Opening shop in time to help Calgarians battle the winter cold, Kape Barako’s imported coffee promises customers it will deliver a caffeine kick that keeps your blood alive.
Grown in the volcanic soil of Batangas, the rich, pungent aroma of the coffee alone is enough to jolt awake the senses. The founder of Kape Barako, Carina Gallo describes the taste as a contrast of heaven and hell.
“It’s dark as the devil and sweet as an angel,” says Gallo. “The coffee is really strong, so you don’t need to drink a lot—just a small cup would be enough to give you energy for the day.”
‘Kape’ is the Tagalog word for ‘coffee’ and ‘barako’ gives the image of a young stud or tough guy. Put the two words together and you’ve got ‘strong coffee.’
“My father’s favourite type of coffee was kape barako,” Gallo recalls fondly. “Captain Decena was a simple guy, a sailor in the Visayas region back in the day. I started my business in memory of him.”
Eyeing expansion in the near future, Gallo plans on opening a restaurant that can offer a wider selection of Filipino cuisine.
“Because we’re located at the mall food court, we’re limited on what we can serve because of business licensing constraints,” Gallo explains. “But we still have a variety of Filipino favourites here like babinka, puto, sago at gulaman, taho, kwek kwek and steamed shomai in roasted seaweed.”
Whether you are looking for a bold caffeine boost or to satisfy your craving for tasty Filipino baked goods and snacks, stop by Kape Barako in Deerfoot Mall.
Kape Barako is also open for franchising opportunities. If any entrepreneurs are interested in investing in the company, you can contact Gallo at (403)474-0807.