March 28, 2017

Here are some of the things I consider to be crucial elements for a successful cupping: PROTOCOL Follow a protocol. Working with a guideline ensures consistency and fairness. Examples of protocols for judging specialty coffees are the Specialty Coffee Association protocol and the Cup of Excellence protocol. For commercial coffees, a number of customized protocols… Read More


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


March 15, 2017

“Coffee is passion.” This was the sentiment shared by Samuel Gurel of Torch Coffee and one of the judges at the recent Kape Pilipino*—the first Green Coffee Quality Competition ever held in the country. He was joined by internationally renowned judges Shaun Ong from Singapore, La Lida from Thailand and Mbula Musau from Kenya. During… Read More

Sustainable Coffee Secrets

March 1, 2017

  We’re very privileged to host international coffee experts for the KAPE PILIPINO—the First Green Coffee Quality Competition—currently ongoing at the Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite. The coffee community is waiting with bated breath as these four international judges, headed by Samuel Gurel of Torch Coffee, taste almost a hundred samples of green coffee… Read More