LEARNING FROM SEED TO CUP

May 24, 2018

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

May 23, 2018

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

May 17, 2018

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

May 12, 2018

  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