REVIVING THE LEGACY OF CAMISING. 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 sucessor 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, Camising of the Ibalois in what is now the town of Kabayan.
Camising 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. This was one of the reasons we went to Kabayan, this exact purpose. The coffee cultivated by Camising is called Typica, a variety of Coffea Arabica. We are informed that centuries-old Typica coffee treesare thriving in barangays Eddet and Bashoy until now. This is where our stocks come from—we are grateful to have it.
So Rural Rising has locked in the coffee harvest in these two barangays (Eddet and Bashoy) and we shall make the coffee exclusively available to you. Organically-grown, single origin. Exclusive. About 100 kilos. We need only 25 members to buy 4 kilos each to make this happen, pay only P2,200. For that price you shall get 2 kilos ground coffee and 2 kilos coffee beans, 4 kilos total. Delivered to you in a freshly-woven panda-leaf bayong from Luisiana, Laguna on January 9th. If there is one commodity you should stock for yourself, or give to your most valued and beloved as stock, it is this high-quality, single origin, organic coffee. If you are a Founder Member, apply and enjoy 10% discount. So we are hereby launching with great pride Rural Rising’s first Group Buys for 2021, the CAMISING’S LEGACY COFFEE GROUP BUY. Good luck, everyone!
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