I don't know id this still holds true after 40 yrs, but if you check the label you may see made in Philippines or made in Manila. Was a major difference back then. McSparky On 5/6/07, Ross wrote: <Snip>
The Philippines also has a native coffee which is not exported as green beans. "Barako" is the name of the coffee, and is grown in many places, but currently in the province of Cavite. We used to buy it in the public market when we lived in Batangas City in 1987-89. Very similar to the Sumatras from Tom, but different to some degree as well. If you get opportunity to buy some Barako, be sure to try it... Most of the farms gave up because of the dwindling coffee economy in the Philippines. Yet again another benefit of the Marcos Cronyism... "Mag-beer, muna tayo. Mag-beer muna, tayo, Oh, anong sarap ng San Miguel Beer." This was the jingle for San Miguel when I studied in the Philippines 1975-76. Translation - "Let's have a beer together, let's have a beer together - Oh how delicious, San Miguel Beer." And it was certainly true, still is! Te na! Brett On 5/6/07, Michael Mccandless wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
I don't ever think I had any brewed coffee or cola when I was on that side of the Dateline. I was 23 when I got to Clark. The cooler of choice was the first beer I ever had- San Miguel in the white screened dark glass bottle. Brewed in Philippines, not Manila for export. Helluva lot more popular as the "Radio Relay equipment spares" in the radio relay hut and 6x6 I couriered to a base in Vietnam during the holidays in '68. Christmas in July? Hotter than July 4th at Christmas time on the South China Sea beach. Walter Kidde's coffee pot was far more popular than the Carling Black Label beer, but the San Miguel (SM) changed all that through New Year's... Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Mmm... Masarap. Ayos na ang Kasunod!
Gosh Ray...your post almost makes me feel nostalgic. On arrival in the Republic I bought a refrigerator from a departing FANG (1950s model Norge with vegetable bin in the bottom. A substantial portion of the contents was San Miguel brought to us weekly by our reliable base flight (a venerable old C47 named Dragon Lady....she was so old that she carried ANARC-3 Army radio equipment which required an RO, so we had an inside line to the riches of Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Phillipines.) I used to volunteer to go on NORS runs incountry just for the FUN of it. The bottom looked like grandmas quilt from all the patched bullet holes. I sold that refrigerator when I left country for $85.00....exactly what I paid for it and it would still freeze anything you stuck inside. I never had a good cup of coffee incountry, but I always had COLD beer. Josh On 5/7/07, raymanowen wrote: <Snip>