A COFFEE tasting and bean quality grading for coffee enthusiasts and farmers in the coffee industry will be held during the upcoming Davao Agri-Trade Expo (DATE) on September 22 at the SMX Convention Center, Davao City.
Coffee for Peace president and chief executive officer Joji Pantoja said there is a growing number of coffee bean growers and Dabawenyo coffee enthusiasts in the city.
Hence, the need for them to better understand the complexities of coffee flavors and how these are achieved.
“The reason why we introduced this coffee tasting for the public is to make them aware that coffee has different taste profiles, so we have varieties of coffee here in Davao city and each of which would give a different taste profile, may it be chocolatey, nutty, or even light,” Pantoja said during a media forum on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Habi at Kape in Abreeza Mall, Davao City.
Pantoja said most Dabawenyos might not be that adept in distinguishing different flavors of coffee.
She also said the importance of this awareness would also be a good reflection of how Filipinos, especially Dabawenyos, have adapted in recognizing the coffee as just a bitter drink.
“If you are not aware with your senses when you drink coffee, then you would just say ‘oh it tastes just like coffee’. But when you make yourself aware of the different senses, then you can identify the different taste profile that this coffee you are drinking would give,” Pantoja said.
She added this coffee tasting will be open to the public and would be less restricted unlike the coffee cupping event.
“So we will make it more fun, in a sense that it would be timed for the people who will participate, and we will only receive 15 people to do this contest,” Pantoja said.
For the 15 participants in the said event, they would be given four minutes to identify which coffee has the odd taste.
“So the people who would be preparing coffee would mark the coffee, so once the odd one is identified, then the participant wins,” Pantoja said.
She also added in this way this would give education not only to the consumers but also to the consumers in creating a good coffee flavored mix.
“So there would also be one roaster who will roast the coffee the producers have given” Pantoja said.
Pantoja encouraged coffee bean farmers and enthusiasts to take part in the said event.