Up for bids is a 400g (14.1 oz) pack of whole arabica beans from the mountains of Benguet. Benguet is a province nestled at the western slopes of the Central Cordilleras of Luzon, Philippines, known for its temperate climate and high altitude. Arabica beans, considered superior to the more common Robusta variety, were introduced by the Spaniards hundreds of years ago to the Ibaloi, Kankana-ey and Kalanguya tribes of Benguet.
Coffee has become an integral part of daily life in the cold mountains, and to this day trees are grown using traditional, organic farming methods. Aside from working their rice fields, farmers also grow vegetables, fruits and coffee in their uma, which is a small non-irrigated swidden plot. They also maintain forest growth in their muyong or woodlots to protect their watersheds.
Coffee beans are sourced from village farms organized into local cooperatives, with some plantations maintaining trees that are nearly one hundred years old. It is believed that coffee trees still bearing fruit after fifty years are of good genetic qualities.
Supporting the organic coffee farmers in the Cordilleras gives them a sustainable alternative to resource extractive and ecologically unsound industries such as mining, which have introduced conflict and strife in many indigenous communities across the region.
Fresh coffee packs will be obtained as you order. We ship internationally through Philpost Airmail and it takes 15 working days for delivery. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have further questions.