LEARNING FROM SEED TO CUP

May 24, 2018

When Benguet State University (BSU) started an Arabica coffee extension program to further educate and train farmers and other stakeholders in the Cordilleras, it did not foresee that it would eventually evolve into a formal seed-to-cup quality coffee education program. Professor Valentino Macanes, BSU’s Director of Institute of Highland Farming Systems and Agroforestry (IHFSA), was… Read More

WOMEN IN COFFEE

April 21, 2018

IWCA-PH President Pacita Juan recalls how the group started. “In 2012, I learned about how to put up a chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance in the country, as a way for us to connect to the rest of the world. It was also a way for us to get to international markets,” she… Read More

TRAINING FOR QUALITY

April 16, 2018

“Can you come over to Nueva Vizcaya next?” the ladies asked ECHOsi Chair Chit Juan. These ladies from Region 2, along with some women from Region 1, joined the Women in Coffee Training session held in Sagada mid-January, amid cool temperatures and chilly weather. The Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI) and ECHOsi Foundation, with Philippine… Read More

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

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

BENGUET ARABICA LISTED IN ARK OF TASTE

December 23, 2016

New listing so farmers earn double just by protecting the variety The coffee variety, ARABICA, is now officially in the Slow Food’s Ark of Taste as the number of trees in Benguet continue to dwindle. Many reasons contribute to its declining population, such as climate change, coupled with the diminishing interest of the younger generation to… Read More