Get to know how Bukidnon’s very own coffee product won in Coffee Quality Tilt Competition. 

The Inhandig Tribal Multi Purpose cooperative (ITMPC) from Malaybalay, Bukidnon won this year’s Kape Pilipino Green Coffee Quality competition for the Arabica category while Kape Maramag of Maramag, Bukidnon won in the Robusta category. The Arabica scored 85.84 points while the Robusta scored 83.75. Both winners will send their representatives to Seattle, Washington, USA this April to attend the Specialty Coffee Association Expo.

The results were announced by the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI) with ACDI/VOCA’s (Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance) Chief of Party Thelonious Trimmell and Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) judges led by Samuel Gurel of Torch Coffee.

There were 78 coffee samples submitted from up in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) to down in Region XI and Sulu. The judges pared them to 12 in Arabica and 10 in Robusta, with the finalists all scoring above 80 points.

“Some flavor notes reminded me of Ethiopian Sidamo,” says Q grader and judge Mbula Musau of Kenya. “The Robustas are like our Uganda fine coffees.”

I’m totally amazed by the taste profiles of the winners” says Gurel. Both winners used the natural process and brought out Floral and dark chocolate notes for Robusta, and floral and caramel for the Arabicas.

These coffees will now command a higher price in the specialty coffee market. Kape Pilipino is part of the MinPACT project or Mindanao Productivity in Agriculture, Commerce and Trade. This project is United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded and implemented by ACDI/VOCA PCBI is the grantee organization which conducted the events for better quality consciousness of producers for Specialty Arabicas and Fine Robustas.

This story appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s April 2017 issue.