Philippines Coffee

The largest coffee plantation in the Philippines is located in a mountainous region near the town of Alcoy south of Cebu City about 700 meters above sea level. Coffee plants thrive in the area’s relatively stable climate with ample rainfall.

Philippines Robusta Coffee Production

Much of the coffee grown in the Philippines (about 85%) is the lower quality Robusta that is largely used to produce instant coffee.

Robusta plantation are located in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Sultan Kudarat, Bataan, Bohol, Cebu, Compostela Valley and Palawan and various other regions. The Nestle Company buys a large percentage of the harvest.

Also see: The Top Ten Coffees in the World

Philippines Arabica Coffee Production – Coffees of the Philippines continued:

About five percent of coffee production in the Philippines is the higher grade Arabica coffee which is known as Kapeng Tagalog while seven percent is the Excelsa varietal which is resistant to drought.

About three percent of Philippine coffee is the Liberica Coffee varietal and known as Kapeng Barako, favored for its ability to grow in a variety of soil types.

History of Philippine Coffee

Coffee was first brought to the Philippines by a Franciscan friar in 1749 and grew into a thriving industry. The coffee rust disease decimated crops at the end of the nineteenth century.

Toward the end of the era of Spanish colonization the Philippines was a top coffee exporter but the coffee trade languished due to lack of support from the government, urbanization and other factors including previous global declines in coffee prices.

Coffee Cultivation Increasing In the Philippines

The current high worldwide prices for coffee are helping to incentivize increased coffee production in the Philippines. In 1989 around 130,000 hectares in the country were being cultivated in coffee but by 2006 the acreage was just 75,000 hectares.

Today coffee is a very popular beverage among the Filipino population. Starbucks now has an increasing presence in the country with many cafes in Manila and other locations.

Coffees of the Philippines continued:

The Philippines Agricultural Department has been involved in loan assistance programs and distribution of planting materials, small farm equipment, coffee production facilities and farmer training in an effort to increase the quantity and improve the quality of the country’s coffee crop and revitalize the country’s coffee industry.

Large-scale coffee plantings in the Philippines – including alternative coffee plant varietals – are expected to cause a double-digit increase in exports of specialty coffee by 2012.

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cynthia perez September 26, 2012 at 2:02 am

thanx for the info, it really helps me a lot!

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Melito Añasco January 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

Good Afternoon po,may contact number po ba kayo?

manny regala April 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I am retiring in 2 year in the Philippines. My wife and I plan to plant coffee in our land in Cebu. what is the best variety to grow and where can i get seedlings or seeds.

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