IN LOVE WITH PHILIPPINE COFFEE

If you’ve a free half hour at the least, brew yourself a cup of coffee and sit down with Roberto S. Francisco’s A Coffee Journal. Richly informative and deeply personal, this beautiful book tells the evocative, dramatic story of Philippine coffee in a way that’s never been done before. The pages pull you in until… Read More

KAHAWA SUG OF THE TAUSUG

The Filipinos love their coffee, and Philippine coffee is rich in taste, variety, culture, and history. Down south of the country, in the Sulu archipelago, the Tausug people enjoy their home-grown signature coffee, the Kahawa Sug. The Tausug coffee culture was known to have started as early as the mid-1800s, when robusta coffee beans were… Read More

GIVING BACK

“It would have cost me 60,000 pesos or more, but I got it all for free,” says Jennifer Rimando, now a Q grader for Arabica beans, after attending the Q grader course, sponsored by ACDI/VOCA, PCBI, and Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) in 2016 and 2017. Jennifer was one of those who took the intensive course… Read More

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Silca Coffee Roasting Company has been a byword in the local coffee industry since the company was founded in Silang, Cavite, in 1975 by husband and wife Enrile and Evelyn Asuncion. “My parents owned rural banks in Silang at the time, and I saw that many farmers were borrowing money for fertilizer, so there was… Read More

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT COFFEE

2011 was a breakthrough year for coffee and for women. What started as a trip to China to explore the exportation of coffee and textiles now becomes an advocacy to cultivate the uniqueness of women and coffee. The kismet meeting of Pacita Juan, President of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) in the Philippines, with… Read More

ASEAN COFFEE FEDERATION: BRINGING SOUTHEAST ASIAN COFFEE ORIGINS TO THE FORE

ASEAN coffee origins have come to the fore since the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF) started almost seven years ago. After initial organizational meetings in Singapore and Laos, the annual coffee events Café Asia and THAIFEX have served as ACF’s launching pad for introducing exotic coffee origins of the ASEAN region. “Training the Trainer” courses also… Read More

GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN IN COFFEE

After attending PCBI’s National Coffee Summit in 2009, I applied what I had learned. Delighted by the fruitful results of my backyard farm, I shared insights and knowledge with my community. Now, thanks to coffee, we enjoy peace and progress—that is my dream for others, too, where women are not of leading, and men are… Read More

COFFEE THE MORO WAY

“Upi has always been a coffee area,” says Jandatu Salik, a civil engineer turned farmpreneur in Upi, Maguindanao. Upi, at 1,600 feet above sea level, is indeed a perfect place to grow the Robusta and Barako varieties. Jandatu has some coffee trees in his Busikong Organik Farm, and all around his village, there are tall… Read More

GREENING YOUR CAFÉ

With everyone concerned about saving the planet, coffee shop owners play a very important role in using fewer paper cups, paper or foil sachets for sugar, and plastic straws for iced drinks. Here’s how you as a consumer can help your favorite café towards sustainable, planet-friendly operations: Use only washable and reusable cups, mugs or… Read More