Duterte could put Mindanao in global coffee map
The rise of Rodrigo Duterte to the presidency should also mean that the shining era for Mindanao coffee is at hand, an official of the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI) said.
Chit Juan, PCBI co-chair, recalled in her Facebook post that the PCBI transferred its coffee activities to Davao City in 2014 after Duterte, as Davao City mayor, encouraged the planting of coffee in the city’s barren lands.
Juan said Duterte told PCBI chair Sonny Dizon that Davao City can be the coffee center of the Philippines.
“We have the altitude and the attitude to make coffee from Mt. Apo, Mt. Matutum and Mt. Kitanglad known around the world. Now we have to make it good and plant as many coffee trees. Despite climate change, and the discouraging temperatures Mindanao has always been special for its micro climates. So to Mindanao we give the task of expanding our coffee areas,” she said.
She said the three areas are good sources of Arabica coffee beans.
She said foreign coffee chain owners could also source their beans from Mindanao, especially Davao.
“At the rate we drink coffee, we need to plant millions of coffee trees, and Mindanao may be the most ideal place to do this,” she added.