Coffee, beach, art. I think these three words pretty much sum up the whole article. But Kape AlBarako is such an exceptional place and it's a shame not to know much about this beauty. Read on.
Weary from four hours trek from the mountains of Sagay, we intentionally went by the beach to hunt one of the most famous coffee shops in town: Kape AlBarako.
At first glance it is easy to understand why people frequent the place. The vibrant artistic colors of the bamboo edifice sits in an amazing contrast against the glistening black sand beach of Margaha Beach Resort in Barangay Old Sagay in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
Kape AlBarako is a haven for coffee and art lovers. Its coffee is statement of sophistication. Its loud colours scream of artistry and expression. Not surprising, for this is the home of a renowned local artist Nunelucio Alavardo.
Our team, together with the artist Nunelucio(in red polo and shorts) and his wife (wearing black shirt from the left.)
Nunelucio is a well respected contemporary artist since 1970's. Nunelucio and his children, who are also artists, personally painted the 45 square meter beach front property. The place is made of bamboo and keen attention to details was given upon rennovating the whole place. What used to be a beach resort turned into a coffee shop and art gallery as it houses the artworks of the family and served as a place for memorable conversations.
Aside from the place itself, the coffee is definitely to die for! They serve high quality barako coffee. I highly suggest you try their best selling iced coffee. It has the right blend of sweetness that goes perfectly with the coffee's rich flavor.
The premium coffee beans they used are locally grown from Don Salvador. Coffee is magical. We arrived at AlBarako drained and came out energized.One cup kept us awake and lively for the six hours drive to Dumagute.
Through time, Kape AlBarako has hosted intellectual conversations and fed the souls of those craving for artistic expression. It took care of weary travellers, like us, and fed the minds of the curious.
If you ever pass by Sagay, don't miss the chance to visit AlBarako. Whether you're looking for creative inspiration or just want to chill, the soothing sound of the waves, the cool wind, the delicious coffee, and the great art will surely give it to you.
(Photos uploaded are not filtered inorder to preserve AlBarako's original aesthetic.)
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