Kapeng barako or Batangas coffee, is a coffee variety grown in Batangas and Cavite. Barako in the languages of the Philippines means “stud”, and is associated with the image of masculinity.
Barako has a strong flavor and fragrance reminiscent of aniseed.
Its taste is said to be superior to Robusta, and most Philippine coffee drinkers prefer barako to Arabica. Arabica–varraco and excelsa–varraco blends are popular and create a cup with broader flavor range. It has a distinctive flavor and a strong fragrance reminiscent of aniseed.