Beans from Mt. Matutum

Mt. Matutum in South Cotabato, near Dole's pineapple plantations.

Mt. Matutum in South Cotabato, near Dole's pineapple plantations.

I got another package today! Green coffee beans from Mt. Matutum, a kilo worth of sampler beans that I got from Fred, of Greentropics Coffee from General Santos City. Mt. Matutum is such a beautiful mountain, conically shaped similar to but not as perfect as Mt. Mayon in Albay. It has a peak elevation of about 7,500 feet, high enough to grow the sought-after arabica coffee beans.

You see, I’ve been testing local beans once again, hoping that I can hit gold for a bargain. In terms of shipping, that is, coz if you know where to find, you can get specialty grade green beans from the world’s best coffee growing regions (like Brazil, Yemen, Ethiopia and Guatemala) at $2 – $3 a pound, whereas I pay P200 to P300 ($4 – $6) a kilo (or $1.82 – $2.73 a pound) locally. Most retail online ships sell specialty beans at $5 to $8, though, but distros at GCBC sell much cheaper.

I’ve tried Matutum beans of a previous harvest. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it. Fred also sold me a kilo of civet cat coffee way back. While I didn’t like it, friends did! But poop isn’t for me.

I’m worried, though, coz I can readily defects in the Matutum beans, those borer holes you can see in the picture. In specialty grade beans, you can almost not find those defects, which means the farmers have been very careful in tending their beans, and even much more meticulous later in selecting which goes to the best market. At P250 a kilo, beans IMHO should already be good enough. In Malaybalay City in Bukidnon, I got arabica beans from a comprador at P80 a kilo about 2 years ago. It was more expensive in Bansalan in Davao del Sur at an average of P100/kg.

Matutum beans in the package.

Matutum beans in the package.

But of course the final word is in the cup, how good it tastes when brewed. Yemen beans aren’t as nice looking as those from Guatemala and Brazil. They do not have uniform sizes, some are broken, but none of those borer holes. And yet, in the cup, the Yemens are still my favorite, along with their neighbors just across the Red Sea, the Ethiopian beans.

just finished roasting half a pound of the Matutums, and we’ll see how it cups after a few hours’ rest.

Abangan …

I can see borer holes there ...

I can see borer holes there ...


6 Responses to “Beans from Mt. Matutum”

  1. Rick O on April 26th, 2009 7:41 pm


    Would you know where we can get a variety of local ground coffee here in Davao City?

  2. Bobby on April 27th, 2009 7:08 am

    no idea in davao, rick. but even if they have, you shouldn’t buy already ground beans. at least buy the whole beans and grind them yourself just before brewing. but you should ask the vendor when they roasted it (hopefully not more than a week), and check if they’re properly stored in air-tight containers or in foil bags with one-way valves. but that’s not a guarantee yet that you’d have great coffee, coz it’s so difficult to source good coffee.

  3. Kenji Okuyama on July 26th, 2009 11:58 pm

    Attention: International Sales Manager

    Dear Sir,

    We have imported green Kona coffee beans from Hawaii to Japan for a couples of years. Now we are interested to import Cordillera and Mt. Matutum green coffee beans to Japan as well.

    We are grateful if you let us know the contact information on the farmers association in the regions.

    We hope to hear from you favorably at an early date.


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  4. JOshua on October 17th, 2011 2:45 pm

    Hey Rick, if you’re still looking for freshly roasted ground/whole bean coffee in Davao then I’m your man! Contact me anytime, I’m currently in Bajada area. Cell is 0922-788-8173 God bless!

  5. Joshua on May 29th, 2012 3:44 pm


    My name is Joshua Hernandez I’m from Scottsdale Arizona, and have been here in Mindanao Philippines for just under three years now. I’d like to know if you’d be interested in buying Kafe Balos aka Alamid or Civet Coffee here in Davao. This coffee is Prized as the “Most expensive coffee in the world” and “one of the best intaste” according to coffee conesiours around the world! Our coffee is 100%ORGANIC certified and we practice fair trade. Our Civet coffee is of a higher quality as well because we do not cage our civets as some of our competitors do, but they are free to roam the high mountainous areas of Mt.Matutum in the SOCKSARGEN region and then our forest dwellers collect the beans early each morning from the forest floor. We are very proud of our product and are even willing to compete in prices with any competitor that has the same quality coffee that we supply. We also have raw/roasted Robusta and Arabica for sale. We currently supply Coffee for Peace, Kangaroo Coffee, and are in the beginning contract stage with Bluegre Coffee. Stock is limited each year but we can provide enough.

    My wife and I are just starting out and plan to use most if not all our profits to open an organization here to help the street kids and those in slum areas learn about the love of Jesus. You can visit our Facebook page for more info on that at

    You can also learn more about our coffee here: (May 1st, 2011)

  6. Bobby on September 10th, 2012 2:13 pm

    Sorry I’m no fan of civet poop coffee. Tried it a few times, even buying the green beans from Matutum. But nah, it’s not for me. :-) So far I’m happy with my green beans. Maybe one of these days I’ll check your green beans, especially when I’m in Davao.

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