Kesong puti is undoubtedly one of the most classic Filipino delicacies that probably bring back childhood memories. I remember seeing a commercial many years ago about how people loved pairing it with coffee and pandesal. This local cheese, made with fresh carabao’s milk, is a recipe that’s been in our family for decades. My grandmother, Mama Jessie, learned the recipe from her grandmother. Eventually, my mom learned the same recipe but perfected it. She then started making it for just family and friends. Back when I used to play softball, all my teammates’ moms would order from her—which inspired her to turn her hobby into a business in 2000! It was only in 2013 that we gave her backyard business a name—we named it after my grandmother, Mama Jessie, since she was the one who taught my mom how to make kesong puti.
A Family Backyard Business
Today, Mama Jessie’s Kesong Puti is available online and in selected weekend bazaars. We supply to a number of deli stores and restaurant chains all over the Philippines. The backyard business is still run by the family as well. My mom and brother are the ones in charge of making the cheese from scratch in our kitchen. My sister helps with graphics and design. Meanwhile, my dad and other brother take care of the logistics. I’m the one in charge of brand and business development, which includes managing the e-commerce site and social media platforms. Among the things you can shop from our site aside from our cheese are coffee beans from Black Coffee PH and fresh herbs from Herbularya.
Where to Buy
You can shop our cheese through Facebook or our online shop, or by visiting Something Different Bakeshop‘s stalls in selected weekend bazaars. We accept walk-in customers as well! Just contact 09175024966 and visit us at 8 Maaralin Street, Central, Diliman, Quezon City between 8am to 10pm. Rest assured we have fresh stocks daily!
The next time you’re craving for some local cheese, I hope you can give ours a try! You’ll be supporting a small, family-run backyard business with a mission to make people happy through nostalgic delicacies.
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