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

HOW PHILIPPINE COFFEE CAN COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL STAGE

WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK ON PHILIPPINE COFFEE FROM A LOCAL, REGIONAL, AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE? “The Philippines was once a major producer of coffee. We are one of the few countries that can produce the four main types of beans—Robusta, Excelsa, Arabica, and Liberica or Barako. For the foreseeable future, our path lies in quality coffees… Read More