COFFEE INFLUENSER. Suzanne Burgos Mondonedo posted some coffee pictures on a cold rainy morning. Nakaka-enganyo. She’s influenced us to offer COMISING COFFEE again (I think we have one or two full sacks left in Calle Uno) and to contact Brgy. Buneg, Pozorrubio, Pangasinan again for more of their SINAKOB (hardened molasses).
Two sacks of coffee is 50 kilos, so we have enough for 50 members. Delivery will be on the next truck from Baguio (Friday next week. It’s worth the wait!)
GROUP BUY: COMISING COFFEE (whole beans, medium roast) and 2 pieces of Sinakob (1 pair), pay only P799. (Priced down from P899, we are happy for more members to be able to enjoy this.)
Back read the story:
REVIVING THE LEGACY OF COMISING. History records show that coffee was first introduced to Benguet by the Spanish military governor Manuel Scheidnegal y Sera. He distributed coffee seeds to the different Igorot tribes and his successor issued an edict forcing them to establish coffee plantations in their ancestral domains. The proud tribal leaders opposed this—killing the coffee plants by uprooting the stalks and pouring boiling water on the root system—with the exception of one, Comising of the Ibalois in what is now the town of Kabayan. Comising was not only an exceptionally brave leader—the many scars on his body a testament to many hard-fought battles against busoles (head-hunters) of the north—but he was also exceptionally wealthy. He owned many herds of cattle, packs of horses, and large sementeras of rice. After many visits to the capital of Manila, a very difficult trip for a mountain Igorot to make, he recognized how the new produce that was being forced upon his people would be valuable to their economic survival. If you would plant this coffee on the land, he promised his people, he would buy it all and deal with the Spaniards himself. And so this is how it came to pass that Kabayan, by 1902, became the major source of coffee exported to mainland Spain through the Tabacalera Company. Fast forward to the modern day, Kabayan has fallen far on the wayside in coffee production, overtaken by Atok, Itogon, La Trinidad, Kibungan and Tublay. We shall not speculate how this happened but suffice to say that one of Rural Rising’s goals in 2021 is to bring back Kabayan-grown coffee to its former glory. Organically-grown, single origin. Exclusive.
This effort also helps the Sinakob makers of Brgy. Buneg, Pozorrubio, Pangasinan.
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