Local coffee stakeholders helping enhance industry

Coffee industry stakeholders in the Davao Region have been pushing for the development of the industry by embarking on ensuring that farmers know the grade of their produce.

Felicitas B. Pantoja of the Davao Coffee Council said that the organization has started reaching out to coffee groups within the region to help them improve their know how about their beans.

“There are already councils in the provinces (in the region) that have been formed and we are rallying those farmers to really focus and increase coffee production because the demand is great for consistent quality coffee,” Pantoja said during the weekly Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape – Abreeza.

It is important to ensure the quality of the coffee beans because this will impact on pricing, she said, adding that at present, farmers sell green coffee beans while traders sell their coffee as roasted coffee beans.

To highlight the importance of coffee quality grading, the local industry stakeholders will hold the “Bean Grading Competition and Coffee Tasting” as part of the three-day Davao Agri-Trade Expo which opens on September 20 at the SMX Convention Center.

The activity, which will allow 15 participants to taste coffee from the different sources, will allow them to identify the coffee correctly.

Pantoja said the activity is to create awareness among coffee drinkers on the different taste profiles of coffee. “We have varieties of coffee here that we produce in Davao City and each coffee variety will give a different taste profile,” she said.

“If your senses are not aware (about the taste profile of coffee) when you drink coffee, you would just simply say that it tastes like coffee but when yourself are aware you can clearly identify the different taste profiles,” she said.

The activity will allow the participants to taste coffee sourced from four locations but are roasted just by a single roaster. A participant will only be given 15 minutes to identify which of the four has an odd taste.

John Carlo B. Tria, vice president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chair of the event, said the business organization is helping the industry so that local consumers “start patronizing our coffee.”

“We would like see and eventual shift away from the imported coffee varieties and for our own local market to appreciate our local coffee variety, the quality of which is comparable with best in the world,” said Tria. (Regina Mae Ronquillo)

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