LIST: Must-Try Local Coffee Brands in the PH
The rise of the third wave coffee, a movement that recognizes coffee as a gourmet experience, has put the focus more and more on the origin and quality of coffee beans as well as the roasting techniques and brewing methods used.
This has opened the gates for local coffee brands to showcase what the Philippine coffee industry can offer, and at the same time, to support hardworking coffee farmers.
According to the Philippine Coffee Board, the topography of the Philippines–the presence of lowlands and mountain regions–is ideal for coffee farming. In fact, the Philippines produces 30,000 metric tons of coffee a year with the varieties of Arabica, Liberica (Barako), Excelsa, and Robusta.
To help you make the switch, Philippine Primer has listed local coffee brands in the Philippines you should check out now!
Primal Brew is one of the newest names in the local coffee scene. They have a product line that is suited to all kinds of coffee drinkers!
It is composed of home brewing kits, drip packs, coffee bags, cold brew, and even 3-in-1 coffee blends.
Where to buy: Message their Facebook page to get your hands on their quality products. Sometimes, they also sell their coffee at weekend pop-up markets so better visit their Facebook page for updates.
Since it was founded in 2014, Kalsada has been extensively working with local coffee farmers from Benguet and Bukidnon to help them reach the highest potential of their harvests.
Aside from fair trade and organic labels, this unique approach values integrity and community above all.
Where to buy: You can avail of a monthly or bi-monthly 200g or 1kg subscription of Kalsada coffee through their website. They also supply to local cafes and even export to the US and France.
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Figures of Beans is founded by two long-time friends KC Boter and Karen de Guzman, who share a passionate love for the caffeinated drink. They bring quality local coffee from the mountains of Cordillera right to your doorstep!
Home brewing is something FOB champions. Their products come with detailed guides on how to properly brew the coffee beans so customers can enjoy that quality cup at the comforts of their homes.
Where to buy: Their products are available on their website and online stores like BeautyMNL and Shopinas.
Kape Maria lets you taste the richness of Philippine coffee by sourcing beans from different regions all over the country. They have three varieties namely Pulag, Amuyao, and Maynila.
Pulag, which is the crowd favorite due to its medium, balanced and fragrant flavor, is a blend of beans from Benguet, Ifugao Province, and Cavite. Amuyao, the strongest blend of the three, is sourced from Cavite and Ifugao Province while Maynila, Kape Maria’s house blend, is composed of Robusta and Arabica beans from farms in Luzon.
Where to buy: You can view the list of stores and dealers of Kape Maria products on humanheartnature.com. They are also available in Kultura at SM Makati.
You already know by this time that Sagada produces quality coffee beans. Luckily, through the award-winning SGD coffee, you can enjoy this full-bodied flavor without traveling far up North.
SGD Coffee is also a part of an even bigger venture that focuses on helping local farmers in Sagada called the Coffee Heritage Project.
Where to buy: You can experience this high-quality brew at SGD Bodega in Quezon City and SGD Coffee Roastery at San Juan City.
Founded in 1987, Gourmet Farms is the first to introduce Philippine coffee beans to the world and is the premier coffee roaster in the country. They are committed to creating a sustainable coffee culture in the Philippines through education and efforts to improve quality and yield of crops.
Kapelipinas is their product line of Philippine single origin beans.
Where to buy: Gourmet Farms coffee is available at all leading supermarkets nationwide. You can also visit their cafe in Silang, Cavite.
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What sets Basilio apart from other local brands is the method of roasting their coffee beans. They utilize air roasting to bring out the desired and inherent coffee flavors and aroma.
This fair trade coffee is grown and produced by Filipino farmers all over the Philippines and has three blends namely Dalisay Blend, Tinatangi Blend, and Muni-Muni Blend.
Where to buy: Basilio Coffee products are available at Landmark Supermarkets, Rustans, and other selected stores nationwide. View the complete list of stores and online shops that host their products on their website.
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Cafe-Te-Ria is a venture started by a small family from Manila hoping to raise awareness about local and naturally grown coffee from Sagada and Kalinga. Their coffee comes from different regions in the Philippines, where flavor-rich beans are cultivated under the right climate, proper altitude, and rich soil.
Where to buy: Aside from their online store, you can also find their products at Connie’s Kitchen Deli, Earth Kitchen, and Mananzan Handicrafts.
Which of these local coffee brands in the Philippines have you tried? Let us know in the comments below!