Most coffee lovers are familiar with Arabica and Robusta, but there is a third species of coffee bean that is not as well known and available worldwide: Liberica. Liberica coffee accounts for around 2% of the coffee consumed worldwide, and most of this consumption occurs in the country where Liberica coffee is highly popular: the Philippines.
Liberica has a strong and unique flavor. It is characterized by its smokey and chocolatey taste of the coffee, accompanied by floral and spicy undertones. In the Philippines, this strong and bold flavor is the reason why Liberica coffee is colloquially known as “barako,” which means “manly."