COFFEE PROCESSING: A TOP DEMAND

October 19, 2017

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

October 16, 2017

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

JULIET BUMOLO-MORALES: KASIBU BUILDER REVIVES COFFEE

May 5, 2017

  by Chit Juan (The Ultimate Coffee Guide, March 2016)   “We used to see coffee trees all around these mountains,” she tells me in our pick up while we enter the areas of Ifugao, just a few towns from her hometown of Kasibu. Nestled between two mountain ranges in Eastern Northern Luzon, Kasibu was… Read More

SPILLING THE BEANS: HOW SILCA COFFEE ROASTED ITS WAY TO SUCCESS

April 30, 2017

  by Marilen Fontanilla (The Ultimate Coffee Guide, October 2015)   Silca Coffee Roasting Company (Silca) bestows this promise it has built its business on, “freshly roasted coffee from our family to yours.” It might sound too cliché in its simplicity but having met sibling owners Michael and Carolyn Asuncion, I realized how accurately it… Read More

PAHIMIS FESTIVAL BRINGS BACK INVESTORS

April 25, 2017

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

April 2, 2017

“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

March 28, 2017

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

March 27, 2017

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

WOMEN IN COFFEE

March 24, 2017

Yes, they are the women in coffee. And it’s a growing tribe. The local chapter of International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) welcomes more women into the fold, as Princess Kumala Sug-Elardo urges the women of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to join the Philippine chapter. She has touched base with women from Basilan and… Read More