There is indeed no need to cross borders to get a sip of a high-quality coffee, because quality coffee is here.

Two pinoy coffee firms bag top awards at Agency for the Valorization of Agricultural Products’ (AVPA) 5th International Contest of Locally Roasted Coffees held in Milan, Italy last October 21.

The said contest runs annually, serving as a platform for native coffee producers to introduce their products internationally.

Bukidnon-grown Mirabueno coffee and Sagada-grown SGD coffee triumphed over 700 participants from other countries for the Gourmet (puissant doux category) and Bronze (rond equilibre category) awards respectively.

This victory marks the second time of the country being recognized in the contest, succeeding Bana’s Coffee’s first win in 2017.

The Philippine Consul General’s Office in Milan received the prizes on behalf of Raymund Mirabueno, Andrew and Mary Tomeg, Felipa Villicana, Zo Lim, Butch Acop, and Rich Watanabe of the Coffee Heritage Project.

Both Mirabueno Coffee and SGD Coffee are part of the Coffee Heritage Project (CHP), a non-profit private initiative that aids local farmers in cultivating high quality coffee beans.  

AVPA is a Paris-based organization comprised of coffee producers, experts, and taste enthusiasts whose common goal is to enhance the value of agricultural products and recognize excellent producers. 

Aside from the Philippines, the contest was joined by different countries in the world including Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Togo, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

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