THE PHILIP­PINES’ FIRST COF­FEE MU­SEUM LAUNCHED

Agriculture - - Varieties Showcased -

WITH THE AIM of hous­ing a onestop in­for­ma­tion shop show­cas­ing the dif­fer­ent cof­fee va­ri­eties found in the Philip­pines, Dr. Car­men L. Lag­man, head of the Bio­di­ver­sity Unit of De La Salle Univer­sity, and Dr. Ruel M. Mo­jica, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cof­fee Re­search De­vel­op­ment and Ex­ten­sion Cen­ter (NCRDEC) of the Cavite State Univer­sity (CvSU), con­cep­tu­al­ized and spear­headed the es­tab­lish­ment of the Cof­fee Mu­seum. Launched ear­lier this year, the Cof­fee Mu­seum is lo­cated in­side the CvSU-Don Sev­erino de­las Alas Cam­pus in In­dang, Cavite. It houses a vast col­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of cof­fee from all over the Philip­pines, in­clud­ing the Ara­bica, Ro­busta, Liber­ica, and the Ex­celsa va­ri­eties.

Cof­fee is one of the hall­marks of Filipino hos­pi­tal­ity; whether brewed or in­stant, it is of­fered to guests in homes and of­fices. On the av­er­age, reg­u­lar cof­fee drinkers con­sume three to five cups of cof­fee a day.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the said mu­seum was made pos­si­ble through the fund­ing sup­port of the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment - Science, Tech­nol­ogy, Re­search, and In­no­va­tion for De­vel­op­ment (USAIDSTRIDE). Also, in his talk dur­ing the mu­seum launch, Dr. Ale­jan­dro dC. Mo­jica, Sr. ac­knowl­edged the fund­ing sup­port of the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy’s Philip­pine Coun­cil for Agri­cul­ture, Aquatic and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Re­search and De­vel­op­ment (DOST-PCAARRD) of their cof­fee projects.

Dr. David Hall, the Chief of Party of STRIDE, in his speech, said that STRIDE will sup­port NCRDEC’s R&D ac­tiv­i­ties un­til the pro­ject’s com­ple­tion in three years.

Present dur­ing the launch­ing were key of­fi­cials, fac­ulty and stu­dents of CvSU; Dr. David Hall of USAID-STRIDE; Mir­shar­iff C. Til­lah of USAID; the De La Salle Univer­sity Bio­di­ver­sity Unit Staff-Taft Cam­pus; rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture-Bureau of Agri­cul­tural Re­search; dif­fer­ent in­dus­try part­ners; pro­vin­cial and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units headed by 7th Dis­trict Board mem­ber Irene Bencito; cof­fee farm­ers and grow­ers; rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Of­fice of the Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist; Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives; and cof­fee ad­vo­cates and en­thu­si­asts.

Decades ago, the prov­inces of Cavite and Batan­gas were known for the cof­fee they grew. But in re­cent years, the pro­duc­tion of cof­fee shifted to Benguet and other parts of Min­danao. Also, gone are the days when the Philip­pines was one of the top cof­fee ex­port­ing coun­tries. In con­clud­ing his speech, Dr. Ruel Mo­jica called for the sup­port of all present of its ul­ti­mate goal of bring­ing Philip­pine cof­fee back into the world mar­ket. (Madeleine V. Ri­cafrente, DOSTPCAARRD S&T Media Ser­vice)

(From left) Mir­shar­iff Til­lah of USAID; Dr. Car­men Lag­man of De La Salle Univer­sity; Dr. Ruel Mo­jica, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cof­fee Re­search De­vel­op­ment and Ex­ten­sion Cen­ter of Cavite State Univer­sity; and Dr. David Hall, chief of party of STRIDE, dur­ing the launch of the Cof­fee Mu­seum.

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