Our Farmers

YAGAM COFFEE sourced out their green coffee beans from the communities where CGN implemented their agroforestry projects in Benguet and Mt. Province and also in areas which are not organized by any buyers or other companies because of its poor accessibility to the market.

Kibungan, Benguet Province

Elevation of coffee farms: 1400 to 1600m.A.S.L
The general characteristics of the coffee: bright acidity, good body, nutty

Kibungan, officially the Municipality of Kibungan, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Benguet. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 17,292 people.
Many of the residents in Kibungan plants Sayote (Chayote) in the steep slopes in the mountains as main crops for their livelihood. Kibungan is the Cordillera Green Network(CGN)’s first Coffee Agroforestry Project site in 2006-2007. CGN planted around 6,000 arabica coffee seedlings in the Agroforestry system in partnership with the farmers’ association. The Local Government Unit of Kibungan is also supporting and promoting the coffee production and coffee is Kibungan’s OTOP (One Town One Product). Kibungan has Kibungan Arabica Coffee Growers Multipurpose Cooperative at Poblacion. CGN supports the small-scale farmers in other areas of Kibungan to conduct training to improve quality, strengthen the association, and provide materials for planting stocks and post-harvest refining materials.

Kapangan, Benguet Province

Elevation of coffee farms: 1,400m.A.S.L
The general characteristics of the coffee: macovado, orange or calamansi acidity, peanutty

Kapangan, officially the Municipality of Kapangan, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Benguet. (Introduction of Kapangan)
In Kapangan Cordillera Green Network (CGN) has planted 8513 arabica coffee seedlings in 2010, 31,470 Arabica coffee seedlings in 2012-2014, and 7,200 seedlings in 2016. CGN also conducted the quality improvement seminars in 2016,2017 and 2019. CGN also provided post-harvest materials.

Tublay, Benguet Province

Elevation of coffee farms: 1300 to 1400m.A.S.L
The general characteristics of the coffee: sweet, peanut, tart, bit bright acidity, tamarind

Tublay, officially the Municipality of Tublay, is a 5th class municipality in the province of Benguet. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 17,892 people.
The Local Government Unit(LGU) of Tublay set the coffee as OTOP and supports coffee production very much. LGU found the coffee Processing Center at Poblacion and served the coffee.
In Tublay, CGN started the Rehabilitation project of Typhoon Pepeng in 2010 with the support of Japanese NGO, WE21 Japan incorporation with LGU. Since then we have planted more than 65,000 coffee seedlings with farmers in different barangays. CGN also conducted seminars on environment conservation, organic farming, coffee quality improvement, farmers association management, and more.

Photo by Yuya Takahashi

Mankayan, Benguet Province

Elevation of coffee farms: 1500 to 1600m.A.S.L
The general characteristics of the coffee: herby, citrusy, fruity

Mankayan, officially the Municipality of Mankayan, is a 1st class municipality in the province. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 35,953 people.
Manakayan is also known as a mining town, being the location of several mines including the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company.
There are some old coffee plantation in the no-mining communities of Mankayan and it helps the people's livelihood. Also, some farmers nearby mining communities are now interested in using their land for coffee cultivation. Cordillera Green Network (CGN) conducted some seminars on coffee quality from seedling production to harvest and post-harvest refining in 2017. Also, CGN established the nursery for coffee seedlings in Mankayan in 2019 to support expanding their production as an alternative livelihood for farmers.

La Trinidad, Benguet Province

Elevation of coffee farms: 1300 to 1500m.A.S.L
The general characteristics of the coffee: bit acidity, caramel, nutty

La Trinidad, officially the Municipality of La Trinidad is a 1st class municipality and capital of the province of Benguet. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 129,133 people.
The municipality is known for its strawberry plantations.
Aside from backyard coffee plantations, some farmers have a wide coffee plantation in La Trinidad.
La Trinidad has a large vegetable wholesale market. La Trinidad also has coffee shops and markets where farmers can sell coffee. YAGAM COFFEE helps a few coffee farmers from La Trinidad in remote areas trade their good coffee at a proper price.

Barlig, Mountain Province

Elevation of coffee farms: 1300 to 1500m A.S.L.
The general characteristics of the coffee: bright acidity, good body, vegie taste, sweet after taste

Barlig is a 5th class municipality in the province of Mountain Province. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 4,819 people.
Barlig conserves the beautiful tropical rainforest and wildlife.
To protect Barlig's ecosystem and biodiversity, CGN implemented an agroforestry coffee cultivation project in 2012 in the Kadaklan area at the foot of the Mt. Amyao, 3rd highest mountain in the Cordillera, distributing more than 22,000 seedlings to residents.
In 2017, CGN also organized a workshop on post-harvest processing of coffee. One of the farmers also participated in a training tour in East Timor.

Atok, Benguet Province

Elevation of coffee farms: 1300m to 1500m A.S.L.
The general characteristics of the coffee: bright acidity, good body, sweet aftertaste, fruity

Atok, officially the Municipality of Atok, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Benguet. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 19,668 people.
Atok has some communities that have grown a lot of coffee for a long time. Coffee yields are the highest in Benguet Province, and the fragrant coffee produced at the higher altitude. Atok is synonymous with Benguet coffee.
The Coffee Agricultural Cooperative is also active with government support and private coffee companies are also entering the coffee business at Atok.
CGN has supported its marketing for a long time and in 2016, CGN organized a quality improvement workshop in the community with poor support.

Itogon, Benguet Province

Elevation of coffee farms: 1200-1400m.A.S.L
The general characteristics of the coffee: bit acidity, sweet potato, raw sugar

Itogon, officially the Municipality of Itogon, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines.
According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 59,820 people. It is situated in the Southern end part of Benguet.
Its elevation ranges from 700m.A.S.L. in the central part and 2000m.A.S.L. in Mt. Ugo. Itogon used to be premier municipality because of mining.
People here are mostly Ibalois but due to mining works other tribes from Cordillera and in the lowlands flock in the municipality.
When mining corporations closed, others stayed and lives in the community and continued private mining, while others did agricultural works.
Due to the closing of mines, other farmers had time to focus in planting and maintaining coffee, thus, this makes Itogon coffee known in the coffee industry in the Philippines.
In higher elevation they grow Arabica while in lower elevation Robusta are visible.

Sablan, Benguet Province

Elevation of coffee farms: 800-1200m.A.S.L.
The general characteristics of the coffee: nutty, low acidity, good body, sweet

Sablan, officially the Municipality of Sablan, it is a 5th class municipality in the province of Benguet.
According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 11,457 people. It is located in the mid-western tip of Benguet.
It is comprised with Ibalois, Kankanaeys, and Ifugaos. Its elevation is ranging 500 m.A.S.L. in the boundary of Sablan and La union to 1,200 m.A.S.L. in the boundary of La Trinidad and Baguio City.
The general climate is warm which makes it suitable for growing different kinds of fruits. Sablan was coined as the "fruit basket of Benguet".
With the warm climate it can grow 4 kinds of coffee (Arabica, Robusta, Exelsa, and Liberica). The Sablan Arabica coffee plantation emerged during the Spanish time.
They called the coffee as "Spanjol" and when time arrived it was known as the Typica.
During the 80's, the Araneta family introrduce Bourbon and other Arabica cultivars wherein farmers have acquired their new seeds for coffee plantation.