Sierra Madre Mountains
Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
The Philippines falls right within the “Coffee Belt” (or Bean Belt), the band around the earth between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn where coffee grows best. The Philippines is also one of the few countries that is suitable for growing the four major varieties of coffee, one of which is Arabica (Coffea Arabica) which grow best at high elevation. It is the most popular coffee variety worldwide and is often regarded as the “best” variety due to its balance of aroma, flavor and caffeine content.
Located deep in the heart of the Sierra Madre highlands of northern Luzon, the Ancestral Domain of the Bugkalot tribe covers almost 140,000 hectares of mountainous forest land across the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quino, and Aurora. It is perfect “coffee country”.
Situated at an elevation between 900 to 1,200 meters above sea level, with good soil conditions and lots of primary and secondary forest for shade. There is excellent supply of water year-round, as natural springs from the mountains help provide water during the drier months. Access to transportation and electricity make the Bugkalot Coffee project site a suitable location for the development of a coffee plantation and an integrated coffee processing complex for high-grade Arabica coffee.