Baguio’s Secret: Cafe Lusso

By N Mark Castro

Introduced by the colonizing Spaniards, the Arabica variety produced in the Benguet Province, which includes Baguio, is commonly referred to as Benguet coffee. It is the favorite beverage in the Cordilleras and is readily available at the city market. Some roasted coffee beans are also sold by the kilo while some are ground as you wait.

Nestled at an altitude of approximately 1,610 metres (5,280 ft), Baguio City is filled with tropical pine forests that is conducive to the growth of mossy plants and orchids. Thec ity was designated by the Philippine Commission as the Summer Capital of the Philippines in 1903.

So while local residents have been regularly invaded by “lowlanders,” they have managed to carve their own space away from the tourists … and this is where …

Cafe Lusso

Presentation1Hidden near the University of Baguio and Saint Louis University, Cafe Lusso is frequented by college students,  medical interns, and a whole lot of South Koreans living and studying in Pine City.

The interior, ambiance, and chilly weather of Baguio provide a complete package of a quiet place to stay in and do some work.

Presentation1And this is where my brothers and I mostly spent the waiting hours while tending to our father, reading the papers or using the Free Wifi to connect to the net world.

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According to the friendly staff, the best seller pastry is the “Honey Glazed Bread,” which is a square bread that looks like an unsliced loaf bread (loaf in Baguio, tasty in Manila) smothered with honey and butter and some syrup sold for Php 99.00 and can be shared by at least 2 persons. The bread tastes good with an enticing aroma.

But what’s unique about the food serving is the flying-saucer inspired buzzer.

No more screaming, no more waiting, the digitized buzzer vibrates wildly if your order is already available.

Located at GF EDCO Bldg., General Luna corner Mabini Street, Baguio City, Café Lusso primarily caters to students in nearby areas like University of Baguio, Saint Louis University, Philippine Women’s University and even hospitals like SLU and Notre Dame.

The coffee shop is open every day from 7:00 AM until 12 midnight, perfect for a nightcap.

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on March 19, 2013, in Food, General and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Encore un super article! Je lis de plus en plus les articles de ton blog… ils sont top! bravo et bonne continuation. Slevin

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