Chit Juan

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Young and slow—opposite today’s digital age—mindful of the environment and of what they eat. These are the young ones we recently had the blessing to meet in our Slow Food Manila meeting at Commune Café, another place frequented by the yuppies. Enzo Pinga Known as Farmer Enzo on Instagram, I…

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I had a wonderful time connecting with sustainability advocate Susan Santos de Cardenas in her home city of Lima, Peru on a recent trip for APEC. Susan is a Filipina happily married to Peruvian Ambassador Julio Cardenas who has stayed in Manila, Singapore, and Japan in Asia. He has also…

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I am so happy to finally be part of Haribon. It does not take much. Go to www.haribon.org.ph It’s not just about saving the eagle or Haring Ibon. It’s about going green. Many years ago, my friends and I started a movement called “Live Green.” We were all marketing people…

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“You don’t have to serve good coffee to all your customers. Just to those who you want to see come back.”—Ted Lingle The man is witty with an encyclopedic knowledge of coffee facts and history. He has travelled to many origins (an industry term for coffee-producing areas) like India, Indonesia,…

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Farms now serve many purposes, as farm schools or tourist destinations are just two of them. The latter was what Cathy Turvill and husband Mike did for the Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay. I recently asked Cathy to host our Asean Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) delegates to try out her…

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Did you know that a coffee tree in Vietnam when consciously irrigated can use as much as 400 liters of water per year? That’s what we learned from coffee expert Dr. Dave D’Haeze at our recent meeting with the ASEAN Coffee Federation. However, that can be reduced to 250 liters…

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“Communities with more fish species are more productive and more resilient to rising temperatures and temperature swings, according to a new study.”—Science Daily (www.sciencedaily.com). Yes, going green does not mean just planting trees and living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Even eating the right kind of fish increases biodiversity in the seas…

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Two years ago we, the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI) moved our banner events Coffee Origins and Coffee Summit to Davao City after spending a good 12 years in Greenbelt and Glorietta Malls in Makati City. These twin events made us meet coffee stakeholders at least once a year, and…

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It’s worrisome that even experts can no longer predict the weather for the farmers’ benefit and guidance. When I got the chance to visit Brazil some six years ago and checked out their coffee labs, it was memorable to see how they predict weather conditions. They had charts of rainfall…

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It’s been almost eight years since we opened ECHOstore, the pioneer sustainable lifestyle store in Serendra, Taguig City. I can still hear the friends who came and asked, “Is this concept sustainable?” and “Will you make money?” Other went as far as throwing comments like, “The packaging needs improvement.” Many…

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