This is my first coffee table book about coffee. It's more special because my parents found this and gave it to me as a gift.
Kapihan (A Celebration of Coffee is the Philippines) is produced by Nestle Philippines Inc. in 2007. It holds more than 150 pages of stories and attractive photographs of coffee. Nestle Philippines dedicated the book to all those who contributed to the success of Nescafe, from the hardworking Filipino farmer, the appreciative consumer and to the committed team of Nescafe professionals.The first part of the book contains stories on:
- the discovery of coffee
- how coffee reached the shores of Philippines
- when Brazilian Coffee Institute asked Nestle to develop a product that could make commercial use of coffee
The second part of the book shares awareness on how coffee is created--from growing coffee trees, the science behind coffee farming to the system of selling coffee to traders. It also gives a peak at how coffee is processed in order to become coffee powder.
The third part is an ode to why Filipinos love coffee and it is supported by the health benefits we get from drinking coffee.The next section of the book, "Coffee Recollections", is a travelogue of sorts wherein people's coffee experiences took me to Binondo, Bukidnon, Sagada and Cordillera. I learned how rich the Philippines is when it comes to places and skilled people that produce great coffee.
The last two parts of book contains recipes and other uses of coffees. Some recipes include Coffee Adobo, Coffee Sansrival, Coffee Pannacota and Coffee Truffle.
Kapihan is a gallery, album, storybook, cookbook, travelogue and repository trivia. It's a great book for Filipinos and coffee enthusiasts as it heightens one's awareness on coffee and makes drinking coffee more enjoyable.
The book Kapihan is available at Fully Booked (Philippines), priced at P1,125.00.