CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Five coffee growers and one farmer cooperative in Bukidnon generated P567,500 in sales during a face-to-face auction in the first Northern Mindanao Coffee Quality Competition held in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, March 18.
Coffee beans submitted by the six winners of the Arabica category and the five winners of the Robusta category were open for auction to all coffee enthusiasts present at the awarding ceremony.
The highest bid was given to the micro-lot (58 kilograms) of Manolito Garces, winner in the Arabica category. The closing price was P2,600 per kilogram, generating a total value of P150,800.
The winning bidder for Graces’ micro-lot was The Good Cup Coffee Co.
The remaining award-winning micro-lot (58 kilograms) of Arabica coffee beans from the second to the fourth place generated the following total value: P133,400 for the second place (Aiza Inahan); P98,600 for the third place (Arnold Pina); and P92,800 for the fourth place (Marion Inahan). The fifth place’s (MILFACO) 40-kilogram micro-lot closed with a total value of P60,000.
Primitiva Mahumot’s Robusta coffee beans, which came in first, were worth a total of P31,900 for their micro-lot of 48 kilograms.
The goal of the Regional Coffee Quality Competition is to find and promote northern Mindanao’s best coffee. The competition was held on March 14–17, at the Coffee Cupping Laboratory of Central Mindanao University (CMU), Bukidnon.
The competition was organized by the Regional Coffee Council of Region 10, Department of Trade and Industry-10, Rural Agro-enterprise Partnerships for Inclusive Development Growth Project, ACDI/VOCA Philippine Coffee Advancement and Farm Enterprise, Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project, Peace & Equity Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, and CMU. (DTI-10/PIA-10)