It’s already November and we now have approximately 80,000-85,000 coffee seedlings planted on an area of approximately 85 hectares! There are another 100,000 seedlings in the nursery waiting to be planted next rainy season. We have stopped planting this year, as rainy season comes to an end. We will now begin the management & maintenanceContinue reading “Plantation Update”
Since the last post, we’ve been moving quickly with the planting process. Here are some photos showing the various activities involved:
Latest Plantation Update: We have started the planning process and are well underway with the initial clearing! Equipment and supplies for land preparation, layout and planting have been purchased and delivered, and we are working quickly to start getting the trees transferred from the nursery and planted into the ground. Our hope is that beforeContinue reading “Clearing and Planting”
There are four varieties of coffee – Arabica, Liberica (or Barako), Excelsa, and Robusta. Robusta is the primary variety used in instant coffee (~70% cheaper than Arabica), though other varieties are also blended in, in some cases. Coffee cherries are produced 8-9 months after the tree flowers. The cherries are picked (strip picked or selectivelyContinue reading “Coffee Growing At A Glance”
This July, we hosted a group of visitors from the United States to visit the site, check out the nursery and survey the planned plantation site. The group spent a couple of days visiting the community, meeting people, learning about their history and getting to know the Bugkalot Coffee Company (BCC) team as well. Having theContinue reading “Almost Ready to Plant”
In the beginning of February 2013 the land for the nursery was selected and the papers were signed for the use of the land. The nursery was built in the begging of March and the coffee seedlings were planted and are growing well.
With a population of 100 million people, the Philippines consumes some 60,000,000 kg of coffee every year, and has a potential to double this demand to 120,000,000 kg within five years with proper investment in promotion and advertising. In contrast, according to the Bureau of Agriculture Statics (BAS), the Philippines is currently producing only 31,000,000Continue reading “Supply & Demand”
The Philippines falls right within the ‘coffee belt’, the latitudes in which all coffee plants are grown between the Tropics of Cancer & Capricorn. Coffee trees thrive in mountain climates and the best coffee, Coffea arabica, grows best at higher elevations. Located in the highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range of northern Luzon, Philippines,Continue reading “Prime Location”