Success swamps Fil-Am bakery in NY with thousands of orders
A Filipino couple who lost their jobs in the pandemic and started an online-only, home-based bakery now must serve a waiting list of 5,000 orders.
The waiting list for Kora bakery’s unique, Filipino-inspired doughnuts at one point reached 10,000, according to a Daily Mail report.
After starting out as a home-based operation in a Woodside, Queens, New York apartment, Kimberly Camara and her partner, Kevin Borja, now have a five-person team that operates out of an industrial kitchen.
They are looking forward to a brick-and-mortar store to accommodate the startlingly huge demand for specialty doughnuts such as their signature ube version with a purple yam topping.
Camara, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, uploads videos of her creations on Instagram where she has 40,000 followers.
“It was something that we thought would just be a seasonal project. We kind of just went with the flow,” Camara told the Daily Mail. The bakery has become a full-time operation.
What makes Kora’s customers queuing by the thousands are brioche buns inspired by her late grandmother Corazon’s recipe book, such as the iconic “Leche Flan ni Lola.”