HERE’S to more good cups of specialty coffee from Davao del Sur.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Davao region recently turned over the P2.4-million coffee-roasting facility to the Balutakay Coffee Farmers Association (Bacofa) in Balutakay, Bansalan, Davao del Sur.
Under DA’s High-Value Crops Development Program, the roasting facility is equipped with a receiving area, sorting area, roasting area and dehulling area. It has also grinding and packaging areas and an office space.
The facility has the capacity to roast 10 kilos of dried coffee beans per hour or 80 kilos per day in an eight-hour daily operation.
‘Under DA’s farm-mechanization program, innovative machinery and facilities are made available to promote farm efficiency and productivity among our farmers,’ DA Regional Director Ricardo Oñate Jr. said.
‘This roasting facility will greatly help local farmers to produce quality specialty coffee and generate more income,’ he added.
Oñate said the DA is giving priority to Bacofa coffee farmers owing to their comparative advantage and good track record in producing Arabica specialty coffee, which includes their area’s cool climate and higher elevation.
Bacofa supplies green and roasted coffee beans, as well as ground coffee to various coffee shops in the Davao region and even in Manila. Their berries are also exported to Australia and Canada.
Ariel Dubria, Bacofa board member, said their coffee had been rated 85 over 100 by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. This enabled their association to be internationally renowned as producers of specialty coffee.
‘It is a product of having the high altitude, as we are located in the foothills of Mount Apo, and the right attitude to produce specialty coffee,’ Dubria said, adding that observing good farming practices is important in coffee production.
‘We only pick red berries, and our beans are dried in elevated dryers to avoid contamination,’ he added.
With the DA-assisted roasting facility, Dubria said Bacofa will further boost its coffee processing and continue to gain attention in the global coffee community.
Source (c) 2018 2017 Business Mirror Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate.info).