By: Imelda C. Rivero, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur
VIGAN CITY – Baristas and coffee shop owners in the province must use and promote local coffee, an official from the The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.
This was stressed by Grace Lapastora, provincial director of DTI-Ilocos Sur, during the grading of 15 varieties of coffee in this city recently.
“By patronizing our own coffee, the industry could grow,” Lapastora said.
During the orientation, participants learned to understand the process and value of coffee grading and profiling to determine coffee quality. They also learned the factors affecting coffee grade and profile.
At present, there are five well-packaged coffee variants manufactured by the coffee grower groups from the towns of Sigay, Gregorio del Pilar, Suyo, Salcedo, and San Emilio. These are available at local grocery stores in Metro Vigan, Narvacan, and Tagudin.
At the DTI office, local coffee is used by its employees and is also served to its visitors.
“Using the coffee of the province is learning to love brewed coffee which truly gives the best taste of coffee,” Anabelle Polanco, senior trade and industry development specialist of the DTI, also said.
The local coffee of the province is made mostly of robusta from the coffea canephora plant, with low acidity and high bitterness. It is used for instant coffee, espresso, and filler in ground coffee blends.#