Coffee is the third most popular beverage in the world. It has been part of our culture and lifestyle. Different races around the globe have different ways of preparing coffee. Here in the Philippines, coffeeshops sprout like mushrooms and most of them have Instagram worthy interiors. Coffeeshops also account for a lot of plastic wastes and nonrecyclables. A small coffee shop in Nuñez Street, Zamboanga City brews really good coffee and has curated interiors that can match the ones in Metro Manila. But this coffee shop at the back of Ateneo de Zamboanga University does not only serve good coffee but also making a mark and trailblazing the road for cleaner and greener practices. Haibee Coffee Shop is owned by the Joe family who traces their roots in Sulu. The shop is now managed by Kristina Joe, a very promising young entrepreneur who does not only love to bake pastries but has a deep-rooted concern for the environment. Her grandfather, Mr. Kim Tek fled China and spent the rest of his life in Jolo where he opened his first coffee shop in 1963. Over the years, his son Rudy Joe took over the business to preserve the legacy of their coffee brand. A couple of years ago, they opened their coffee shop in Zamboanga City.
Haibee Coffeeshop serves affordable coffee, food, and pastries. They also sell their signature ground coffee at 300 pesos per 500grams. Desserts are made daily by Kristina who also looks over the business with her mother. She also makes made to order cakes, cheesecakes, dessert platters, and chocolate bars with a rustic yet dainty presentation. They have one of the fanciest frappes and deserts in the city at a student-friendly price. The coffee shop is crowded with students during lunchtime because of their budget-friendly meals such as the chicken piangang, buffalo wings, and a lot more. Mid-afternoon is the best time to enjoy your coffee when the hoards of students are back in their classrooms. Enjoy a cup of native Sulu coffee more popularly known as Kahawa Sug.
Coffee beans are sourced from small-time coffee farmers in Sulu. Kristina explains that their grandfather wants to help smalltime farmers earn a decent living through coffee farming. Now that their business is growing, Kristina and her family are happy that they became a channel for Sulu coffee farmers to have their products in the mainstream markets. The coffee shop also takes their environmental advocacy a leap further by going green. Frappes and other drinks are served with reusable metal straws. While most coffee shop and restaurant owners see this as an expensive move, Haibee Coffee Shop thinks otherwise. The metal straws are reusable and cleanliness can be ensured by sterilizing the straws. Take out frappes are served in paper cups with paper straws and cardboard packaging. They also sell reusable biodegradable bags in lieu of plastic bags. Metal straw kits are also available in their coffee shop.
Zamboanga City is still taking baby steps in embracing the green advocacy. Single-use plastics and other non-biodegradable materials are taking a heavy toll on our planet at the expense of innocent marine life, animals, and our ecosystem. Urban metropolis’ in our country is experiencing the backlash of uncontrolled use of plastics and the irresponsible disposal of residents. Drainage and canals are being clogged with tons of rubbish while plastics that make it to the sea are also making a comeback on our shores. With more and more problems arising from the indiscriminate use and disposal of plastics, restaurants and coffee shops should follow suit in going green. Going green is an investment that may take some time to have returned but Haibee Coffee Shop has already proven that going sustainable has its benefits. Haibee Coffee Shop is one of the trailblazers in Zamboanga City who considers the environment above their profit.
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