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Am I rich because I coffee? No. Am I successful because I coffee? Absolutely!

#shareyourkape Cubao Expo Third Wave Coffee EXT. Cafe

Everyone has their own definition of success. Most of these involve money. Everyone needs money. Money makes our lives comfortable; Money enables us to enjoy the things we love; Money makes the world go round.  “I’m successful because I have an iPhone 11 Pro Max”; “I’m successful because I drive an SUV” (or a luxury car but SUV is more relatable); “I’m successful because I can travel wherever I want” – you get the point.

#shareyourkape Flat White Satchmi Store Megamall Coffee

Stopping for a few minutes on my way to work to enjoy a flat white from Satchmi, what does that mean? Read on

Money does make you look successful but it also ruins a lot of people. One of the main problems of chasing money for success is that there will always be someone with more money than you, always. A lot of people if they cannot afford what they think is the successful lifestyle, things they see from all these celebrities, will think they’re a failure.  This isn’t a problem of social media and the millennials; this has been around since the time of the boomers. It’s good to want to earn money to improve your life or provide for your family, but that’s not the proper mindset for this.

For me, I think I’ve achieved a certain level of success because I buy coffee. I buy coffee because of two things: I like drinking it and I have to drink it. The first makes it luxury while the second makes it a necessity. That is why I think it’s a sign of my success. Let me explain.

#shareyourkape ext. cafe cubao expo third wave coffee

Amazingly clean and refreshing pour over from EXT. cafe in Cubao Expo

First let’s talk about coffee being a luxury. I’ve come to a point in my life where I can take some time to visit coffee shops. More specifically, I have the luxury of having some time, no matter how short it is, where I can spend it just going to a specific shop and sit down there to drink coffee. It’s not about how much I paid for that cup (or cups) and the food I may have bought with it. It’s the fact that I can be there instead of needing to be somewhere else; like working because I won’t get paid if I don’t produce or constantly looking over my shoulder because if I let my guard down I may lose my life. I can just use that time, at that moment, to sit down and enjoy my coffee. If I can spend that time with my wife, the more I feel successful.

You would think that anyone can set aside time for anything, but you would be surprised at how hard it can actually be. I’ve been on two business trips in major financial areas, New York and London, and something that really struck me about these experiences is that we Filipinos are so lucky we actually allot time within the business day to eat lunch. I mean specifically go to a certain place and do nothing but eat and maybe chat with friends. I was immersed with Non-Life Insurance Underwriters during those trips and it would be normal for everyone, including the managers, to eat their lunch in their desks. Some choose to so they can spend more time after work for personal stuff, but hey we can also do that too!

So I already feel that I’m successful because I can take some time just for coffee. However, to be completely honest with you all, about 80% of that time I’m technically still working. I’m reading my emails from my work phone, I’m thinking of what I’ll do when I get to work, I’m thinking about the takeaways from a recent meeting. And this segues to the other part of why I view buying coffee as a sign of my success: I have to buy coffee.

I am in a point in my career, a career I didn’t really think I’ll have 12 years ago, that I have to get coffee – because I need it. I need it to wake me up, I need it to keep me alert, I need it to get me through a long day, I need it to calm me down, I need it to keep me sane – whatever. I feel successful because I actually have a reason to use something I like as a necessity in my everyday life. Of course I could still drink coffee and not be working where I am right now, but I consider this simple thing: The fact that I have to decide where I’ll get my coffee (donut place, fancy second wave, out of the place third wave, the convenience store, the office machine which is the desperate choice) because that’s what my schedule allows kind of makes me think I’m a tad bit important.

#shareyourkape Starbucks Sierra Valley Cainta #shotoniphone

This was when I tried walking to the nearest Starbucks to my house so far. Yes, I was in exercise clothes and all sweaty in this Starbucks.

I had a couple of great answers when I asked in my Instagram stories: ‘How do you define success’. One person said “When I finally say no to the things that I thought I would never say no to” which I know can actually be debilitatingly tough. The other and I fully agree with this, is “when you enable people to do things, and they do it well!” You never know how satisfying it is for you to build a team that when you come to meeting about something important, all you have to do is give your consent and whatever that something important get done to the best way possible.

#shareyourkape Cubao Expo Third Wave Coffee EXT. Cafe

Our perception of success changes from person to person, but it will make you happier if you don’t always equate it to how much money you have. Some people are born with money but they still want to find success in many ways. Some people quit their high paying jobs because they want to achieve success and that wasn’t it. Like I said, money makes it easy for all of us, but success is not all about money. Rather, think of money as a product of your success.

