I grew up in the Philippines and my rearing iincluded drinking coffee at an early age. Its most likely because it was my dad's roots as well introducing me into his provincial region's favorite past time: drinking enjoyable 'kapeng barako'. He hails from Batangas, about 90 km south of Manila, Philippines. This was the place where the Spaniards brought horses and coffee beans (Arabica and Liberica beans) during their 330 years of colonization of the Philippines. Kapeng Barako was born.
Everyday since my 8th birthday, not a day without kapeng barako. Right through my college years when I drank more coffee to keep up and going suring those tough ebngineering studies. I thought that was the end of ny coffee adventure. I migrated to Canada in early 80's, and I got cut off from the drink of my life.
Sure enough, I tried all of the Canadian hot brews but none if them got to my taste. It was sometime 1988, that I got hooked on to my first taste of real kape...the closest to my kapeng barako back in the homeland...Tim Hortons got me all started up again. Until today, and with the kids growing up, all Canadians, they had their lunches, breakfasts, and even dinners and breaktimes with me at Tims.
Every family and siblings meet and dine at Tims. We got friends working at Tims in most places we've been. Tims is part if our family. Everywhere we go to the US, we always bring t
Tims coffee and bits...right across the border. We're just glad they never ask us at the border to declare where we bought our coffee and donuts. Nothing tastes better ,not even closer to our Tim Hortons coffee and hot chocolate.
I'm glad I got Tim Hortons right in our neighborhood and I don' t miss my Kapeng barako coz I got something much better thats brewing fresh.