The 7th National Coffee Summit held at Seda Hotel last October 15, 2016 was filled with enriching talks about the coffee culture in the Philippines. It was capped off with a delightful cupping session with Kat Mulingtapang, a US-based Q-grader and coffee expert. The Philippine Coffee Board has been organizing these summits for years, but it’s the first time that they held a coffee summit in Mindanao, with its growing coffee culture and great potential in the coffee industry. Delegates from different parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao attended the event, all for the love of coffee and culture.
There was one common idea that the various speakers talked about, and that is Philippine coffee has so much potential to succeed here and abroad, but we have a long way to go to increase the coffee farming productivity in communities and boost the coffee industry in the country.
It was mentioned by Mr. Sonny Dizon, owner of Mt. Apo Coffee, that Davao’s alluvial soil is the best in the world for coffee and cacao farming. If we could only tap and fully realize that potential in a sustainable manner. If we could earn that PHP 7 billion for ourselves instead of spending it on imported coffee. There’s a big market for coffee out there and we have the creative variety of specialty coffee brands from different parts of the country. As Mr. Nicholas Matti, chairman of PCBI, told the crowd of delegates that at the end of the day coffee is a business. And a business with great potential that is.
Pacita Juan, Co-Chairperson of PCBI, opening the event
Nicholas Matti, Chairman of PCBI
Sonny Dizon, owner of Mt. Apo Coffee
Robert Calingo, Executive Director of Peace and Equity Foundation
Honorable Honey Lumayag-Matti, Mayor of Polomolok
Princess Kumalah Sug-Elardo, Chairperson of People's Alliance for Progress MPCI
Honorable Daisy Avance Fuentes, Governor of South Cotabato
Joji Felicitas B. Pantoja, EVP - Global Partnership Development/Coffee for Peace
Powerful women in Mindanao leading sustainable programs for their respective communities
Ethnic leaders sharing their experiences in the coffee culture of their respective communities (Sorry I
just realized now that the back of the head of Dr. D'haeze seems to appear in almost every picture. I'm sorry that I am seated behind him.)
Art Baria from Nestle
Dr. Alejandro Mojica, Research Director of Cavite State University
Dr. Dave A. D'haeze, sharing his experiences in the coffee culture of Vietnam
Emmanuel U. Torrejon, President of Coffee Roastmasters Alliance Inc.
Kat Mulingtapang, Q-Grader, SCAA IDP/Lead Instructor
It’s not just about coffee anymore, but about enriching communities and improving the economy. Not only does coffee make good business, but it can also help alleviate poverty and help rejuvenate our environment. Coffee has been the livelihood of a number of ethnic tribes in Mindanao, and has been the reason why men gave up their guns in order to do coffee business in Sulu as narrated by Princess Kumalah Sug-Elardo (People’s Alliance for Progress MPCI). Coffee can also be used as a catalyst to re-green the environment. It can be used in intercropping to mitigate the problems apparent in monoculture, or planted alongside trees so that the economic value of the land can be put into good use. A representative from Bohol even mentioned coffee as a disaster-rehabilitation crop.
Coffee makes the world go round. Now it has stopped wars and saved the environment.
Experts have estimated that there will be a shortage of 30 million coffee bags per year by 2020. There’s no better time than now to realize our potential for producing great quality coffee in quantities that could answer to local and international market demands.
If you are interested to learn more about building a coffee farming business or someone who is already in the field in need of assistance, the Philippine Coffee Board can help you with their programs on the coffee industry.
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Philippine Coffee Board
Official Website: http://philcoffeeboard.com/