A FUTURE HARVEST

LANDBANK and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently launched a financing facility to boost the agriculture sector in and around the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and its neighboring conflict-affected areas, and to help promote lasting peace and development in the region. LANDBANK President and CEO Alex Buenaventura, Office of the Presidential Adviser on… Read More

THE COFFEE DINNER

It is said that the best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. As Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) seeks to inspire unity and participation for the future of Philippine coffee, the board, led by Nicholas Matti and co-chaired by Pacita Juan, has decided to adopt the famous London Coffee Dinner concept to bring… Read More

GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT IN EDUCATION

Truth, service, and excellence are three values that Cavite State University (CvSU) upholds and lives out as an educational institution. CvSU is renowned for its excellence in the development of  individuals with global perspectives and a moral compass. Consistent with these values was CvSU’s active involvement in Gender and Development (GAD) of the Southern Tagalog… Read More

ALL ABOUT THE Q

Since its inception in 1996, the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) has been developing programs to meet the needs of an evolving coffee market, while also ensuring that better tasting cups are brought to the thirsty consumer. One of CQI’s crucial contributors is the Q Coffee System. CQI states that “Our Q Coffee System has continued… Read More

LEARNING FROM SEED TO CUP

When Benguet State University (BSU) started an Arabica coffee extension program to further educate and train farmers and other stakeholders in the Cordilleras, it did not foresee that it would eventually evolve into a formal seed-to-cup quality coffee education program. Professor Valentino Macanes, BSU’s Director of Institute of Highland Farming Systems and Agroforestry (IHFSA), was… Read More

SUPPORTING THE PASSION FOR COFFEE

First and foremost on PhilMech’s agenda is training. To be specific, its mandate is to “generate, extend, and commercialize appropriate and problem-oriented agriculture and fishery postharvest and mechanization technologies”. It goes beyond uplifting by empowering the farmers to continue and improve their passion for farming. The partnership of PhilMech and the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc.… Read More

NEXT GEN COFFEE PLAYERS

The landscape in the Philippines is slowly shifting, giving way to a new crop of coffee entrepreneurs and farmers who have taken from the previous generation’s players and added a sparkling out of the box ideas, innovative thinking, and boundless energy. Some of these young women who are taking the best of the past to… Read More

7 STEPS OF COFFEE BASICS

  Know the bean. The first and most basic point to understand is that there are several varieties and species of coffee. Let’s just say there are four commercially known and available coffees, namely Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa. The top two commercially known coffee beans are Arabica, grown in higher elevations at a cooler… Read More

THE COFFEE TOUR, THE TOUR GUIDE, AND THE COFFEE GUIDE

“It’s an enriching coffee tour experience.” “Coffee and friends make the perfect blend.” “It made me appreciate every cup of coffee even more.” “I wish there’s another one.” The tour was only for a day. With comments like these, it can be said that the effect lasted beyond a day. In fact, just a few… Read More