In celebration of Filipino American History Month, I will be giving a presentation on Filipino merienda and coffee with my colleague Jay Eusantos of FOUND COFFEE for the Asian Affinity Group at Reed Smith LLP.
Merienda (meryenda or minandál) is a term encompassing two light meals: the first is a morning snack that may correspond to either brunch, elevenses or second breakfast; the second one is the equivalent of afternoon tea. Merienda taken in the early evening around sunset just before or in place of dinner is referred to as merienda cena. Merienda is a dish or snack smaller than the traditional "full meal" consisting of rice and a complementary viand (unless the merienda is taken as brunch or merienda cena), coupled with either a cool or hot drink (usually coffee). Common fare may be sweet or savory, ranging from breads and pastries (notably pandesal), desserts and sweets, to street food.
Kapeng Barako (Spanish: café varraco or café verraco; English: barako coffee) is a coffee varietal grown in the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite. It belongs to the species Coffea liberica. The term refers to all coffee coming from those provinces. Barako is the Philippine term for the male stud of an animal, itself taken from the Spanish varraco, and has become associated with the image of a tough man.
History and special merienda feat. kapeng barako menu will be served.
***THIS IS A PRIVATE EVENT ONLY FOR ASSOCIATES OF ASIAN AFFINITY GROUP AND REED SMITH LLP***