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The Cordillera is the best producer of quality Arabica Coffee in the country today.

This was known as the winners of the Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC) were announced during the 3rd Philippine Coffee Conference held at Hotel Supreme last March 21, 2018.

Both the conference and the PCQC were organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the Philippine Coffee Council (PCC).

For this year, the theme of the coffee conference is “Growing and Brewing together”.

The winners of the PCQC were announced last March 21, 2018. It was participated by more than more than 100 participants or farmers from the different regions in the Philippines including CARAGA, Bukidnon, Davao del Sur and farmers from the different provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

The top six (6) winners for the Arabica category were Mr Oliver Oliem of Atok, Benguet who gained the 1st place with a mark of 87.06 while Juanita Amaba from Davao del Sur was second with a score of 86.03, Restie Lebie Tacio also of Atok, Benguet was a third place with a score of 85.96, Zaida Besto from Bukidnon scored 85.88, Belen Macanes of Kibungan, Benguet had scored 85.81 and Liezel Siluano of Davao del Sur scored 85. 41.

The said competition has been judged by the BARISTA and Coffee Academy of Asia.

“In the Philippines, about 75 to 80 percent of Arabica coffee is being consumed than Robusta. Arabica is a mild coffee and aromatic;”, said George H. Disuanco of MacNut Philippines Inc.

“Arabica has always been found in the Cordillera” Disuanco added.//Mia T. Madegyem, BSU-DevCom Intern 2018