Barakos & Their Life in Coffee
Coffee has become one of the staple go-to morning drinks. Some people can’t even function without coffee. Here are the remarkable women behind the jump start in the coffee industry. Their efforts and passion take part in shaping the future that there is to this bean’s ultimate success.
Kat is the founder of the Philippine chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Association. She is a licensed cupping master and is 1 of only 2 Filipinas who are coffee quality raters in the world. W-O-W. She started out as a barista doing a part-time job just so she could make her mom happy. She is now loving her 13 years in the industry and her aim is to grow the awareness of Filipinos in the rich coffee culture here that is starting to be discovered. In a previous interview, Kat has mentioned that she has probably tried more than 5,000 cups of coffee. Now that is 5,000 good mornings for me.
The CEO of Figaro Coffee Company, Chit’s goal was for kapeng Barako to be well-known as gourmet coffee. The fact that this bean is in its own a creative explosion, its uniqueness gained popularity to many. Being served in their cafes as something that could be paired with an afternoon delight, she has changed the way that people drink coffee in the Philippines, especially this type. Starting out as goods that could be sold in your local wet markets, with the support of people like her, Barako has reached other countries and this ultimately sparks joy and pride.
Inspired by the Filipino Coffee Co., a coffee distributor in Pike Place Seattle, Carmel wanted people to know that Philippine Coffee has heritage. We were first even before Starbucks! Carmel’s dream is tom impact positive social change and coming back home, she helped in bridging the gap between the people who demand good coffee and the Filipino coffee growers who are always behind the scenes. In 2015, she launched a kickstarter campaign that raised 15,000 USD and the brand Kalsada was born.
Hailing from their family farm, Hineleban Farms in Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon, Mindanao. She intends to champion sustainability by marrying every bean purchase with a promise to plant one tree per bag sold. She works with the local tribes to produce coffee that is sold in their cafe and in multiple Healthy Options branches. She desires to enrich tribes with an education that teaches them the proper ways of planting and the apt land practices.
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Last week, @annehbella played photographer and stylist (well, she's really a stylist naman) while I played dress up! She asked me to bring a few outfits I would normally wear for certain occasions and bring 1 wildcard…an outfit I wanted to try but never got around to wearing. This dress I like to call my "lola dress" has been hanging out in my closet since I snagged it on super sale at @uniqlophofficial. I love the @inesdelafressangeofficial collab and this piece was a steal! I didn't know how I would style it. But that's what friends like Anne are for. 😆😘 I never would have thought of wearing this with my fuchsia pumps and flamingo earrings. 😝 Yay or nay? My dad doesn't really like it. But I think he's just not used to seeing this girly granny side of me. 🤣 Check out Anne's post about our laughtrip of a shoot on stylistofsorts.com. Link on my bio! #JuanWithCoffee
After being an Area Manager for a coffee company in Shanghai, Ros moved back to the Philippines and became a social media strategist. She has noticed that people have forgotten the essence of offline interactions. Everything has gotten digital that people don’t connect socially in person anymore. It became apparent to her and she worked on creating a place where she can gather people. She later opened Commune. A coffee shop in Polaris street in Poblacion. Literally a place called to bring people together through coffee.
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