July 26, 2021, 3 minute read
By Kimstore, Graphics by Michael Magtoto
The Kimstore office skews to the millennial side and, as you can assume, consumes more coffee than the average office. From 3-in-1 coffee to pour-overs, to the suki of the Caffino Italia 2-in-1 Grind & Brew Automatic Coffee Maker, everyone in the office has their own preference.
It is so easy to get quality coffee beans these days and there are so many Pinoy brands to try that we’re having a hard time choosing which one to try first!
We’ve shortened our list and, in no particular order, present to you some locally sourced coffees that we are excited to try at the office.
SGD and Mirabueno
Right off the bat, SGD and Mirabueno coffee have to take the lead. These two won in the 5th International Contest of Locally Roasted Coffees held in Italy in 2019. SGD hails from Sagada while Mirabueno comes from Bukidnon with a great story on top of their beans. Both are under the Coffee Heritage Project, a private non-profit organization that focuses on the quality of coffee production.
Bo’s Coffee has got to be one of the oldest coffee brands in the Philippines by now. They started in 1996, which means they’re older than some of Kimstore’s staff. Bo’s offers single origin and signature blends from Mt. Apo, Sagada, Mt. Katinglad, Mt. Matutum.
Coffee culture has always been tied to equity for farmers. It led to the rise of Fair Trade coffee and the fight for the rights of coffee farmers. In the Philippines, among the champions for fair trade is Kalsada Coffee. In fact, they do more than the standards for fair trade by paying $1 more per pound.
Carry & Brew
Carry & Brew advocates eco-friendly and locally grown coffee with a focus on portability, hence the name. If you want to dig deeper into the nitty-gritty of coffee brewing, they also carry tools and equipment. By making your coffee brewing kit portable and reusable, Carry & Brew hopes to lessen waste like sachets, packets, disposable cups, and more.
A big worry when getting into coffee is the price. Of everything. Coffee beans will no doubt cost more than instant coffee. Add to that the cost of equipment, other consumables, and maybe you want a better mug?
That’s why we use the Caffino Italia 2-in-1 Grind & Brew Automatic Coffee Maker at the office. It's affordable, easy to use, and can brew quickly enough for the entire office. It is honestly the perfect middle ground. A step up from instant 3-in-1 coffee without getting into the fuss of extreme coffee brewing.
Yes, a good cup of coffee takes time but sometimes, you just don’t have the time to carefully pour and attend to every little detail.
If you are in the same pickle, then don’t mind the snobs and the gatekeepers. The Caffino Italia is an affordable coffee maker that makes it easy for people to upgrade without the price tag. It's
a great piece of equipment for finding your preference for grind size, roast profiles, and other factors before going deeper into the lifestyle. Check it out at Kimstore.com.
Most important of all, just make sure you’re enjoying yourself. Nothing beats a good cup of coffee whatever your taste may be.
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