Coffee is one of the popular beverages in every household, office, café and restaurant. Most of us usually start our day drinking a cup or two, and then another one in the afternoon, and sometimes in the evening as well. Hahaha lot’s of coffee addicts. Coffee is also one of the favorite drinks by workers like call center agents, hospital staff, to name a few which helps them to keep awake during their working hours. And who can relate to this?… Other people cannot think and function well without drinking coffee first.
Let’s admit it. Most of us love to drink coffee and that is the reason why café business has been booming consistently in the Philippines. But you now what?, good coffee does not always have to come from your favorite café. Home-brewed coffee, especially when locally sourced is one of the best tasting coffee that you will ever taste not to mention its health benefits.
If you would ask me, I would always prefer to make my own coffee at home and use locally-sourced coffee than buy one in cafés. Why? Aside from it is much more economical, I can adjust and experiment with the taste according to my own preference. Plus, I can help our local coffee farmers by patronizing their coffee produce.
To support this kind of movement, Robinsons Supermarket just partnered with Silca Coffee in their recent Coffee Fest which happened at Robinsons Supermarket Ermita where a simple coffee appreciation class were held.
Let me introduce first Silca Coffee…
Silca Coffee Roasting Company, Inc. is a family-owned coffee company based in Silang Cavite founded by Enrile M. Asuncion.
Enrile’s background in coffee dates back to the 1970’s, when he and wife, Evelyn, began exporting Philippine coffee worldwide, under the name Evrile Enterprises, which grew to be one of the largest coffee exporters in the Philippines. In 1983 the couple founded Silca Trading in Bellevue, Washington, just outside of Seattle, importing the finest coffees from all over the world.
Homesick, the couple decided to come back to the Philippines in the 1990’s where Enrile began roasting. After extensive practice and travel to seek out mentors in roasting, Enrile imported a state of the art roaster from Germany and began sharing his craft. Business was booming, but life took Enrile for a turn – he suffered a heart attack in 2008. It was at this time that his son Michael, decided to leave his career as an investment banker in Hong Kong, and help his father with the business.
In 2010, Michael changed the name to Silca Coffee Roasting Company, in honor of the town, Silang, Cavite, where the family has its roots, and where the facility is located. Armed with Enrile’s expertise, charisma and passion, and Michael’s analytic approach, the two made a great team. In 2012, Enrile was diagnosed with colon cancer, which instilled a fighting spiriting in the two, and drove them to take the company to new heights. In that time, daughters Jaclyn and Carolyn moved home. Enrile passed away in 2014, leaving behind a lasting legacy as a dedicated family man and savvy businessman. Silca Coffee is a homegrown business, and proudly Filipino (Source: silcacoffee.com)
The company supplies freshly roasted Philippine and imported coffees to hotels restaurants, coffee shops, food chains and in major supermarkets nationwide offering their brands Kick-Start Coffee and Silcafe.
Going back at the Robinsons Supermarket Coffee Fest, Michael Asuncion, President of Silca Coffee Roasting Company Inc., showed us 3 methods on how to prepare home-brewed coffee. One method is the usual Coffee brewer(coffee maker) which we are very familiar about and there are two others as follows:
Pour over Method
Step 1: Prepare the pour-over setup. Place the Filter on the dipper.
Step 2: Pre-soak the filter by pouring boiling water over the filter to rinse out any persistent paper taste.
Step 3: Add the grounded coffee to the filter.
Step 4: Gently pour hot water and saturate the ground coffee, stop before coffee starts to flow from bottom of filter. The pour should take about 15 seconds. Give the coffee an additional 30 seconds to drip before moving on to the second pour.
Step 5: Pour the rest of the water into the dripper in a spiral pattern, beginning at the center.
Step 6: Wait for the water to drain all the way into mug or coffee pitcher.
Step 7: Enjoy your coffee.
French Press Method (Source: silcacoffee.com)
Step 1: Measure the amount of water you need to heat by pouring in the cup you will use. Heat water in hot water kettle.
Step 2: Measure 1-2 tablespoons of coarsely grounded coffee. Place into French Press.
Step 3: Place hot water into French Press and stir.
Step 4: Wait 4 minutes and then push the press down.
Step 5: Pour coffee into cup while holding down the lid.
Step 6: Enjoy your coffee. 🙂