Java lovers, time to ditch the boring instant brews and heighten your coffee drinking experience

Cadence Loh
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·4 min read

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Kapeng barako, Benguet coffee, Sagada coffee, Kahawa Sug (Sulu coffee or Sulu robusta), and tsokolate (chocolate). Are you familiar with these local coffee terms? Do you struggle to make an order at our local coffee shops? Or do you rattle off these coffee terms with ease? Some of us may be more attuned to terms commonly used by big coffee chains switching from espresso, macchiato, ristretto, Americano, café latte, cappuccino, flat white, to affogato easily whatever catches our fancy that day. Ah, those pre-covid days.

Now that we are primarily working from home, where a decent cuppa may not be as easily available as when we were based in the office, we can only rely on our own brews. If you, like me, have tried every brand available at our local supermarkets and still find none that you fancy, my fellow coffee lover, this article’s for you!

Did you know that 1 October has been marked as International Coffee Day? Started in Milan 2015 by the International Coffee Organisation (ICO), this day aims to recognize the efforts of coffee farmers across the world, whose livelihood depends on the crop. From its antioxidant properties, health and beauty benefits to its reputation as a pre-workout performance enhancer, and its multipurpose uses as body scrub and fertilizer for your plants, the reasons to celebrate an aromatic cup of java are aplenty.

Now’s the time to elevate your coffee drinking experience to new heights! We have round up a dizzying array of coffee makers, coffee beans from instant form, java beans, coffee powder, pods, bags to decaffeinated and health-boosting coffee. There’s something for those who are new to coffee, coffee connoisseurs, and anyone in between.

Why not gather a few of your coffee-loving friends for a cup of joe in the comfort of your home? Happy shopping and cheers to International Coffee Day!

Health-boosting coffee

Thanks to its excellent ability to kickstart the day, the liquid energy now comes in many variations. Here are a few coffee selections that are infused with health-enhancing ingredients like Lion’s Mane, cordyceps and Reishi mushroom powder.

Four Sigmatic, Mushroom Coffee Mix with Lion's Mane, 10 Packets, 2.5g each, ₱602.00

Four Sigmatic, Mushroom Coffee Mix with Lion's Mane. PHOTO: iHerb
Four Sigmatic, Mushroom Coffee Mix with Lion's Mane. PHOTO: iHerb

Dr. Axe / Ancient Nutrition, Keto Cold Brew, Ancient Energy Elixir, 220g, ₱1,753.13

Dr. Axe / Ancient Nutrition, Keto Cold Brew. PHOTO: iHerb
Dr. Axe / Ancient Nutrition, Keto Cold Brew. PHOTO: iHerb

California Gold Nutrition, CafeCeps, Certified Organic Instant Coffee with Cordyceps and Reishi Mushroom Powder, 100g, ₱494.26

California Gold Nutrition, CafeCeps, Certified Organic Instant Coffee with Cordyceps and Reishi Mushroom Powder. PHOTO: iHerb
California Gold Nutrition, CafeCeps, Certified Organic Instant Coffee with Cordyceps and Reishi Mushroom Powder. PHOTO: iHerb

Decaf’s the answer

Love coffee, but it keeps you up at night? Try these caffeine-free versions.

Teeccino, Chicory Herbal Coffee, Medium Roast, Caffeine Free, Hazelnut, 312g, ₱495.24

Teeccino, Chicory Herbal Coffee. PHOTO: iHerb
Teeccino, Chicory Herbal Coffee. PHOTO: iHerb

Mount Hagen, Organic Fairtrade Coffee, Instant, Decaffeinated, 100g, ₱465.10

Mount Hagen, Organic Fairtrade Coffee, Instant, Decaffeinated. PHOTO: iHerb
Mount Hagen, Organic Fairtrade Coffee, Instant, Decaffeinated. PHOTO: iHerb

Hassle-free coffee machines

Want something more than instant coffee but think that it’s too much hassle to grind and brew your own cup of coffee? Get a coffee maker for brews that are consistent and give you the right amount of jolt every time. Here are some reliable ones you may wish to consider.

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Hotter Coffee Option, PHP 5,226

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Hotter Coffee Option. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond
Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Hotter Coffee Option. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond

Essenza Mini Ruby Red, ₱7,500

Assorted colours available.

Essenza Mini Coffee. PHOTO: Nespresso
Essenza Mini Coffee. PHOTO: Nespresso

Shop for other Nespresso machine selections and Nespresso pods here.

Work for your coffee with coffee grinders

Prefer to make your own brew? Try these grinders and pour-overs for a more intimate coffee-making experience.

Krups Black Coffee Grinder, PHP 1,045

Krups Black Coffee Grinder. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond
Krups Black Coffee Grinder. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond

Melitta® Pour-Over Coffee Brewer with Travel Mug in Black, PHP 522

Melitta® Pour-Over Coffee Brewer. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond
Melitta® Pour-Over Coffee Brewer. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond

Get your Hario V60 and other pour-overs.

Primula The Big 1-Gallon Iced Tea & Cold Coffee Brewer, PHP 1,306

Primula The Big 1-Gallon Iced Tea & Cold Coffee Brewer. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond
Primula The Big 1-Gallon Iced Tea & Cold Coffee Brewer. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond

Try these if you prefer cold brews.

Travel-friendly French press

AeroPress® Coffee & Espresso Maker, PHP 1,567

AeroPress® Coffee & Espresso Maker. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond
AeroPress® Coffee & Espresso Maker. PHOTO: Bed Bath and Beyond

Top up your coffee supplies here.

Non-coffee, coffee items

So you really love the mood-boosting coffee aroma and can't get enough of it. Here are some coffee-related, non-coffee, coffee items be it for a pick-me-up during late afternoon meetings, or beauty products made with coffee.

Simply Gum, Gum, Natural Coffee, 15 pieces, ₱134.44

Simply Gum, Gum, Natural Coffee. PHOTO: iHerb
Simply Gum, Gum, Natural Coffee. PHOTO: iHerb

Leven Rose, Coffee Eye Lift Serum, 30ml, ₱987.03

Leven Rose, Coffee Eye Lift Serum. PHOTO: iHerb
Leven Rose, Coffee Eye Lift Serum. PHOTO: iHerb

Isvara Organics, Coffee Sugar Body Polish, 355ml, ₱604.97

Isvara Organics, Coffee Sugar Body Polish. PHOTO: iHerb
Isvara Organics, Coffee Sugar Body Polish. PHOTO: iHerb

Purlisse, Coconut Oil + Coffee, Sugar Body Scrub, 170g, ₱1,067.59

Purlisse, Coconut Oil + Coffee, Sugar Body Scrub. PHOTO: iHerb
Purlisse, Coconut Oil + Coffee, Sugar Body Scrub. PHOTO: iHerb

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