THE ART OF THE TRADE

March 23, 2017

Coffee is an important commodity in the world economy, accounting for trade worth approximately US$16.5 billion in 2010, when some 97 million 60-kilogram bags (5.8 million tons) were shipped. This is according to The Coffee Exporter’s Guide (3rd edition), produced by the International Trade Center. In this arena, the Philippines has yet to make an… Read More

SAFE AND SOUND

March 22, 2017

Inspired by the Hebrew word “Machaseh” from the Bible which means refuge or shelter, a café was born in Koronadal, South Cotabato in September 2016. This is no ordinary coffee shop. Conceptualized as a haven that offers everything needed to survive, Refuge Café is also a place for learning and collaboration. Introducing their hashtag #notobadcoffee,… Read More

THE NEIGHBORHOOD MUSE

March 22, 2017

“Be inspired—find your muse.” This was the idea that spawned two coffee concepts by Jackie Arceo and Julia Sevilla—women who want to make a difference, one cuppa joe at a time. Local Edition and Writer’s Block both offer the best locally produced coffee, but each one has its own unique sensibility. Aside from their love… Read More

CIVET COFFEE BRINGS HOPE TO THE CORDILLERAS

March 21, 2017

Near Mount Magallaya in the heart of the Cordilleras are forests where Kalinga warriors once hunted for wild boar and deer. Today, coffee farmers now search the forest floor for droppings of the civet cat, also called alamid or musang. The cats, who thrive in this environment, will eat the choicest coffee berries growing in… Read More

THE CHAIR IS A WOMAN

March 20, 2017

I first met Selima Depolio two years ago, when PCBI brought some jute sacks for Atok Arabica Coffee Growers Marketing Cooperative (ACOGMAC), the cooperative where she belonged. We asked then ACOGMAC chair Dick Evasco to round up the women so we can teach them the proper way to process their coffee. Why women? Because we… Read More

GRIT AND GRACE

March 19, 2017

After more than two decades writing for local and foreign publications, Ross Harper Alonso decided to be a robusta coffee farmer. So, in 2012, she and her husband purchased raw farm land near Mt. Malarayat in Lipa City, Batangas. The romantic side of living on a coffee plantation certainly appealed to them. They bought 4,000… Read More

PURPOSE AND PASSION

March 18, 2017

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

March 15, 2017

“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