Atok, Benguet (12 oz Bag)
Belis sits atop a mountain range in Benguet, Philippines with an elevation of 1400 – 1700
MASL. It is blessed with natural springs that flow all-year round and is home to vegetable and
coffee growers. This community has been cultivating coffee since the end of WWII and while
sayote is their primary crop, they expanded their backyard coffee plantation when buyers came
looking for supply. The individual farmers of the Ibaloi tribe have been processing their coffees
in different ways, with practices that were either passed on from their forefathers or from
farmers who have joined trainings outside the community. There were no set standards and
quality had been inconsistent.
With the creation of the community washing station, farmers and their children were trained
together. In addition, those who have less trees were given the opportunity to earn more by
working in the processing while those who had more trees were given financial aid to hire
pickers so they could harvest more.
Farmers bring fresh picked cherries to the mill every day and are immediately processed as
honey or washed coffees. The honey processed coffees are pulped and dry-fermented for 24-
48 hours before they are placed on raised drying beds. Washed coffees go through wet
fermentation for 36-48 hrs. They are washed multiple times in order to completely remove the
mucilage and are then left to dry on raised drying beds. This year, with typhoons and monsoon
rains during harvest, more time was required for drying. Most coffees took 4-6 weeks to dry.
The coffees are then kept in grainpro bags and rest for 4-6 weeks before they’re hulled and
Process: Washed, Honey, and Natural Processed
Best Roast: Full City (Medium Roast)
Flavor Notes: Vanilla and sweet floral aroma with a hint of dried fruit, cacao-nibs, cardamom
The natural coffees have a distinct sweetness with notes of strawberries, lime, and a thick syrupy mouthfeel
Our 12 oz bags are special ordered to sport a one-way valve to maintain maximum freshness! Removing as much air as possible from the bag will extend your coffee's shelf-life and preserve flavor.