BLAZING THE TRAIL TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS

The Barista and Coffee Academy of Asia (BCAA) takes pride in offering the first Q grading class in the country, with no less than Torch Coffee Roaster and Labs founder Samuel Gurel. This paved the way for a new wave of coffee quality consciousness in the coffee community and industry. BCAA owner Cherry Cruz translates… Read More

PARTNERS FOR COFFEE QUALITY

One of the most traded agricultural commodities around the world is coffee, affecting the livelihood of the people producing it. The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) that staying focused on quality will help address the challenges and issues faced by small- and medium-sized coffee farmers. In 2016, CQI and the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) signed an… Read More

BREWING A STRONGER COFFEE COMMUNITY

These partners include both public and private institutions and offices, which believe that a stronger and more productive coffee sector is the route towards a sustainable future for our coffee farmers. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE The Department of Agriculture (DA) worked with PCBI on the Pilipinas Gising at Magkape (PGAM) Program from 2008 to 2010. That… Read More

TRAINING FOR QUALITY

“Can you come over to Nueva Vizcaya next?” the ladies asked ECHOsi Chair Chit Juan. These ladies from Region 2, along with some women from Region 1, joined the Women in Coffee Training session held in Sagada mid-January, amid cool temperatures and chilly weather. The Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) and ECHOsi Foundation, with Philippine… Read More

PHILIPPINE WOMEN IN COFFEE

Just as coffee is a wonderful way to discover regional flavors with every sip, women in coffee are similarly amazing, with their diverse profiles and activities but united in their quest for quality in Philippine coffee. The Ultimate Coffee Guide raises a cup to salute these women and their achievements. Please follow and like us:

KAPE ISLA: RAISING AWARENESS FOR PHILIPPINE-GROWN COFFEE

“When the National Coffee Development Board (now the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc.) was first created, one of our challenges was to get consumers to focus on Philippine-grown coffee as opposed to imported coffees,” related PCBI founding trustee Guillermo Luz on the creation of the iconic Kape Isla seal. Luz pointed out that the group’s original… Read More

URC AND SULU COFFEE FARMERS: BREWING A PROJECT FOR PEACE

Princess Kumala “Lalah” Elardo dreams of peace and prosperity for her beloved Sulu. Determined to realize this dream, she embarked on projects that could help find livelihood opportunities for more people, particularly in coffee farming. She also searched for groups who share the same dream and found food and beverage company Universal Robina Corporation (URC).… Read More

7 STEPS TO HONEY-PROCESSED COFFEE BEANS

Honey processing has started to gain the spotlight to differentiate specialty coffee beans. The process refers to the honey-like liquid that is produced before drying. PICK RED Follow a strict “pick red” only harvesting protocol of coffee berries. FLOAT VERSUS SINK After the berries are washed, flotation of berries is conducted to separate the floaters… Read More

GENDER GAINS

The law mandates that at least 5% of the budget of government agencies and NGOs should be spent on Gender and Development (GAD) programs. Unfortunately, because of lack of knowledge, it is misused, underspent, or not used at all. GAD, however, is not just a matter of budget. It also ensures that there is gender… Read More

PHILIPPINE COFFEE: DRINK IT, DISCUSS IT, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

“What is your coffee culture and where is it heading?” It was a question that Victor Mah, President of the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF), posed to everyone at ACF’s 2nd Board Meeting. He particularly mentioned Philippines, Myanmar, and Vietnam because the three countries can boast of their centuries-old tradition of growing and consuming coffee. In… Read More