The much-awaited coffee festival has finally reached the shores of Mindanao. Coffee Origins, organized by the Philippine Coffee Board, will be up and running all week from October 13 – 17, 2014 at Abreeza Ayala Mall. Free coffee will be served at the different booths present during the festival. You’ll get the chance to sample different types of coffee, as well as taste some premium chocolate from Mindanao.
I feel blessed listening to the speeches of big names in the Philippine coffee industry. The event was graced by Mr. Nicholas Matti, chairman of the Philippine Coffee Board; Mr. Sonny Dizon, owner of Mt. Apo Coffee; Dr. Alejandro Mojica, research director and board member of the Philippine Coffee Board; Guillermo Luz, consultant for the coffee board; Kat Mulingtapang, certified Q-grader and coffee expert; Rosario Juan, the event's host and CEO of Commune; and our honorable Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. They talked about the richness of the coffee culture in the Philippines and the need to be more competitive in the global market. I also felt proud knowing that our very own Mt. Apo Kapatagan coffee won two awards in the Thaifex Roaster Awards last May 2014, and bested 25 other entries from four coffee-producing countries. It just shows that our coffee industry in the Philippines has so much potential to succeed in the international scene.
Ros Juan of Commune introducing the speakers of the Coffee Origins event (from left to right: Ros Juan, Dr. Alejandro Mojica, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Guillermo Luz, Sonny Dizon, and Nicholas Matti)
Mr. Nicholas Matti, chairman of the Philippine Coffee Board
Mr. Sonny Dizon, owner of Mt. Apo Coffee
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on how coffee is a significant part of his day and how we can boost the coffee industry in Mindanao
Guillermo Luz on the statistics and great potential of the coffee industry in the Philippines
Coffee toast at the end of the talk
Philippine coffee has still a long way to go, according to the speakers, but there is just so much potential in it to boost the economy and gain worldwide recognition.
Mark your calendars because the following is the schedule for this week’s coffee festival:
October 13 – 17: Coffee Origins at Abreeza Mall, Davao City
October 15: National Coffee Summit at Seda Hotel, Davao City
October 16: Philippine Chocolate and Cacao Summit at Seda Hotel, Davao City
October 17: Cupping with Kat Mulingtapang at ECHOstore Café, Davao City
October 18: Nestle Farm Tour at Tagum City
October 25: Cavite Farm Tour, Organic Coffee and Cavite State University
Offerings from Kape Isla
Coffee is served at Women's Coffee Alliance
Coffee at Women's Coffee Alliance
Premium coffee at Mt. Apo Coffee
Premium coffee at Anak Mindanao
Chocolate booth from the Cacao and Chocolate Summit
Care for some durian-filled dark chocolate?
A myriad of coffee products from the DTI booth
Yes, I want to buy them all...
And these ones too...
If I had too much money with me, I would have bought every type of coffee and chocolate during the event.
I attended this event because I’m not just a coffee
addict enthusiast, but I want to learn more about the medium I use in painting. I am using Nescafe and Monk’s Blend Coffee (from
Bukidnon) in creating my artworks, but I really want to discover how my medium was planted, processed, and distributed so that I can understand it more, or somewhat empathize with it. I want to
delve deeper into this art form, and I believe I can achieve that by getting in touch with how coffee is made.
There’s so much to discover and learn this entire week of coffee festivities. Special thanks to the Philippine Coffee Board for organizing the event as well as all the coffee and media partners for making the coffee festival possible.
Philippine Coffee Board
Official Website: http://philcoffeeboard.com/