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

PRODUCTIVITY IN THE COFFEE SPHERE

While coffee production has been increasing in the past few years, the Philippines is still a long way from meeting the local demand for coffee. The Ultimate Coffee Guide gathers industry stakeholders to assess how everyone can enhance coffee productivity. Robert Francisco joined PCBI as its technical consultant in February 2017, to help set up… Read More

COFFEE ORIGINS

The come-on is the free coffee, but Coffee Origins has always been about more than that. Since 2002, coffee afficionados have been looking forward to this multi-day coffee festival every October. Originally named Coffee Break, it is the brainchild of the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) led by founding trustee and current director Guillermo “Bill”… Read More

INVESTING IN LIBERICA

According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report on the Philippines Coffee Situation and Outlook for 2011, there were only 933,034 mature Liberica coffee trees compared with the overall 84,544,625 trees as of 2010. There is a growing awareness for this robust-flavored bean, though, that has gradually steeped into the… Read More