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)

    a coffee nursery in Se. Ninoy Aquino SK

    a coffee nursery in Se. Ninoy Aquino SK

  • 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.

    dried, "washed" coffee beans. Washed beans are of premium quality

    dried, “washed” coffee beans. Washed beans are of premium quality

  • 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).

    Freshly roasted coffee ready for grinding

    Freshly roasted coffee ready for grinding

  • 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)

    Local coffee farmer drying his coffee beans on his backyard

    Local coffee farmer drying his coffee beans on his backyard

  • 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 gacayancoffee@yahoo.com.

    Brown Cup Coffee products displayed with the Coffee Queen herself Mrs. Gacayan

    Brown Cup Coffee products displayed with the Coffee Queen herself Mrs. Rebecca Gacayan

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.

About the Author

- I’m a traveler. I work fulltime as a medical professional. I go to different places most of the time I’m off my day job. I shoot photos for fun, hack computers for even more fun and play badminton as my exercise. And yes, I’m not rich.

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