IN LOVE WITH PHILIPPINE COFFEE

If you’ve a free half hour at the least, brew yourself a cup of coffee and sit down with Roberto S. Francisco’s A Coffee Journal. Richly informative and deeply personal, this beautiful book tells the evocative, dramatic story of Philippine coffee in a way that’s never been done before. The pages pull you in until… Read More

SULU PRINCESS USES COFFEE AS AN INSTRUMENT OF PEACE

By Yvette Tan, published by Manila Bulletin on March 3, 2019   Women are natural peacemakers. In the case of Sulu Royal Coffee, the peacemaking is literal. Princess Kumala “Lalah” Shug Elardo, of the Royal House of the Sultanate of Sulu, was born in Panamao, a remote, high conflict area in Sulu. She grew up… Read More

HOW PHILIPPINE COFFEE CAN COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL STAGE

WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK ON PHILIPPINE COFFEE FROM A LOCAL, REGIONAL, AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE? “The Philippines was once a major producer of coffee. We are one of the few countries that can produce the four main types of beans—Robusta, Excelsa, Arabica, and Liberica or Barako. For the foreseeable future, our path lies in quality coffees… Read More

PERK UP ON THE GO

There’s nothing like a good cup of joe to perk you up before―and especially after―a long flight. Thankfully, we’re not the only ones who think so. On October 16, 2017, Manila Marriott became the very first hotel to open a dining outlet inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with Manila Life Café. Aside from… 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