When you think coffee, you go to Lipa City for the famed "Kapeng Barako". Lipa is a first class component city in the province of Batangas, alongside Batangas City and Tanauan. 

Lipa turned into the fourth biggest coffee maker on the planet in 1880s, with production that is enough to cover the lack of coffee beans from Brazil, the best maker, which was then hit with coffee rust. This became one of the reasons why Lipa was the first Coffee Capital of the Philippines. The known “Kapeng Barako” is actually Liberica. It has a strong aroma that is floral and fruity and has a full and smoky flavor once roasted. Liberica coffee is associated with Batangueños’ trait of being ‘barako’ or ‘matapang’ because of this strong flavor and aroma. Liberica coffee and the soil of Batangas fit perfectly together, like that perfect blend on a cup for a rainy Monday afternoon.

Also famed the Little Rome of the Philippines and the seat of the Archdiocese, Lipa is a paradise for pilgrims and holiday makers alike, being home to beautiful attractions and landmarks like the Lipa Carmel Monastery where the alleged Marian apparition took place in 1948 to a former Carmelite novice and the Cathedral of San Sebastian to name a few.

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