Basilio Coffee: Filipino through and through
If not for my dentist’s strong warning against very sweet three-in-one drinks, I wouldn’t have known about Basilio: Coffee to Share.
“Brewed tastes infinitely better and packs less calories too,” she reminded me towards the end of our afternoon session. At that point, I knew that I have to change my ‘morning sachet ritual’ or suffer the more expensive consequences later on.
The search for a better alternative
By some strange coincidence, I bumped into fellow bloggers Neil and Issa one Sunday not too long ago. I shared to them my caffeine dilemma since they are coffee enthusiasts themselves.
“Why don’t you try Basilio?” Neil suggested. “Their bags are affordable, easy to prepare, and taste good as well.”
I headed to Rustan’s a few hours later and brought home a pack of Basilio’s Dalisay Blend (100% Arabica). They also offer other blends -the stronger Muni-Muni (90% Robusta, 10% Arabica) and the unique Tinatangi (60% Arabica, 30% Robusta and 10% Exelsa).
Filipino through and through
The rich coffee aroma enveloped my room as soon as I poured hot water over a Basilio easy-drip bag. I slowly sipped the brew and realized that my friends were right with Basilio. It’s definitely one good cup of joe.
What makes it even better is the fact that Basilio is not just another coffee company. It is a fair trade enterprise that has been working with coffee farmers all over the Philippines. They are also bringing their air roaster, a patented Filipino invention, close to where the beans are sourced.
The said technology will “enable the farmers to roast their beans, drink and even sell their own coffee.”
Basilio Coffee (which I believe is named after one of the owners and not the character from Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere) is indeed Filipino through and through – from the bean all the way to the cups that I have been enjoying ever since I heeded my dentist’s advice.
I don’t think she has heard about Basilio: Coffee to Share though. On my next visit, I’ll make sure to bring a pack for her to try out.