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Coffee: More Than Just a Staple Drink
Lily Tabanera
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Who doesn’t love coffee? It wakes us up and helps increase our energy levels. It also lowers the risk of cancer, diabetes, and liver problems. With the rise of coffee shops and different variations of specialty coffee, we rarely get through a day without this miracle in a cup. We have turned coffee-drinking into a public activity for studying, working, and casual talks. 

But that’s not all there is to coffee in the Philippines. Coffee is also one of the country’s most important agricultural products. In fact, we are located right in the middle of the coffee bean belt. This means that our land is capable of growing different varieties of coffee beans. And despite the decline of coffee production supply in recent years, there are around 60,000 coffee farmers, more than 80,000 coffee trees, and multiple coffee organizations dedicated to the industry.

The most awaited event for Philippine coffee is now on its 10th year and its fourth time in Davao City. This year’s National Coffee Summit will feature technical sessions on coffee production and discuss different opportunities in the coffee industry. Topics include Tourism Through Coffee, Access to Markets for Women in Coffee, and the Philippine Coffee Roadmap.

International coffee experts such as Dr. Dave D’Haeze, a Robusta coffee expert of the Hans Neumann Stiftung Foundation (HNSF), and Samuel Gurel, president of Torch Coffee Company, will also give talks during the event.

The 10th National Coffee Summit will be held on October 24, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang Davao City and is organized by the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. (PCBI). For inquiries, you can visit or call 0908-883-1218.

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