Coffee was believed to have been introduced in the Philippines by the Spaniards.
A Franciscan friar brought to the Philippines 3 gantas of coffee beans via a Mexico-Manila galleon voyage in the 1740s, and planted them somewhere in Manila.
Upon his death, his servant boy dug-up the coffee plants and planted them in his father's land in Pinagtongolan, Lipa, Batangas.
Coffee is connected to the daily lives of local people. Coffee, a valuable cash crop, used to be mostly drunk among old folks, not by children. Children were told by adults that
drinking coffee dulled their brains.