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Kape at Pandesal

When someone emailed me about Kape at Pandesal, i suddenly felt home sick. Just these two words. Dipping Pandesal in coffee. Who got this phenomenon or practice started? We all know the colonial Spanish era and Gregorio Zaide mentioned our fondness for idling around in the history books (Juan Tamad and siesta), but for breakfast? Who wants to jump up and down when you wake up? This is the answer.

Dunking the warm, crispy Pandesal into hot, steaming coffee.


How did this thing start? Who invented it? What made the Pinoys dunk their Pandesal? Maybe the Pandesal in those days are rock hard, or maybe it is one way to sweeten the bread. Baka may alamat dito. Is it because the Pandesal is salty in those days? After all, sal means salt right?

The Italians love to dunk their Biscotti in coffee, but the Biscotti deserves it. Seriously, Biscottis if not dunked in coffee can give you a free tooth extraction. But the Pandesal?


Okay to some, it cools down the coffee. Don't tell me they knew the science back then. Others tell you it is the Pandesal they are trying to cool down. Which is which ba talaga? When you dunk that Pandesal into the coffee, it becomes soft and soaking wet, making chewing a lot easier. Personally, i find it gross before. But once you start talking while you are dunking, next thing you know, you are out of Pandesal.

You dunk so you use up less muscles in the mouth, the softer the bread gets, you only need to swallow it right? Are we really that lazy? Very funny.

Whatever your reason for dunking the Pandesal in your coffee, you deserve it. Where in the world do you see people wash their bread before they eat them ha? Only in the Philippines. That is how clean we are. Yun nga lang, we drink the coffee after.

For as long as that Pandesal is as good as the coffee, nothing beats this tandem as the perfect morning upper. Jolts you out of your senses. Dunking Pandesal in coffee is so Filipino we should put an international patent to this and sell these two in one packaging. There's an idea. We own this one guys, proud to be Pinoy.

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