3-in-1, anyone?


Photo: Roger Marcelo

Yeah, it’s been a long time since I drank instant. But at somewhere in the vicinity of 7,500 feet above sea level, I got no choice really. So I drank that Maxwell House Original 3 in 1!

When my life-long dream of climbing up Mt. Apo, the country’s highest mountain at 9,692 feet, was about to be realized more than a week ago, I was dreaming, too, of bringing my coffee kit there and have specialty coffee in the mountains. In the highest peak, no less.

So the night before we drove to Davao City, then Kidapawan City for our trek up Mt. Apo, I roasted some Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Koke beans. But as I was packing up later that night, I thought it would be too much hassle to bring my coffee gear — a manual travel burr grinder and the Aeropress. My friend Keith was to bring a burner, so there should be no problem heating water there. But the thought that climbing up would be so tiring, and there would be so many of us up there, discouraged me to have specialty coffee somewhere near heaven. It was a tree planting activity with over a hundred participants.

I think I was right.

Cafe latte with instant!

Latte art with instant! ;-)

On the first stage of the climb, which took me about four hours, I had this headache that didn’t disappear with Paracetamol. I tried to sleep instead. When my buddies Roger and Keith invited me to go out the tent to shoot the peak in the late afternoon, I told them to go ahead coz I can’t make it. Well, I later took out the camera, but I was in the wrong place as I couldn’t walk no farther, so they of course got the better pictures.

When Keith prepared coffee, instant is better than nothing, in the cold climate near the peak of Mt. Apo. For me, I’d also rather have instant than a bad brewed coffee. At least the taste is more predictable.

But still, I didn’t really like the Maxwell. So the next morning, before our final trek to the peak, I drank what I was used to before I started roasting coffee — Swissmiss hot chocolate.

So I was without good coffee for two days. But on our way back, we stopped by Davao City, and were treated to 2 cups of coffee by Mindanao Bob — both Ethiopian beans, the Yirgacheffe and Harrar.

Life is good!

Me and my son RK, at the peak of Mt. Apo, at 9,632 feet. 25 April 2009.

Me and my son RK, at the peak of Mt. Apo, at 9,632 feet. 25 April 2009.


4 Responses to “3-in-1, anyone?”

  1. Mindanao Bob on May 2nd, 2009 10:21 pm

    That picture of you with the instant coffee is a classic! Did Keith take that, or RK? Ha ha… enjoyed seeing you on that morning, and I hope you enjoyed the kape!

  2. Bobby on May 3rd, 2009 1:51 pm

    Twas Roger. There, corrected now. :-) Thanks for those Ethiopians!

  3. JessQ on May 5th, 2009 8:53 pm

    Huraaahhhh….at last, I’ve found you here!!! Salamat kang Mr Bariles, nakit-an ta ra jud ka diri..hehehe… So, you’re now a coffee guru ha! Me, am just satisfied with my 3-in-1. This is what I can afford for now…wahaha…can’t have without in the morning and with the other meals without “sabaw.” To replace the paracetamol for my aching tangkugo after hours in front of my pc. I guess I have to visit you one of these days and learn the trade of coffee brewing. Pls give my best regards to your palangga and your kids…sus dagku na man diay sila noh? Tiguwang ka na jud, bay!!

  4. Bobby on May 5th, 2009 10:59 pm

    haysus si hesus mibisita sa akong blag! :-) mas mahal man siguro na imong 3n1 kay sa akong netib nga kape!

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