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College Students in Lipa Highlight the Barako Coffee as Food Ingredient

Creamy chicken liberica served with mashed potatoes.  The chicken meat was marinated in ground kapeng barako beans while the cream of the chicken was infused with barako espresso. 
[This article is a press release from the Lipa City Tourism Council.]

While the Liberica Coffee, also known locally as the “kapeng barako,” has traditionally been the most popular drink among Lipeños, two students from the Lipa City Colleges (LCC) used this coffee as an ingredient for a savory dish and a sweet dessert. Their recipes were presented last 27 October 2017 at the college's mock hotel.

Nineteen-year old Francesco Binalayo from Brgy. San Carlos in Lipa City created a dish called “creamy chicken liberica with mashed potatoes,” the chicken meat marinated with ground kapeng barako beans. Barako espresso was used as part of the cream for the chicken.

Francesco Binalayo from Brgy. San Carlos together with his creamy cicken liberica.
On the other hand, 20-year old Jelaiza Acapulco from Brgy Latag also in Lipa City made a dessert called “triple-layered liberica panna cotta.” Ground paborita buiscuits were used for the bottom layer of the panna cotta instead of the commonly used Graham crackers. The top most part was a Kapeng Barako flavored jelly.

Jelaiza Acapulco from Brgy. Latag in Lipa City together with her dessert triple layered liberica panna cotta. 
This event, which aimed to discover more usages of kapeng barako as a food ingredient, was part of the 2017 Kapeng Barako Festival organized by the Lipa City Tourism Council.

The triple layered liberica panna cotta used traditional a Batangas biscuit called paborita as its base, cooked milk in the middle and brako infused jelly on top. 

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