Filipino Coffee brands I’ve been loving (Part 1)

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To say that I’m one of those incredibly happy about the surging Filipino coffee scene would be an understatement. First it was chocolate and now it’s coffee– two of my favorite things in the world! Ever since my introduction to Figures of Beans, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for other local brands. It didn’t take long for more brands to sprout online, and my adventures in trying out the different Filipino coffee brands out there began to take shape.

Years ago, I had no idea that there were so many places that cultivated coffee in the country. Batangas barako was always famous, but it has been the Mountain Provinces that have been taking the spotlight in recent years. There are now a lot of farmers growing mostly arabica and robusta in the Cordilleras, specifically Benguet and Sagada. Mindanao also produces quite a bit of coffee, although I have yet to try any.

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The best part about this growing coffee industry in the country is how much it helps the lives of Pinoy farmers. I have always wondered why the government gives too little attention to farmers, but somehow I am relieved that at least some private individuals recognize the importance of the local farming industry. Most of the Filipino coffee brands I will be sharing today have made it a mission to partner with local farmers, not just to keep their business going, but to give their partner farmers a consistent source of livelihood.

These Ube Crinkles will make your eyes crinkle in delight

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The story of these Ube Crinkles begin with leftover ube jam. You may remember that I shared my favorite ube halaya brand and my favorite ube cupcakes recipe at the start of the year. After making that, I had forgotten about the small amount of ube jam I had left over in the fridge– until my mother started using it as a spread on her toast. I quickly jumped in to tell her to leave me a little bit just so I could make a half recipe of the cute-as-buttons Ube Crinkles I came across from the Bake Happy blog.

I know that a lot of people love Chocolate Crinkles, but I think this is definitely a good change-up. Frankly speaking, I haven’t eaten a store-bought version of Ube Crinkles as good as these. It could just be my bad luck, but discovering this recipe feels like a victory for ube-lovers like myself who are always looking for ways to make good use of ube halaya.

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Let’s talk about these delicious Ube Cupcakes

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Right now, the last tub of homemade ube halaya is sitting in the fridge. At the start of the year, we received two tubs of homemade ube halaya from two different people who spent their Christmas break laboring to make this delicious jam. (I hear it’s really hard work!) Since I do love me so ube, I was very happy to receive such a gift. But then I realized that if I counted the ube jam I bought last month that sat forgotten in the freezer, that would mean we had three tubs of ube jam waiting to be consumed. Clearly, it was time to make some Ube Cupcakes!

After Christmas, maybe some of you are in the same predicament as me. Well it sure is a good one to be in!

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Ube is having a worldwide moment and I have to say it surprises me not one bit. It’s a common enough thing for us here in the Philippines, but I feel like it wasn’t until it garnered its international fame that it started becoming visible again. Ube-Leche Flan Layer Cakes started popping up on my feeds like crazy! I daresay ube has made a permanent comeback.

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Because I am too lazy at the moment to make one of those cakes, I’m sticking with this super easy, one-bowl recipe for Ube Cupcakes I tested from Yummy Mag. I already knew Yummy wasn’t going to fail me, as evidenced by 98% of the recipes I’ve tried from them so far, but to be honest, I wasn’t expecting the Ube Cupcakes to be this good!

Eat or Retreat: 7 Grains Edamame Protein Pasta for a healthier pasta option?

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Since we started this month talking about Pinoy products, I thought we could keep that streak going for another post. I came across 7 Grains Edamame Protein Pasta while browsing the Wellness section at BeautyMNL. I have been loving that online shop not for beauty products but for getting acquainted with new and interesting Filipino brands. Like I mention on my previous post rounding up my recent favorite Pinoy product discoveries, I have been greatly appreciative of the support BeautyMNL is giving local brands.

You know how when you try to order from certain sites that carry all-local brands but you have to pay separate shipping fees for each brand you order? That’s not the case here. BeautyMNL packs everything for you and sends them all together. You can even get free shipping when they run promos. That’s a big deal for me because individual shipping fees really add up.

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Anyway, enough about BeautyMNL. I’m really here to review the 7 Grains Edamame Protein Pasta. (I also bought their Skinny Tomato Ketchup to try out. While I do like it for its all-natural qualities, it tastes like a slightly sweeter but normal tomato ketchup.) 7 Grains as a brand is new to me, and so is the idea of noodles made using edamame beans. As a fan of any sort of noodles in general, I got very curious about these and how they would taste. Can they actually be the ultimate pasta alternative?

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