It’s not so easy to find specialty coffee on the Buda side so when the tiny Barako opened in 2014 it filled a gaping void in Buda’s craft coffee scene. This is thanks to Filipino owner Ryan Andres, who eschewed the tourist-heavy downtown areas, setting up shop here instead. He imports the Barako coffee beans — a variation of the rare Liberica species — from land he cultivates back in the Philippines.
One of Barako’s specialties is siphon coffee, which involves an elaborate preparation process reminiscent of a high school chemistry class experiment. Aside from the spectacle, the reward is a smooth, delicate cup (actually, two cups). If you're planning to pull an all-nighter or are simply a caffeine addict, I recommend the "dead eye:" three shots of espresso with brewed coffee.
Once a year, Andres serves kopi luwak, the rare and expensive coffee made from beans excreted by wild civets (Andres ensures that the beans come from ethically harvested sources in the Philippines).
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