(Read first: Ultimate Taste Test X @ Rockwell: Foodie’s Cheat Sheet)
UTT X: Rockwell Winner #2:
167 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
118 foodies rated 4- I love it!
92 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
41 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
5 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.
I’m impressed with the products that come out of Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm. The social entrepreneurs from the farm know that you have to sell really good quality products first, and that the social cause is not an excuse to be mediocre.
You have to try their Bayani Brew’s Purple Leaf Tea! Yes, it is made from the purple leaf of kamoteng kahoy. 🙂 It is very Filipino and produced by the community of Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm.
Gourmet Keso’s Chevre Goat Cheese from GK Enchanted Farm was the first to win the UTT series (Rockwell UTT 6.0 rating 3.88). Now, it’s the turn of GK Farm’s Ice Tea Brand called Bayani Brew to win big — the top 2 spot — in the Rockwell UTT X series. Wow! Congratulations! 🙂
Check out all the GK Enchanted Farm Products in the Morning Mercato every weekend in BGC!
The Story behind BAYANI BREW:
Bayani Brew traces its origins from a native formulation consisting of lemongrass (tanglad), pandan and other indigenous leaves rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C (calamansi) introduced by the nanays (mothers) of the Gawad Kalinga community in Brgy. Encanto, Angat, Bulacan over a year ago. Tita Linda would serve this concoction scalding hot from the casserole to visitors at the GK Enchanted Farm. GK founder and father Tony Meloto had the “whynot?!” idea of serving this ice-cold (albeit at that time, there was still neither ice nor electricity at the farm! 🙂 ) and possibly bottling these refreshing drinks. Visitors and patrons would then ask for more (even finding it addictive at times–but in a good, healthy way of course). The rest, as they say is history.
The other variant Bayani Brew purple leaf tea, introduced by yet another nanay, Tita Yolly, was a shockingly bright pink drink with a refreshing tingling sensation served cold while Team GK workers and volunteers were doing a planning session for the development of sustainable livelihood programs for the GK Enchanted Farm one evening. More surprising than its natural color was the secret/mysterious ingredient “talbos ng kamote,” the most unglamorous, neglected, prolific (they sort of grow like weeds), and yet uber-healthiest plant on earth. Google it, if you don’t believe us!
So taken for granted is this plant, that not a few times have we probably heard that derogatory catchphrase to just “go home and plant camote.” But thanks to the nanays at the GK Enchanted Farm–the once pejorative is now innovative; the formerly insulting, now incredibly refreshing!
The next Bayani Brew drink may yet be another native, healthy, and surely yummy concoction of the nanays we fondly call our Titas. There is just so much natural goodness of our people and our land left untapped!
Hence, the name Bayani Brew does not just stand for our love of country or “bayan,” but also for honouring these unsung heroines (our personal “bayanis” who not just concocted these delightful drinks); and more sentimentally, for the “bayanihan” effort of local talent, farmers, and social entrepreneurs to bring this once crazy idea to the market. Bayani Brew wants to be remembered not only for its refreshing beverages, but as part of brewing a social innovation movement comprising a new breed of Pinoys who are not just learning to love living a healthy and natural lifestyle, but more importantly, who are bat-sh*t crazy in love with our country.
About Gawad Kalinga and Bayani Brew
*Bayani Brew was inspired by the nation-building movement that is Gawad Kalinga, established in 2003, with the social justice battlecry giving homes to the homeless, land to the landless and food for the hungry. Now on its second phase, to achieve more sustainability, the GK Enchanted Farm (GK-EF) pilot site, situated in Brgy. Encanto, Angat, Bulacan, was set-up in in 2010 as a village university for social enterprise development, and a social tourism destination that aspires to bring the market to the farm.
GK-EF is mostly home to relocated settlers (as is the case for those usually displaced to Bulacan) and hopes to entice reverse migration by providing sustainable livelihood opportunities outside of the metropolis. GK-EF is the template for countryside development that transformed a 14-hectare (2ha of which is where the residents/”kapitbahayans” reside)–once idle, abandoned, barren wasteland–into fields of abundance, and aspires to do so in at least 24 other potential GK communities all over the country.
