The Ultimate Coffee Guide

Women In Coffee

Volume XII, Issue 1, 2019

More than ever, this women’s issue of The Ultimate Coffee Guide celebrates the coffee harvest by showcasing not just coffee fruits and beans but also new coffee businesses such as making beautiful bags and accessorires using used coffee jute sacks. We feature Sako Store and Evrile, a new specialty line of products that are eco-friendly as coffee sacks are recycled and used. And it’s a woman-owned business, too.

Further, we chronicle our “Women in Coffee” learning sessions, which is on its third year of spreading throughout the country the good news about premiums given to coffee that are harvested by women-led groups and cooperatives. We went on a three-town trip last February covering Kalinga, Ifugao and Cavite. Our graduates will now rejuvenate their tall and aging coffee trees, and form women’s groups where there aren’t any. Truly, our advocacy about gender and inclusion is gaining ground. And the best part is that this issue coincides with harvest time in many parts of the country. We feature the most recent fresh, red, ripe berries being picked from the trees as we engage farmers to not only pick red but to make a business out of their coffee farm in our Pick Red tours that started in Amadeo, Cavite.

This is our fourth Women’s issue and we look forward to doing a women’s issue every year as we also collaborate with International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA), which has fromed chapters all over Asia. IWCA allows us to showcase our Philippine coffee in their shows in China, Singapore and Thailand. And that’s a good start for our winning coffees from women communities. To be known outside the country is a good sign to make Philippine coffee a respected origin now and for the coming years.

Thank you for your support for the country’s women in coffee.