5:15 AM — Good thing my daughter woke me up. Otherwise I would have missed the Kape Isla Farm Tour. Time to prepare — me for the tour and Gabby for school.
6:15 AM — I’m out of the front door and it’s locked. Better walk fast and catch a bus ride to Ayala
7:40 AM — Oh no! Monday morning traffic is bad. Texted Ms. Janette Toral that I’m on my way to the Le Bistro Vert and asked whether it’s near McDo. Valero Street is a long street afterall.
7:59 AM — Jay’L, another blogger who’s joining the tour ain’t responding. Got a text from Janette that it’s in Fraser Place. For the life of me, I don’t even know where Fraser Place is. It must be a popular building. Must ask the security guards.
8:18 AM — I’m starting to worry, I think I’m lost. None of the security guards know Le Bistro Vert or Fraser Place… Ooppss… Ms Janette calling…. Where am I? Oh, I’m in….. at front of Fraser Place. Whew!
8:24 AM — Ms. Pacita Juan, co-chair of the Philippine Coffee Board, welcomed the attendees and gave us an idea of what’s going to happen during the day. Last call for a bathroom break. In five minutes, the coaster will be heading south to Cavite. Jay’L arrived at the last minute. All bloggers complete!
Somewhere between 10 and 10:30 — I forgot to note the exact time we arrived in Echo Farms. Suffice to say that it was very refreshing. The sun was smiling brightly at us but the wind is strong enough to keep us cool. Can’t wait to pick my first Romaine lettuce head.
11:24 AM — We’re now here at the National Coffee Research, Development and Extension Center at Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite. The other members of the tour were in awe at the university’s vast expanse. There’s going to be a short presentation on coffee growing in the Philippines by Dr. Andy Mojica, head of NRCDEC before we’re going to have lunch al fresco.
1:36 PM — Lo and behold the Beneficio Amadeo Coffee Mill. Saw some workers bagging vermipost, a kind of organic fertilizer. Mr. Nicolas Matti eloquently explain how coffee is milled using the wet and dry milling processes. I got too close when they started the machines that I’ve got dust and coffee husks on my person. I am starting to smell like coffee.
2:45 PM — Tagaytay!! Finally, some place to cool down (or is it up?). Thank God Refresher’s air conditioning system is working. The signature lemonade they served us also helped everyone to cool down. We still have to visit the coffee roasting facility before we head back to city.
4: 16 PM — We’re on our way back to the city . I want to get some ZZZZs but I doubt that will be the case since I’m high on caffeine. Three cups of the best tasting coffee I’ve ever running through my veins.
This is part of a series of coffee blog posts that will be published in the blog for the entire month of October in celebration of the Philippine Coffee Month.