June 20, 2024

The search is on for the best coffee shop in La Trinidad, Benguet as part of the Coffee Festival 2024 from May 7 to 10.

Two awards will be up for grabs during the activity, which are the “La Trinidad coffee shop of the year” and the “most inspiring coffee business”, according to the Municipal Agricultural Office.

Interested participants must be a registered business establishment in the municipality and must post a three to five minutes original video about the coffee shop and/or the coffee business success story.

Participants must also use the hashtags #latrinidadcoffeeshop, #latrinidadcoffeefestival and tag the La Trinidad Coffee Festival Facebook account in their social media post.

Judges will visit the coffee shops prior to the scheduled closing and awarding ceremony on May 24.

This year’s coffee festival will jumpstart on May 7 with an opening program, while on May 8 is the coffee farmers capability building and skills competition that includes battle of the brains, choral competition, traditional coffee roasting and brewing, coffee drinking, coffee bean sorting demonstration.

Also included on the May 8 events are coffee story writing or composition, coffee business story writing, coffee inspired cake competition, coffee art competition, open house singing and concert by the farmers and performers from 5 to 6 p.m.

May 9 will have the coffee and cacao appreciation and education with the activities on mastering the coffee insights and quality assessment, appreciation of cacao through hands-on demo, open house singing and concert from 5 to 6 p.m.

The May 10 events revolve around the coffee/cafe shops day such as the barista demo and competition, latte art throw down, and the open house concert-volunteer performers.

The three-day coffee festival is celebrated in line with the month-long farmers and fisherfolks month from May 7 to 24 with the theme “Magsasaka’t mangingisdang Pilipino, saludo ang buong bansa sa sipag, tibay, at lakas ninyo.”  

Trainings will be provided for farmers and other stakeholders during the event such as the “post-harvest training for fisherfolk” on April 14; training on poultry, dressing, meat cutting, and meat processing from May 15 to 17; and the techno forum and skills demo for cut flower and ornamental plant growers on May 15; orientation and training on May 16 and 17.

There will also be an organic farmer practitioner capability activity on May 20; Rural Improvement Club, 4-H Club and Urban Farmers Day on May 21 and 22; and closing awarding and ceremony on May 24. 

The agri-trade fair will also commence on May 7 to 24.

Also, a free anti-rabies vaccination of pets, deworming and vitamins to first 30 clients; and livestock consultation can be availed by farmer stakeholders for free at the month-long activity. – Ofelia C. Empian