COFFEE CONSUMPTION RISING

Daily habit costs us P7 Billion in imports. The Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI) recently announced the rising consumption in coffee of Filipinos- in all forms be it roast and ground, instant or specialty. “We are now at 170,000 MT per year, says Guillermo “Bill” Luz, Founding trustee of the country’s premiere coffee organization. “When… Read More

COFFEE ORIGINS

The come-on is the free coffee, but Coffee Origins has always been about more than that. Since 2002, coffee afficionados have been looking forward to this multi-day coffee festival every October. Originally named Coffee Break, it is the brainchild of the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) led by founding trustee and current director Guillermo “Bill”… Read More

INVESTING IN LIBERICA

According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report on the Philippines Coffee Situation and Outlook for 2011, there were only 933,034 mature Liberica coffee trees compared with the overall 84,544,625 trees as of 2010. There is a growing awareness for this robust-flavored bean, though, that has gradually steeped into the… Read More

COFFEE BOARD HOLDS 10TH NATIONAL SUMMIT

Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña (third from left) keynotes the 10th National Coffee Summit of pioneer coffee stakeholder Organization—the  Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI)—held recently in Davao City.  The PCBI is also the In Country Partner (ICP) of the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) the esteemed institution which gives quality coffee a grade through… Read More

COFFEE PROCESSING: A TOP DEMAND

The Philippine Coffee Board Inc (PCBI) or simply “The Coffee Board” is on its 15th year as a ”go-to” organization for everything coffee related and most specially the promotion of Philippine coffee here and abroad. In their site, inquiries for the upcoming summit are mostly from people wanting to learn more about coffee production. The coffee… Read More

THE PHILIPPINE COFFEE NETWORK

Since its inception, the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) has worked with coffee people from seed to cup. From planting a seedling, to nourishing the plants, to harvesting to processing and finally drinking the brew, the Philippine Coffee Network (PCN) had grown for almost two decades into a community that has been part of PCBI’s… Read More

PAHIMIS FESTIVAL BRINGS BACK INVESTORS

Amadeo, Cavite welcomed thousands of visitors for its 16th Pahimis Festival last weekend. The annual thanksgiving for coffee festival brought investors for coffee projects, most especially its banner program called “Adopt a Farm”. The original “leisure farm” idea started back in 2001 and resulted in over 100 hectares developed by investors for coffee farming. “If you… Read More

BETTER BREWS AT 15

“Gusto mo ng kape?” This is the default question that most Filipinos ask their guests. If coffee is considered the second most popular drink in the world next to water, it’s actually the number one drink in the Philippines. It is so popular that our country is one of the few that produces all four… Read More

7 STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL CUPPING

Here are some of the things I consider to be crucial elements for a successful cupping: PROTOCOL Follow a protocol. Working with a guideline ensures consistency and fairness. Examples of protocols for judging specialty coffees are the Specialty Coffee Association protocol and the Cup of Excellence protocol. For commercial coffees, a number of customized protocols… Read More

THE BEAUTY OF BEST PRACTICES

Women are beautiful—which also explains why we love beautiful things and keep them like that. The secret to making this beauty last can summed up in two words: best practices. I learned about the importance of best practices from the Asian Productivity Organization, a regional intergovernmental organization that promotes productivity to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development.… Read More