Region: Belis, Atok, Benguet
A vibrant coffee, and classic breakfast cup. Caramel and toasted coconut in the aroma. with a brown sugar sweetness in the cup supported by a citric acidity.
If you haven't yet had an excellent coffee - or any coffee - from the Philippines, start here. Quality Arabica coffee from the region had been difficult to come by until recently because 90% of the country's production is Robusta, and most of it is locally consumed. Yet the third wave cafe movement has been growing rapidly over the past 5 years, as has their export of quality Arabica beans.
Our friends at Kalsada in the Philippines have been working alongside growers to refine their coffees and bring them to the world stage. Our founder and green buyer Miguel first met the team from the then nascent Kalsada Coffee in Manila in 2013.
Shortly there after, due to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the social entrepreneurs at Kalsada Coffee were were able to raise $15,000 to set up a small wet-mill at Sitio Belis in Benguet, on the Philippines northern most island -Luzon. There a group of 50 families bring their coffee cherry for centralized processing.
With the washing station they're able to produce washed, natural, and honey processed coffees from mostly Typica and Bourbon variety trees growing at 1400-1700masl in the area.
We have featured their Yellow Honey and Natural lots in the past. This year it was their elegant traditional washed lot that we selected. A very classic tasting washed coffee that is reminiscent of washed coffees from Central America