Baguio proud of own coffee brand

BAGUIO CITY — The Baguio City Farmers Agriculture Cooperative (BCFAC) announced on Sunday that the city now has its own label and brand of coffee dubbed as “Tinapong” Baguio Arabica.

According to BCFAC Board of Directors chairperson Dr. Brigit Piok, the final label and brand was achieved after undergoing sessions of workshops and trainings on product development, branding and labelling in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry-Cordillera (DTI-CAR).

Tinapong’ is an Ibaloy term for brewed coffee.

“Tinapong reminds us that drinking coffee is part of the Igorot or Ibaloy culture, hence, coffee trees have to be planted in our backyards to produce tinapong that we crave for in our daily lives whether working in the farm or doing household chores,” Piok said.

She added that the Ibaloys are the original inhabitants of Baguio City and enjoy drinking tinapong as they start their day.

City Veterininary Agricultural Offive Agriculturist I Vincent Chacapna said the coffee beans are sourced from local coffee growers, numbering around 250, from Irisan, Loakan, Happy Hallow, Camp 7 barangays and other areas.

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