Connect
To Top

Mindanawon pride in Pikit coffee

When speaking of coffee in the Philippines, we almost always end up mentioning Kapeng Barako from Batangas, supposedly that “strong, STRONG” coffee (thus the name, “Barako” for “ultra masculine/macho/brusque”) that is obviously a way, way better alternative than the Pinoy regular 3-in-1.

What not many know is that the Philippines actually has other coffees also worthy of being given attention. And here, the Pikit coffee comes to mind.

Pikit, by the way, is a first class municipality in the province of Cotabato in Mindanao in southern Philippines. As per the 2015 census, it has a population of 154,441 people (thereby the most populous municipality and local government unit in the province). It is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Aleosan; on the south by Pagalungan, Maguindanao; on the west by the Municipality of Midsayap and the Liguasan marsh; and on the east by the Municipality of Datu Montawal.

For many who aren’t from Mindanao, Pikit is infamous for “hosting” wars (literally) – e.g. the so-called Pikit War between Muslim separatists and the Philippines army took place there in 2003. This, obviously, creates that impression that this is but a “land of war” (it isn’t!).

Now back to what may be the place’s best offering – i.e. coffee.

Robusta is the variety (mostly); but after being freshly ground, there are three ways the coffee is “presented”, i.e. dark, darker, darkest. Obviously, the tastes vary – the paler the coffee, the less “strong” it is, so that the palest version is even chocolate-y (close to Vietnamese coffee); while the darkest one is a somewhat paler (milky, even) version of the Barako. No matter the version, though, the coffee isn’t “mapait (bitter)”.

Pikit coffee may be bought from local “palengkes (markets)”; and they sell cheaply, too, for around P100 per kilo.

So the next time there’s chance to try REAL coffee, forget the 3-in-1 excuses for “coffee drinking”. Consider drinking some of the coffees from the Philippines. And here, Pikit coffee sure is worth a try…

Pikit coffee2
Pikit coffee3

Related Post

Discover Hataman, the southernmost province of Phl As the southernmost province of the Philippines eyes to lure tourists to visit the place, Hataman has allocated P139 million to better infrastructures...
Surigao del Sur’s best kept secret After a lazy whole day and serene overnight stay at the Cagwait White Beach, we headed to our next destination, the Britania group of islands - 24 isl...
Discovering ‘dodol’ Many people may say it's nothing but "malagkit" (literally, sticky; though also referring to the "kakanin" or snack food made from sticky rice). And i...
Eyeing to make the Mindanawon world-class at Datu’... The very intention of Datu’s Brew when it opened in May 2011 was to showcase that “Mindanao goods can be world-class”. Particularly because it is a co...
Artsy dining in CDO Yes, we’ve heard about the so-called “milktea panic” that emerged after at least two people (one was a customer, and the other the owner of the shop w...
Carmen celebrates ‘Kahayag 2016’ The municipality of Carmen is slated to host its annual Kahayag Festival this December, when it will illuminate the town hall and parks. Though a soft...
A taste of Digos City’s ‘bibingka’ From all over the Philippines, there are versions of ‘bibingka’ (rice cake) - e.g. in Manila, for instance, when the rice cake is prepared in front of...
BBQ crazy in Cotabato City That Cotabato City in Mindanao is fast changing may be noticeable NOT (just) because of the growing number of malls there (though many may say this is...

More in Eating Out

  • Grilled ‘saging’

    If you are in Mindanao, try another way of preparing banana que/cue - i.e. via grilling.

    Mikee dela CruzFebruary 11, 2019
  • GenSan’s ‘durian central’

    When in GenSan, if durian-craving, head to the street right in front of SM GenSan; from 5PM onwards. That’s the place...

    Michael David TanFebruary 4, 2019
  • BBQ crazy in Cotabato City

    That Cotabato City in Mindanao is fast changing may be noticeable NOT (just) because of the growing number of malls there...

    Mikee dela CruzAugust 12, 2018
The Mindanao group of islands in southern Philippines has long been called as the country's "Promised Land" - albeit this is often said as a yet-fulfilled potential, instead of highlighting what the place now has to offer. We don't only believe it's wrong; we also strongly believe time to correct this and highlight everything about this place that is, indeed, a land full of promise. So here's... Mindanaw Magazine!

Copyright © FRINGE PUBLISHING. All rights reserved.