PURPOSE AND PASSION

Karen Blixen is one of literature’s more famous coffee farmers, having managed an estate in Africa and writing about her life there under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen. Indeed—in the era leading up to coffee’s ascent as a valued commodity—while many men may have had their names and faces documented for all to see, women have… Read More

KAPE PILIPINO

“Coffee is passion.” This was the sentiment shared by Samuel Gurel of Torch Coffee and one of the judges at the recent Kape Pilipino*—the first Green Coffee Quality Competition ever held in the country. He was joined by internationally renowned judges Shaun Ong from Singapore, La Lida from Thailand and Mbula Musau from Kenya. During… Read More

Winners of Coffee Tilt Announced

Inhandig Tribal Multi Purpose cooperative (ITMPC) from Malaybalay, Bukidnon won this year’s Kape Pilipino Green Coffee Quality competition for the Arabica category while Kape Maramag of Maramag, Bukidnon won the Robusta category.  Both winners will send their representatives to Seattle, Washington this April to attend the Specialty Coffee Association Expo. The Arabica scored 85.84 points … Read More

Sustainable Coffee Secrets

  We’re very privileged to host international coffee experts for the KAPE PILIPINO—the First Green Coffee Quality Competition—currently ongoing at the Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite. The coffee community is waiting with bated breath as these four international judges, headed by Samuel Gurel of Torch Coffee, taste almost a hundred samples of green coffee… Read More

COFFEE BOARD TRAINS BOHOL FARMERS

On the invitation of the Bohol Coffee and Cacao Farmers Marketing Group, the Philippine Coffee Board Inc (PCBI) brought their Chair Nicholas Matti to train farmers in Coffee Nursery Maintenance and also in Pick Red Harvest of their Premium Robusta Coffees. With the support of Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), the PCBI has been conducting… Read More

BENGUET ARABICA LISTED IN ARK OF TASTE

New listing so farmers earn double just by protecting the variety The coffee variety, ARABICA, is now officially in the Slow Food’s Ark of Taste as the number of trees in Benguet continue to dwindle. Many reasons contribute to its declining population, such as climate change, coupled with the diminishing interest of the younger generation to… Read More

The Great Women of ASEAN

  UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF UPS AND USAID-ACTI, FIVE COUNTRIES IN THE ASEAN SENT THEIR BEST WOMEN COFFEE ENTREPRENEURS—farmers, processors and retailers—to visit various coffee destinations in Cavite and in Makati City. The women visited the National Coffee Research Center in Indang, Cavite to see new technologies and the vast collection of coffee varieties the… Read More