Bukidnon and Sagada coffee won international award in Milan, Italy during the 5th International Contest of Locally Roasted Coffees by the Agence pour la Valorisation des Produits Agricoles (AVPA) last Oct. 21.
From the province of Bukidnon, the Mirabueno Coffee was given a Gourmet Award (puissant doux category). On the other hand, Bronze Award (rond equilibre category) was awarded to SGD Coffee from Northern Sagada.
As cited in the report of CNN Philippines, “the Bukidnon and Sagada coffee are part of The Coffee Heritage Project, non-profit private initiative which takes quality-focused approaches in coffee production”.
In 2017, Sagada coffee won its first Gourmet Award during the 3rd AVPA.
The annual AVPA contest was participated with 700 coffee producers.
“AVPA is a Paris-based, a non-governmental, non-profit organization, mainly composed of producers and taste enthusiasts. The association’s goal is to enhance the value of agricultural products and to recognize the excellence of some producers, too often forgotten in the midst of mass marketing,” CNN report mentioned.
Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala,Ecuador,Indonesia,Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Togo, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii have participated in the said competition.
Sagada coffee was recognized to be the best coffee in the world.
Rich Watanabe shared that SGD Coffee organizes a coffee planting activities.
“We ask volunteers from around the world to plant indigenous coffees in Sagada. We take seedlings from centuries-old trees to plant. Before that, we ask permission from the elders because they in turn (somehow) consult with their ancestors for them to tell us when it is okay to plant, taking into consideration the moon and the first fall of rain. Then after, we participate in a thanksgiving ritual,” Watanabe mentioned.