Exploring more local coffees

Catimor beans (left) and civet cat coffee (right) from Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

Catimor beans (left) and civet cat coffee (right) from Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

These past days I’ve been exploring local coffee beans some more. I’ve almost given up on the local beans, and it’s a shame coz we’re in a tropical country with lots of high mountains and a climate conducive to coffee growing.

As I’ve said, I almost exclusively get my local beans from Serenity Coffee aka Arengga, after a frustrating year of searching for a green coffee supplier. Serenity’s beans are still not at par with the specialty grade beans you get to buy online from shops like Sweet Maria’s and the distributors at GCBC. But if you lower your standards a bit, for the sake of economy on my part, their coffee could be drinkable.

One day Benson of Cebu, about the only one leaving comments (and maybe the only reader, too? Hehe …) in this blog, said that he has tried roasting coffee from Davao del Sur. In the cup, he said he was so disappointed because it tasted like camote! Uh-oh … Told him I had once dropped by Bansalan in Davao del Sur, and I saw lots and lots of green coffee beans, and bought samples that I didn’t like, too.

Then came Louie from Bansalan, a coffee grower somewhere at the foot of Mount Apo in Davao del Sur. Apparently offended by Benson’s comments, he volunteered to send in some samples of his coffees. I insisted on paying, but he won’t let me. As long as I say my honest opinion about my coffee, he said, he’d let me try my coffee.
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Red Sea blend!

Look at what arrived in the mail today! Red Sea blend, coffees from both sides of the Red Sea — Yemen and Ethiopia. My favorite coffees, blended together by Royal Coffee, one of the biggest coffee importers in the US.

The Red Sea blend

The Red Sea blend

Got this, as usual, from one of the distributors at GCBC. 15 lbs worth of coffee goodie, shipped via USPS using its flat-rate box. Since I ordered this just before Christmas, mailing was delayed. Instead of the usual 10-15 days, this one arrived 32 days after it was shipped in the US. Roasted right away. Whoa!!!
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