Thursday, December 09, 2021

From ‘coffee farm-to-table’ concept in Cebu

ONE homegrown brand elevates the Cebuano coffee experience.

In the highlands of Tuburan in Kabankalan, a coffee-scented mountain, growing and roasting coffee cherries, specifically Robusta beans—and currently working on the Arabica variety—is located.

On top of this coffee plantation, a small tasting facility that also houses its products such as coffee beans and coffee drip bags is situated.

Tuburan Coffee is the first homegrown coffee brand in Cebu.

The coffee farm started out as one of the solutions for illegal logging and livelihood enhancement of then mayor, now Vice Mayor Democrito Diamante Jr.

Way back, rampant deforestation had been done in the mountain barangays by some of the residents to make an income out of making charcoal briquettes and illegal logging, according to Diamante.

After unsuccessful strategies to resolve the issue together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under its National Greening Program, the partnership came up with the coffee farm idea after Diamante learned more about the benefits of growing a coffee plantation, including protecting the landscape and creating sustainable livelihood for the community, during a visit to Luzon.

The almost 3,000-hectare plantation promotes crop yield from small-scale farming.

“Part of the vision is to educate the younger generation to learn and adopt the farming for food concept to be self-sufficient in the future,” said Diamante.

Eventually, the organization grew with the support from the national government and private institutions.

Tuburan Coffee adapts the use of organic fertilizers for its coffee trees. To bring his vision to life, Diamante, together with his team at Tuburan Coffee, opened the farm to the public so everyone would know how and where the coffee is made—from growing the coffee cherries, cultivating and roasting to even packing each product with love.

One can be truly immersed in the Tuburan Coffee landscape and culture. One will leave the farm with as much knowledge and passion as its coffee farmers, and will understand his cup of coffee on a whole new level.

For visits, one just needs to book an appointment at its office to schedule the guided coffee tour.

Those interested may also check out its Facebook page: Tuburan Coffee.

In order to showcase its farm products, Tuburan Coffee opened Tuburan Café at the heart of Tuburan, on Burgos St., corner Estrella St., Brgy 6.

The 75-seater café does not only offer locally fresh produced specialty coffee, flavored lattes, and its special coffee offerings like Chocolate, Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla Frooze, but also pastries to complement one’s cup of joe, and other thirst-quenchers. It also has a conference room good for 15 people.

Passion—the commitment, effort and dedication of the people behind the coffee farm—and quality of the coffee itself, are things that make Tuburan Coffee special.


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