3rd Coffee Congress set in Baguio

Published March 18, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Zaldy C. Comanda

Baguio City — Some 700 coffee industry stakeholders around the country will converge in the Summer Capital to discuss the prevailing issues and concerns of the coffee industry, during the 3rd Coffee Congress which will be held on March 20-21 at the Hotel Supreme.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. It is grown in about 50 countries along the equatorial zone called “the Bean Belt,’ and among the most popular variety are Arabica, which thrives best in the Cordillera and Robusta.

Department of Trade and Industry-Cordillera Director Myrna Pablo, said  the city will serve as the host for the third consecutive time.  “We hope that we  will continue to gain more support from the farmers for the sustainable increase in the production of coffee around the country to make it one of the country’s major crop.”

Based on data, world coffee production is pegged at 158 million 60-kilogram bags of dried beans while the world coffee consumption is 157 million 60-kilogram bags.

Pablo said, aside from being the 5th top coffee consuming country in the world, the Philippines is the top importer of soluble coffee in the world.