BAGUIO City serves as the gateway to the Cordillera Administrative Region, and is part of the BLISTT development, serving as a showroom of products and services which champion the surrounding towns.
At the heart of the highland metro is a small café that continues to promote quality coffee while strengthening partnerships with communities in the Cordillera.
Red Soil Café and Coffee Roastery is a family-owned business that was established in September 2018, uniting three siblings of the Kawig family: Kriesha, Hector and Edgar.
Being siblings, they share the same roots, growing up in a village called “Kamog”, which is known today as San Luis Extension where the Arabica coffee variety grows.
Kamog literally has red soil, which the seven Kawig siblings immortalize through the café.
Added to the menu are pies, cheese cake, pasta, cupcakes with a selection of floral and herbal tea prepared by the youngest sister Kriesha.
Inspired by the diverse and booming coffee industry, the three siblings manage the business offering sorting, roasting and cupping services.
Red Soil beans are culled from farms within Benguet municipalities and provinces in the Cordillera with farmers also bringing their beans to the cafe, slowly growing a partnership concentrating on the Arabica blend.
The siblings turned business partners is advocating a “local product first” supporting local and organic coffee producers.
The success of Red Soil is hinged in the rise of the Benguet province as a top area for coffee in the county, seeking to sustain partnerships with local farmers, coffee enthusiasts, NGOs, Indigenous Peoples Organizations among others.
“We are one with other NGOs (non-government organization) and government to continuously increase the (quality) of coffee in the Cordillera,” Hector said.
Red Soil Café has a Roastery Lab, offering fresh and 100 percent Roasted Arabica Coffee made available in packs of 200 and 500 grams.
“With the coffee roastery, we can adjust to the preference of the customer. This is also an avenue to introduce our quality coffee,” Edgar adds.
Despite the mushrooming coffee industry in the city and its nearby provinces, yet in many ways from the start, guidance and support were gained by the three siblings from various coffee communities.
Red Soil Coffee Roasters Café is located at Rm. 7&8 BARP Building Upper Bokawkan Road, Baguio City.