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