Why Kapeng Barako and Tablea Should Be Staples in Your Pantry


Kapeng Barako and tablea are top of mind items when it comes to local beverages. But with the influx of western brands and alternatives to these items, people seem to have forgotten about choosing these proudly Pinoy products.

Luckily, thanks to the efforts being exerted by local brands of Kapeng Barako and tablea, the industry’s decline seems to be put on halt.

One of which is Aré. With an unwavering goal to bring the spotlight back to the humble items, the brand wants to let you know six reasons why kapeng barako and tablea should be staples in your pantry:

  1. All natural and with no preservatives added
    This line may be used over and over, but there is no other way to put it. And with so much threats to our health, it is a no brainer that you should opt for items that are pure and unadulterated.
  1. Sip its health benefitsIt’s a widely known fact that coffee and chocolates are rich in antioxidants. But more than that, studies say that coffee: lowers risk of heart disease, reduces colorectal cancer risk, and contributes to your daily fiber intake.Tablea on the other hand, is also a super food. Not only it can improve your mood, it is also rich in magnesium and potassium!
  2. Kapeng Barako and Tablea are just as versatile as their counterparts.
    Yes, your brewed kapeng barako can be consumed hot or iced. But you can also make Barako Cold Brew for your iced latte and more. Or use your tablea not just in drinks, but also in cakes and other baked treats, also in your favorite champorado!
  3. You support small home-based businesses
    Proudly display them in your pantry as if they are trophies awarded to you for helping small businesses in Batangas. One of which is a coffee stall that has been in business for almost 40 years. And the other, a humble home business that has been making tablea since the 1930s! So with every purchase, you help them realize their goal!

  1. It’s what your lolos and lolas used to enjoy
    Long before western cafes and the likes, our lolos and lolas would catch up over a cup of kapeng barako. Or they would entertain guests and gossip over a cup of tsokolate de batirol. So for sure, every sip can help you relive your fondest memory of the good old days.
  2. It is heritage in a cup!
    Sure, lolo and lola know these items by heart. But we can still back track centuries before they were born. Remember “tsokolate-eh” and “tsokolate-ah” in Dr. Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo? That’s how integral tablea is to our history. Tracing its roots back to the 1700s, cacao – used to make tablea – and kapeng barako have stood the test of time! These two products remain as icons of the province of Batangas. Imagine years of existence, through wars till the new age, its aroma alone can help reel in nostalgia.

For sure all these factoids made you want to sip a warm cup of kapeng barako or tsokolate tablea. Head on to Aré’s Facebook and Instagram pages to start stocking and have a taste of heritage. #SipTradition


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