MEET THE FILIPINO AMERICAN SOURCING AND ROASTING RARE ‘LESS BITTER’ BARAKO BEANS FROM THE PHILIPPINES IN O.C.
Did anyone have the Philippines or Liberica on their lists?
If you did, you can skip ahead to the next paragraph. If not, that’s where Ronald Dizon comes in.
Dizon, 40, is the owner and proprietor of Teofilo Coffee in Los Alamitos. His goal: To put Filipino coffee into as many cups as possible. To this writer’s knowledge, Teofilo is L.A. and O.C.’s only Filipino and Filipino-owned coffee house that emphasizes importing coffee beans direct from the Philippines to make the coffee at Teofilo.
The Philippines is one of the few regions within the coffee belt–the region within the tropics—-that can grow the four different coffee beans. Globally, the most popular is the Arabica bean, but that’s mostly because most countries only grow Arabica. One of the main focuses here is the Liberica bean or kapeng barako in Tagalog, and according to Dizon, it finishes with a smoother, less bitter taste.