Originally from Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture, Specials; article written by Ralph Lauren Abainza Coffee is one of the most popular beverages globally, sought for its aroma and caffeine content. It is the most widely traded tropical product, and a growing market due to increasing consumption and stronger interest in specialty coffee innovations, according to the Food… Read More
“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
The PCBI and Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) mounted the first local coffee cupping competition to further prepare farmers for bigger contests. The journey started last year in Ifugao when PCBI consultant Robert Francisco and PEF program manager Bong Soto trekked to Asipulo, Ifugao to announce the rules. It was important to announce the contest… Read More
“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
Just as coffee is a wonderful way to discover regional flavors with every sip, women in coffee are similarly amazing, with their diverse profiles and activities but united in their quest for quality in Philippine coffee. The Ultimate Coffee Guide raises a cup to salute these women and their achievements.