Bo’s Coffee is celebrating Women’s Month throughout March
The Filipinos’ love for the commodity will see better days with women at the helm. Extending support services to farmers to amp up best practices in crop production up to year 2025 is none other than Agriculture Usec. Evelyn Laviña.
Bo’s Coffee, the Philippines’ homegrown brew, rallies behind this program not only to continue its partnerships with coffee farming communities but also take the opportunity to advocate for women working in the complex coffee industry.
“When we started hiring people to work in our mills in 2015, there was a difference in wages between men & women,” says Tere Domine, Kalsada Coffee’s Country Director, one of Bo’s Coffee’s partner coffee communities, “We changed that unfair practice and set the wages equal for both.”
Since November, the team of Kalsada Coffee has been harvesting the season’s bounty of its single origin 100% Arabica Caliking Beans from the rich landscape of Sitio Kisbong in Atok, Benguet.
“Swerte pa rin kami dito kasi may mga partnerships na tumutulong sa amin. Mayroon kaming bagong drying facility so may peace of mind na din kami kahit dumating pa ang bagyo,” tells Margie Garcia, a 30-year veteran in Philippine coffee farming, “Tayo din mga babae ang motto natin talaga, when we do our best, we believe that God will do the rest. Kaya binibigay din natin ang best natin sa pagtaguyod sa coffee farming dito sa atin!”
The new drying facility made possible by the partnership with Bo’s Coffee and Kalsada Coffee will not just help elevate the quality of coffee but will also give our farmers peace of mind during the rainy season.
“We always get excited partnering with organizations and social enterprises especially women-led coffee traders and farmers who have never let workplace bias get in the way of helping coffee farm communities thrive. Their resilience & passion have helped the Philippine coffee industry produce some of the world's best coffee products because they, too, believe that the best brews from home are those planted with passion,” shares Rachel B. Fallarme, Bo’s Coffee’s Chief Operating Officer.
Bo’s Coffee puts the spotlight on Philippine Coffee and prides itself of flavor profiles found in Philippine highlands. Beans are sourced from the mountains of Sagada, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Matutum, Mt. Apo, and of course, Benguet where Caliking Beans will be wrapping up its harvest by the women-led team of Kalsada Coffee.