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Geeky Coffee: Reverse Vacuum Packed Alamid

One of the reasons why I still continue to blog to this day is because I get tipped with interestingly geeky things from around the country. This is one of them. It’s rather close to my heart because we’re talking about coffee.

Inside the can is 50 grams of coffee Alamid, the world’s rarest brew. This costs PHP 1,400.00 and makes about 6 shots of espresso. What makes this can rather special is the packaging. Every can comes with a pin, which you use to puncture a hole through the bottom of the canister.

This “reverse vacuum” packing technology is supposedly the best way to pack beans. The science, as was explained to me goes something like this: the best way to preserve the flavor of the beans is to allowing it to spew gas after roasting. However, if you let the beans hyperventilate too much, you end up with no gases at all — and thus no flavor. So what they do is to leave some space inside the packaging for the flavor to circulate, but because of pressure, the gases have no where else to go. Thus, the 50 grams of beans are being marinated in their own flavorful aroma in a state of equilibrium. That is why, if you open the can without popping it with a pin, the insides will “jack in the box” out. Pretty cool. The party favor is the really strong smell of Alamid forcing itself out of the pinhole. WOW.

The foundation behind this technology wants to give it away for free to anyone who’s interested in packing beans. You can visit their website or let me know and I can hook you guys up.

Alamid Coffee for the holidays? SMS 0917.580.8820. Look for Mitch. Also if you’re going to brew this, I highly suggest you take it black or as espresso shots with little to no sugar and creamer. This coffee should be enjoyed as it is. Nag Alamid ka pa!

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

11 replies on “Geeky Coffee: Reverse Vacuum Packed Alamid”

totally geeky. 🙂

In 2009, I climbed Mt. Malarayat in Batangas to interview coffee alamid ‘harvesters’ and learned a thing or two about how to tell an authentic civet-processed bean from a fake one. Great experience. 🙂

Hi Jayvee!

Been reading your blog for sometime, came across your entries regarding the alamid coffee. I am a distributor of coconut sugar and we partnered with a civet coffee producer here in PH, Grace Young of Cordillera Coffee, they are open for franchise, you might want to talk to them.

Grace also have Coffee AID, a org that help the farmers, they will have coffee planting this coming May.

[email protected] here’s they’re email.
If you’re also interested to have organic healthy sugar you may visit, we’ll have an exhibit this coming Feb 24 to 27 at WTC Phil Food Expo.

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