Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat Province is the coffee capital of the Philippines
Contributing around 23% of the total coffee produced nationally, Sultan Kudarat is now the emerging coffee capital of the Philippines according to Bureau of Agricultural Statistics. This is true for both the arabica and robusta coffee varieties , the staple coffee consumed locally and exported abroad.
When we talk coffee in Sultan Kudarat, we talk about the upland town of Sen. Ninoy Aquino (formerly Kulaman) which is undoubtedly the biggest coffee producer municipality in the province. I had this chance of visiting Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat several times in the past but I haven’t had a glimpse of their thriving coffee industry. To think, the 3 in 1 instant coffee I’m drinking almost daily (made by Nestle) may have come from our very own province!:)
Finally with the help of Sultan Kudarat’s Dept. of Trade and Industry and Department of Tourism, I got my first look (and taste) on the thriving coffee industry in Sen. Ninoy Aquino.
Here are some coffee facts from Sen. Ninoy Aquino:
- Average produce per hectare of coffee (arabica) plantation- 800 kg (projected to reach 1 ton per hectare)
- Nestle is their biggest buyer, contracting up to 80% of the coffee produced in Sen. Ninoy Aquino. Nestle sends coffee technicians to help out coffee farmers up the quality of their coffee produce.
- A big bulk of the coffee produce here is actually for export. A small portion is made for local consumption by independent coffee processing organizations (e.g. Brown Cup Coffee by the Gacayan Family).
- Tax incentives are given to coffee farmers by SNA LGU. (I didn’t have the mechanisms for this, but this one is a very interesting way of supporting the industry)
- The Gacayan (Brown Cup Coffee) coffee processing is the among the first and currently the biggest of the independent coffee processing plant in Sen. Ninoy Aquino. If you’re interested in their coffee beans for your coffee shop, you may contact Brown Cup Coffee at 09294626173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So now, the next time you drink that coffee of yours, 3 in 1 or some arabica coffee beans of coffee shops, think about Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat. It’s probably from that place- the coffee capital of the Philippines.