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Cordillera is the best producer of quality Arabica Coffee in the Philippines

Cordillera-grown Arabica coffee dominates 2018 Philippine Coffee Quality Competition placing Cordillera as the best producer in the Philippines.

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Arabica coffee is best grown in the highlands, coffee experts say, and this is proven once again with Benguet-grown Arabica varieties winning three spots in the top six of the 2018 Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC).

In the Philippines, about 75 to 80 percent of Arabica coffee is being consumed than Robusta. Arabica is a mild coffee and aromatic;", said George H. Disuanco of MacNut Philippines Inc.

"Arabica has always been found in the Cordillera" Disuanco added.

Emerging as champion for the best Arabica coffee was the entry of Oliver Oliem, whose coffee farm is located in Caliking, Atok, Benguet, with his washed mixed typical Arabica coffee that is grown at 1,650 meters above sea level.

One of the judge Charlie Habbeger, a specialty coffee buyer of the Blue Bottle Coffee owns 81 Café in the US and Asia, affirmed that all judges unanimously voted for the winning Arabica variety giving emphasis on the coffee that blends the characteristics of Apricot, lemongrass, Pomelo, Oolong Tea and the aroma of a Rose.

The entry of Restie Labi Tacio, also of Caliking, Atok, got third spot while Belen Macanes whose farm is located at Sagpat Junction in Kibungan, Benguet was No. 5.

Rounding up the top six were the entries of Juanita Amaba of Davao del Sur (Top 2), Caida Besto of Mirajon, Talarag, Bukidnon (4th), and Leizel Siluano (sixth), also of Davao Del Sur.

For the Robusta category, awarded top six entries were:

  1. Rodolfo Asiong of Cayus, Ilocos Sur
  2. Lorna Libante of Bagong Silang, Bukidnon
  3. Luz Dalapus of Dapdappig G Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur
  4. BMMPC farmers of Pigtauranan San Roque, Bukidnon
  5. Pine Valley Farm of Barangay Paloc, Maragusan, Campostella Valley
  6. Ramon Polipol of Ilocos Sur

The winners were recognized during the 2018 PCQC awarding ceremony at the Hotel Supreme here on Wednesday, as a highlight of the 3rd Philippine Coffee Conference.

The PCQC aims to give recognition to farmers who showcase excellence in coffee growing, and to encourage others to push for product development. Moreover, it aims to promote

Philippine coffee as a driver of economic growth and showcase its potential of being among the best coffee produce in the world.

It is co-organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) with funding by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and technical supervision by Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), a US based institution that promotes specialty coffee and brings about quality grading for Robusta and Arabica coffee in the Philippines.

Only in its second year, PCQC gathered 108 entries for this year's tilt.

The 3rd Philippine Coffee Congress was successfully conducted with the able leadership of DTI and DA in partnership with the Philippine Coffee Council and in coordination with the various coffee industry stakeholders in different parts of the country. It primarily aimed to put the implementation of the Philippine Coffee Roadmap 2017 - 2022 into full gear and to push forward the country's coffee industry into its former glory, as a driver of economic development and in bringing in inclusive growth, especially in the countryside.


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