A mile above sea level on this island nation in the Pacific, a farmer heaves a sack of red ripe-picked cherries up a mountain to the community processing center where she works alongside neighbors to de-pulp, ferment, & dry these speciality coffee cherries. Grown 1200-1700 masl in the fertile Cordillera Mountains, these arabica coffee beans have tasting notes of strawberry, walnut & stonefruit, offering a unique flavor profile for curious coffee connoisseurs and a delicious, agreeable cup for all.
Smallholder farmers work together in cooperative organizations, hand picking and processing excellent arabica & robusta coffee. Farmers are part of the indigenous peoples community which has been historically marginalized from economic development. Coffee provides supplemental income & opportunity to enhance their livelihood and invest in their children’s education.
Cordillera’s high elevation yields a naturally sweet, fruit-flavored arabica coffee bean. Varieties cultivated here are bourbon, typica & catimor.
The region is also known for excellent robusta production. Grown at unusually high altitutdes, Philippines robusta ripens slowly at cool temperatures, yielding a complex, smooth taste.
Aroma notes: vanilla, floral, sweet
Flavor notes: dried fruit, strawberry, cacao-nibs, walnut, allspice
Varieties: Typica & Bourbon