Chit Juan

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I HAVE not been to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual show for about 15 years now. Since I got into coffee franchising, and eventually concentrating instead on coffee production as an advocacy, I left the “third wave” coffee culture to the younger generation, and sat content with…

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To forage is to conduct a wide search usually in the wild and I know just the man who does this—Nicolo Aberasturi. Being the gentleman farmer we always look up to for new discoveries, I intently listened to his talk at Madrid Fusion Manila 2016 on “Ark of Taste.” The…

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“What cannot be identified cannot be preserved.” – Carlo Petrini, Slow Food founder It was a dream that became reality. Meeting Carlo Petrini in the flesh during Slow Food Korea and spending the most precious half hour with the man who founded Slow Food (www.slowfood.com) is an experience for my…

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It’s the time for Madrid Fusion Manila again this April 7 to 9 at the SMX Convention center. And once again, we at Slow Food Philippines are fortunate to be included in the Department of Agriculture’s stand just like last year. At Madrid Fusion Manila we meet the chefs and…

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I was just thinking of the onset of summer and about the same time my farm manager tells me our water pump is down. Yesterday, I made sure I drank more than the usual amount of water and topped it off with buko juice for good measure. Truly, it is…

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In the continuing celebration of Women’s Month, let me share with you further the achievements of women involved in planting coffee in the region. One of the easiest ways to convince people to plant trees is to plant coffee. Coffee also grows best under the shade of taller forest trees…

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The biennial Slow Food Terra Madre held every September in Turin, Italy will be unique this year. It will be done outdoors instead of being housed at the usual covered venue of Lingotto. Chefs, farmers and other Slow Food advocates are enjoined to make travel plans through the local convivia…

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In lieu of the Women’s Month, we celebrate in today’s column women in farming: coffee, cacao, coconut, organic vegetables and even urban gardening. These women feed us with our daily needs and even our indulgent pleasures like chocolates, specialty coffee, coconut syrup and precious culinary herbs, too. Though I have…

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KNOWING that our farmers almost always belong to cooperatives, I was honored to accept an invitation from the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and the Kooperatiba Naton of Tigbauan, Iloilo to speak at the First Cooperative Sustainable Agricultural Summit. While you may only have 200 co-op leaders in the audience, each…

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“There are 11.8 million farm workers,” shares Sen. Cyn¬thia Villar, head of the Committee on Agriculture in the Senate. “But most of them need help in basic financial management and technology.” The senator said this in our recent conversation from which I learned a whole lot about agriculture innovations and…

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