Updated: Feb 18, 2021
It is a wonder how, even on hot, humid days, coffee seems to be listed at the top of drinks
Filipinos enjoy to gulp. I mean, what is the significance of coffee in the daily lives of
Filipinos that even on a 30- degree Celsius summer day, a hot brew seems to brighten up
brunch , after lunch dessert, afternoon siestas, and even after 10 rounds of beer.
Filipinos (and me) and coffee can never be separated. Like a specific aroma attached to
every coffee bean. Politics, current events, reviewing for an exam or just simply having
siesta after a tiring day, it seems coffee, is always sticking its hot nose out in our lives.
So, why do Filipinos love coffee?
When life is at its hardest, Filipinos are best known to be as resilient as the coffee bean
itself. The more you roast it, the better it will smell and the higher its price is tagged.
Even when you grind it to its finest, you will just be enticed to savor its hidden character.
Alas, even upon boiling, pressing or making it look like mud, coffee (and Filipinos alike)
will just captivate you and pound your heart with excitement.
I grew up in a small town in Bulacan where coffee is always the first thing offered to
visitors. Though what we serve is instant coffee bought at the nearest tindahan at P1 per
sachet, coffee never left the menu for our guests. It was served with pan de sal if it is
morning, biscuits during mid-meal hours, after bananas in lunch, and well, after some of
the family friends have had enough liquor for the evening. It was mixed with ice when
kids can’t really bear the heat. Adults, well in my opinion, naturally want their coffee hot
and refreshing. I believe it is what keeps us relaxed, talking, and laughing. As I matured
and knew different trades in life, I always came back to the simplistic approach in my
home back in Bulacan- serve coffee to visitors even if they don’t drink it. It’s our own
way of saying, hey, when you visit us, we want to hear you out. So stay awhile, relax, and
drink a cup with us.
On birthdays, after a good slice of cake, coffee is there. On weddings, after all the wine
has been poured, it is served. On those sleepless nights cramming up for projects, it is a
wake up call. When graduation comes, when all the excitement needs to be calmed, it
serves its purpose. Even at the very last hour for our goodbyes to be heard, coffee makes
us want to savor every single word aired. I grew up thinking and living that life without
coffee is life incomplete. I believe that like a good cup of brew, even life’s darkness
could exhaust a very refreshing aroma in the end.
After all the hardships and pain, we can just always fall back, relax, and take it one small sip at a time. Maybe that’s why Filipinos (like me) love to drink coffee. Life might not make sense without it.