PARTNERS FOR COFFEE QUALITY

One of the most traded agricultural commodities around the world is coffee, affecting the livelihood of the people producing it. The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) that staying focused on quality will help address the challenges and issues faced by small- and medium-sized coffee farmers. In 2016, CQI and the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) signed an… Read More

BREWING A STRONGER COFFEE COMMUNITY

These partners include both public and private institutions and offices, which believe that a stronger and more productive coffee sector is the route towards a sustainable future for our coffee farmers. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE The Department of Agriculture (DA) worked with PCBI on the Pilipinas Gising at Magkape (PGAM) Program from 2008 to 2010. That… Read More

URC AND SULU COFFEE FARMERS: BREWING A PROJECT FOR PEACE

Princess Kumala “Lalah” Elardo dreams of peace and prosperity for her beloved Sulu. Determined to realize this dream, she embarked on projects that could help find livelihood opportunities for more people, particularly in coffee farming. She also searched for groups who share the same dream and found food and beverage company Universal Robina Corporation (URC).… Read More

7 STEPS TO HONEY-PROCESSED COFFEE BEANS

Honey processing has started to gain the spotlight to differentiate specialty coffee beans. The process refers to the honey-like liquid that is produced before drying. PICK RED Follow a strict “pick red” only harvesting protocol of coffee berries. FLOAT VERSUS SINK After the berries are washed, flotation of berries is conducted to separate the floaters… Read More

GENDER GAINS

The law mandates that at least 5% of the budget of government agencies and NGOs should be spent on Gender and Development (GAD) programs. Unfortunately, because of lack of knowledge, it is misused, underspent, or not used at all. GAD, however, is not just a matter of budget. It also ensures that there is gender… Read More

PHILIPPINE COFFEE: DRINK IT, DISCUSS IT, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

“What is your coffee culture and where is it heading?” It was a question that Victor Mah, President of the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF), posed to everyone at ACF’s 2nd Board Meeting. He particularly mentioned Philippines, Myanmar, and Vietnam because the three countries can boast of their centuries-old tradition of growing and consuming coffee. In… Read More

SHARING QUALITY COFFEE, THE ASEAN WAY

In 2016, PCBI and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) brought about 10 ASEAN women to learn more about coffee and to train the other women in the ASEAN coffee-producing countries that included Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. The training took them to Cavite State University and different coffee farms, to learn about roasting and… Read More

UP THE CUP

The Philippines is gifted with fertile soil and fertile minds, producing some of the world’s greatest produce such as coffee. Shaping the great minds that determine the direction for this product begins in the campuses―right where the action takes place. The academe in the Philippines has taken on various roles to promote coffee quality through different… Read More

A COLLEGE DEGREE THROUGH COFFEE

“A man walked in and shot my parents. My father lived but my mother passed away. My father was crippled because of the gunshot. Without enough money, my siblings and I would take turns in going to school. That is why I did not have the drive to finish my studies,” says Mimie Alyub Sali… Read More