The guys running Bayani Brew were mandated by Tony Meloto to undertake the arduous task of scaling up this sustainable livelihood project and develop it into a full-fledged social enterprise that can create more social impact, help establish more GK Enchanted Farms all over the country, including making the country’s subsistence agrarian reform beneficiaries wealthier. The vision-mission is to ensure that, as the country marches towards progress, no one is left behind. As if that were not daunting enough, we have a 2024 deadline to end povertea (pun intended) by creating prosperity.
The challenge posed is simple: there is so much unproductive land; there is so much wealth in this country; and yet we continue to import and patronize foreign-branded products as if ours were substandard, when they are not (or shouldn’t be).
Like other GK Enchanted Farm social enterprises, Bayani Brew derives its drive to succeed in a market dominated by the bigwigs with the vision of uplifting the lives of the poor in the GK community and of the subsistence farmers, by ensuring that when these products are offered to the market, it will be a far cry from usual “pity” purchases. Bayani Brew, along with other GK Enchanted Farm social enterprises, are proudly producing and sourcing locally only, products that we can compete with globally. To paraphrase one of our bayanis,– “the Filipino is worth buying for.”
What Foodies Say About Bayani Brew:
- Perfect taste
- Authentic taste
- Healthy juices
- Different but good
- Pink is good
- Pwede pala na gawing refreshment ang pagsigang
- Really disappointing. Yuck!
- Good, Not too sweet
- Very refreshing
- Ok tea for a good cause is fine by one.
- Amazing product! Didn’t expect it. Cheers to businesses for a cause.
- Surprisingly delicious & refreshing
- the lemongrass
- Great Job!
- Amazing & for a good cause
- Not a fan of calams
- Liked the lemon grass
- Intensity taste
- Exotic taste but really good
- Kakaiba but has potential
- Super didn’t expect
- I like the kamote tea
- nice unique flavor
- sweetpotato 2thumbs up ! Love the decals
- pandan better sweet potato
- great specially the camote
- great refresher
- serve it hot warm
- good healthy
- great idea
- healthy daw
- unique flavor lots potential
- love it
- weirdly delicious proudly filipino
- you guys had me at kamote tops
- I like the mixuture of the drinks
- didn’t like taste
- definitely buy these
- unxepectable awesome
- healthy definitely
- the pink one kind of stings but the other flavor was good
- healthy and good
- love the name love the taste
- lemon the best
- the best the lemon
- go nationwide
- taste good
- healthy yummy
- great concept healthy
- I love it that (it’s) all natural
- Filipino Pride
- Good Concepts Very Good
- Liked the pink one better
- ice tea
- I hope they get available soon
- Masarap na Masarap
- Very refreshing
- Calamansi Good
- It should be out in all stores now! And replace all artificial flavored tea
- Add more Body.
- Delicious and Unique.
Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm’s Ice Tea Brand
Pundicion Street Brgy. Encanto Angat, Bulacan
Email Address: [email protected]
Contact Person: Ron Dizon/ Xilca Alvarez
Mobile No.: +63 917 582-1248/ +63 917 819-4522
Ultimate Taste Test X: 2nd Rockwell UTT Winners:
- NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM’s Hokey Pokey and Macadamia Supreme
- BAYANI BREW’s Purple Leaf Tea! A Proud Product of Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm 🙂
- VILLA DEL CONTE’s Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut Chips & Dark Chocolate with Coffee Cream
- SKEW U’s USDA Angus Tapa 🙂
- BLUE TOQUE’s Nutella Mousse Cake!
- CARLO’S KITCHEN’s Crunchy Belly!
- EVERYDAY MOM. Healthy and Yummy. Naturally!
- CHOW FUN’s Chicken Fry & Dark Chocolate Buchi
- MASATAMI SHAVE ICE’s Swiss Cheese & Peanut & Black Sesame Duo
- SAINT’S ALP Blueberry Double Chocolate
- SWIZZLE’s Rainbow Shot & Caramel Beer 🙂
- THE FRUIT GARDEN’s Berry Dream & Tropical Paradise Jam
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