It is important, however, that we realize that our view of success will change as we get along with our lives. So now I’m comfortable enough with my level of success, but as my priorities change, coffee will take a backseat to whatever those may be. At least I’ll have this blog.

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Kapihan issue 2

ShareYourKape weekly coffee news Kapihan

Happy Valentine’s Day 2020 everyone! Here are some coffee stories you may use to break the ice with your date. Yes, it’s back:

ShareYourKape weekly coffee news Kapihan

Here we go!

Breaking News: Coffee can prevent bone fracturing when you grow old!

  • A study out of Hong Kong has determined that regular coffee drinkers had “significantly higher bone mineral density, a marker of strong bones”.
  • 12 metabolites (read the link below, I have no idea what this means) “were significantly associated with coffee intake, including 6 caffeine metabolites”.
  • Three of these were further associated with Bone Mineral Density (BMD). Simply put, these are “associated with both coffee consumption and strong bones that were less likely to fracture”
  • The study involved 564 adults who self-reported their coffee consumption.
  • Sources, including the published study itself, did not mention if the subjects consumed black coffee or with milk/cream. Wonder how many of the 564 only actually drank black coffee

Link to the study:

Snails can help save coffee?

  • Zachary Hajian-Forooshani found bright-orange poop on the underside of coffee plant’s leaves in Puerto Rico, poop that oddly had the same color as coffee rust
  • Yes, I am now writing about poop. Read on, this is actually interesting
  • The poop were from the invasive Asian tramp snail and he observed that these little things were actually eating coffee rust without damaging the leaves themselves.
  • However, scientists and Hajian-Forooshani himself have reservations about utilizing these little pests on a large-scale to battle coffee rust. The small f***ers are notorious for eating anything.

Link to Haijan-Forooshani’s study:

Actual Stove Espresso, can anyone test this please?


Credit: 9Barista

  • Coffee brewed using a Moka Pot was said to be almost espresso like. This product from the UK, the 9Barista, is supposed to actually make espresso from a stovetop brewer.
  • It bears a lot of resemblance to the traditional Moka Pot, just taller (and more pretentious). It features a dual-boiler design able to accumulate 9 bars of pressure when heated.
  • The makers, led by Jet Engineer Will Playford, claims it can yield espresso “akin to what’s made on commercial coffee bars”
  • I’m just going to wait for someone to review this.

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Your coffee is Loud not Strong

Proper coffee is so hard to come by but it is here in the Philippines

I’ve been thinking about the topic for this post since late 2019. I’ve even drafted something, but reading through that now it doesn’t capture the message I really want to put out to everyone who reads this blog. So this is an entirely new draft of an idea I have been thinking about for a long time: Your coffee is loud not strong.

Manila Hotel Coffee Cafe Ilang-Ilang

Maybe why Hotel coffee is generally bitter?

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Gridiron Kape

It’s been two days since Kobe Bryant’s sudden death, tragically also involving his 13 year old daughter Gianna ‘Mambacita’, and here I am writing something connected to a Sport entirely different from Basketball: American Football. Specifically, arguably the most dominant figure in the NFL for the past two decades: Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. or simply Tom Brady.

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This is just an excuse to write about Apple’s The Morning Show but it’s my blog anyway so whatever

If you’re following me on Instagram you would have seen me praising almost every new episode of “The Morning Show” (which shall be referred to as TMS moving forward) in my stories. Even when critics were deriding the first three episodes (they were all released at the same time), I was already a fan. And when they started to praise every new one released after that, I couldn’t help but think “I told you so!” but also be happy it’s getting the positive recognition it deserves.

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ShareYourKape weekly coffee news Kapihan

Let me explain this new series. If you haven’t noticed yet, although this blog is coffee themed, not a whole lot of its content is actually about coffee. I’m looking to change that but I also have this actual job that I have to consider (take note; ‘consider’ not ‘prioritize’). For the meantime, and I’m taking a page out of that actual job in doing so, I’ll be publishing these newsletter types of articles every week. These will round up coffee news from anywhere in the internet, with me writing a short summary. Of course the links to the actual articles are provided, if you want to read more about it (also, so I won’t get sued).

If you have any news stories that you think are interesting, please feel free to send it to me at or tell me about it on the comments section below. Local news about coffee is absolutely welcome! Continue reading “Kapihan”