ILOILO CITY — Four coffee growers from the Western Visayas region were cited for the quality of their robusta variety in the recent Philippine Coffee Quality Contest 2022.
“Hats off to our coffee farmers,” the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-6) said in a statement.
The annual search for the best coffee in the country cited robusta coffee grown by April Lie Obrique of the city of Murcia, province of Negros Occidental; Alejandro Gonzaga and Antonion Endencio from the city of Sibalom, province of Antiquity; and Teddy Echalar from the city of Igbaras in the province of Iloilo.
Of the four, Café d’Obrique placed seventh with a score of 81.25 points. This allowed Obrique’s coffee to qualify for the Philippine Coffee Guild’s online auction, where samples of its coffee bean will be sent to registered bidders.
The competition, which aims to gain recognition for Philippine coffee in the global industry, is a convergence project with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI VOCA) and the Barista and Coffee Academy. of Asia Inc. (BCAA).
While the aim is to gain recognition in the global industry, the competition also aims to stimulate the marketing of local coffee beans for local consumption.
In 2017, DTI and DA jointly provided technical assistance to Western Visayan coffee farmers to localize the coffee industry roadmap in the Philippines.
In particular, DTI and DA wanted to increase production because the demand for coffee at the national level is greater than what local producers can supply.
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