To further appreciate and understand how coffee cupping and quality is done before it is served at its finest, the DA-CAR staff have undergone a coffee quality training on July 29, 2020 at Baguio City.
The training intends to equip participants on coffee grading, cupping and evaluate as basis for pricing, recommendation to farmers to improve coffee quality.
“There is no shortcut in making quality coffee,” said Ms. Jamias of Cordillera Green Network and an Arabica Q Grader who serves as the resource speaker.
Cordillera is known to be the top producer of Arabica coffee in the Philippines. Ms. Jamias emphasized that coffee quality begins in planting; the soil, seeds, and planting materials. She discussed the proper selection of quality seedlings followed by standard harvesting to processing procedures.
She emphasized that harvesting of cherries should be done through selective picking leaving the green ones while overly ripe cherries are to be separated.
The participants experience on coffee cupping. Coffee cupping is done to determine taste characteristics of coffee which is very crucial to customers and to increase quality and consistency. With quality coffee, the farmers can demand for a higher price of their produce. It is also done to evaluate defective coffee and/or create coffee blends, and to understand the minor differences between coffee growing regions. Two sets of coffee samples were cupped according to post-harvest methods and roasting level. The criteria are based on the fragrance/aroma, flavor, acidity, body, and uniformity using the international standard coffee cupping form.
“Coffee varies one another from its aroma up to its taste. At least now, we know what to market, if not, to recommend to other consumers that would probably help the coffee farmers in marketing their produce,” shared by Ms. Shirley Dayao-Rosario of Research Division.
Ms. Esther Andiso who has been producing coffee for years shared how important to determine quality coffee for preferences since it also has effects on health especially on its acidity level.
The training is one of the activities of GREAT Women Project 2 funded by the Canada Funds through the Philippine Commission for Women and implemented by the DA-CAR.//SEB