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Sarangani Province can now proudly say that it has the best Robusta coffee in the region. Renny Boy Takyawan, the owner of Inag Coffee, got the highest score in the Coffee Quality Evaluation Activity conducted on January 24-28, 2022 at Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. The goal of the five-day activity is to help assess and improve the quality of coffee produced by the participating farmers.
A total of 22 coffee samples throughout the region were tested through coffee green bean grading, roasting, and cupping. The activity was organized by DTI Sultan Kudarat, in partnership with ACDI/VOCA and Mahintana Foundation. The coffee evaluators were ACDI/VOCA Technical Coordinator Ms. Emeline Sabado and some of the coffee Q-graders and roasters in the region.
Inag Coffee may represent the region for the Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC). The PCQC is an annual green coffee competition that seeks to increase the consciousness of Filipino farmers on coffee quality and encourages them to improve their competitiveness in the domestic and international markets.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), ACDI/VOCA, Barista and Coffee Academy of Asia (BCAA), and most recently, the Philippine Coffee Guild (PCG), have organized PCQC since 2017. They seek to promote Philippine coffee locally and internationally, specifically Arabica and Robusta. The competition uses the Coffee Quality Institute’s (CQI) internationally accepted grading and profiling protocols.
DTI Sarangani supports Inag Coffee through its Rural Agro-enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) project.
It is a 4.7-billion-peso value chain-based and market-driven business development initiative that aims to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic development for rural farming communities in the country. It is spearheaded by the DTI and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Coffee is one of the four priority sectors of the project.