I carried this practice over to when I started my career, in which I occasionally needed to meet colleagues over the weekend or work late nights during Business Review season. For some reason, the smell of coffee and the cafè ambiance always made me focus on whatever I set out to do.
When I moved to Berlin in 2018, one of the things I automatically fell in love with was the strong coffee culture. I loved working on my master thesis at my new neighbourhood café and planning personal projects there. I looked forward to every break at work (or meetings in cafés - yes we could!) so that I could run to the nearby café. I looked forward to trips to other European cities, so I could taste their coffee, because it was always so diverse in terms of origin and taste.
I've had coffee from South America, Africa, and Asia. But there was something missing - Philippine coffee was extremely rare, almost impossible to find, in Europe.
So on my last trip home, in the middle of the pandemic, I made sure to find potential partners and bring back samples for friends and colleagues to taste.
Really, the Philippines grows its own coffee? I thought you only had islands!