Organic Coffee for Sale Philippines

The Philippines were once the fourth leading coffee producer in the world. But that was a couple of hundred years ago when it was a Spanish colony. Today the Philippines rank number 110 in terms of coffee production for export at 25,000 tons. However, 100,000 tons of coffee is consumed locally. What kind of coffee is for sale in the Philippines and can you find healthy organic coffee there?

The Four Viable Coffee Varieties

The Philippines are one of the few countries where you can find all four commercial coffee varieties.

  • Arabica
  • Robusta
  • Liberica
  • Excelsa

Arabica coffee is the best tasting and aromatic coffee. Robusta is a hardy coffee variety that produces more than Arabica and is the source of caffeine in soft drinks. Liberica and Excelsa are similar to Robusta.

Liberica Coffee

Liberica coffee is, like Robusta, more resistant to coffee leaf rust than Arabica. It was imported from Africa to Indonesia in the 19th century to replace plants devastated by the fungus. Today a major producer of Liberica coffee is the Philippines although it can be found in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and throughout Central America. Liberica coffee is also, like Robusta, less flavorful than Arabica.

Excelsa Coffee

Excelsa coffee should not be confused with Café Excelso from Colombia. In Colombia Excelso refers to bean size. Excelsa is produced in the Philippines and is more leaf rust resistant than Arabica. It was during the 1950’s that a coffee revival occurred in the Philippines with the planting of leaf rust resistant strains such as Excelsa. This was after a 60 year hiatus. The Philippines were a major worldwide coffee producer until leaf rust hit in 1889. This was coupled with insect infestations in the Batangas area, the major coffee region in the Philippines. Slowly but surely the Philippines are increasing their production of coffee for export using leaf rust resistant strains.

Organic Coffee from the Philippines

There are organic coffee producers in the Philippines. You can find them online.

Negros Island

Negros Island Rainforest Organic Coffee is organically grown without the use of Chemicals and Pesticides. Farmers help in building healthy soils and preserves biodiversity in the rain forest. The Organic Coffee is made from selectively handpicked ripe red coffee cherries by the rural forest dwellers in Negros Island, Philippines. Exceptionally great tasting as the coffee beans mature more slowly in the shade natural sugars increase and enhance the flavor of the coffee.

Kalinga Organic Coffee

Due to the efforts of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Kalinga, coffee farming in this province is becoming organic. The project will be started in three areas. It is in line with the “one town, one product” program of the government answering the high demand for organic products. As Noryn Bagano of DTI Kalinga coffee stated towards the “Sunstar”, markets in Europe, the US and other parts of the world are waiting for this coffee, as soon as it is certified as organic. The certification will be done by EcoCert and the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines. Coffee is one of Kalinga’s main crops. 2.460 tons (70 % of the Cordilleras’ total production) were produced in this province in 2003. Almost 8,350 ha are used for the plantation of coffee, and still there is a large area available to increase this.

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