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Liberica (Barako) Coffee

josquared Sep 6, 2011 12:03 PM

Just wondering if anyone has experience in using the beans for brewing coffee.

I spotted some beans at the local Asian market - aside from being a little worried about their freshness, it would seem based on my research these beans would produce a pretty strong product in a moka pot or similar.

  1. HillJ Sep 6, 2011 12:30 PM

    A friend from the Philippines brews Barako beans with Arabicas beans to make her own blend. The Barako beans by themselves are mild and nutty. While beans are better to buy than ground coffee, I'd check the date of your source for freshness markers. Barako is so rare to find, having a local supplier is on the one hand lucky...on the other..would have me wondering how long it's been there. Good luck.

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    1. re: HillJ
      josquared Sep 7, 2011 07:15 AM

      Thanks - I do worry about the freshness of the beans I located. I tried doing a bit of a smell test and they really didn't have that strong coffee odor, which made me think that these things have been there for awhile. But then again, I realize that these are beans I've never come across so I didn't want to jump to conclusions.

      I just may bite the bullet and grab some and brew some up, both separately and in a mix with some other beans, and see what happens.

      1. re: josquared
        HillJ Sep 7, 2011 07:19 AM

        Sounds like a good plan, josquared. See if the store owner can be of any further assistance when you purchase too.

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