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Home ground coffee
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Copyright: Raul Boncan Jr (voyagenation) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 63 W: 30 N: 190] (2105)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-02-04
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70mm AF-S DX f/3
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-23 9:26
Viewed: 1912
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Halfway Inn's Jojo Manonggit, grows and processes their own coffee for their own use and enjoyment. Its aromatic and not too bitter.

Here's more information on Philippine Coffee:

250 years ago, Spanish friars brought coffee over to the Philippines, turning much of the country's highlands into coffee farms. After about 150 years of getting rich on the world's addiction to caffeine, a blight hit the country. "Coffee Rust" as the infestation was called, wiped out many of the Philippine coffee farms. Seeing we were unable to keep up with the world demand, the Latin American countries saw the opportunity and took over - Brazil in particular.

Today, only two countries hold sway over the world's coffee prices: the United States, who is the top buyer; and Brazil, who is the top producer, supplying 30 %of the world's demand. What happens in Brazil determines what happens to coffee trading prices around the world. If not for some unfortunate twist of nature, that power could have belonged to the Philippines.
The blight, however, was not the end of our coffee glory days. As soon as our coffee farms got back on their feet, we moved back into being one of the world's top producers. Up until 1986, the Philippines was earning at least US$150 million a year in coffee exports. Coffee had always been one of our biggest dollar earners -- up until 10 years ago.
Today, we make only around US$500,000 a year from coffee and only 10% of our yearly harvest is exported. The fact that our coffee production has dropped is odd considering the local demand for coffee increases by 3% each year. The local demand for the year 2000 was 60 million kilograms. Production, however, was a mere 45 million kilograms.

Barlig, Mountain Province

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Thats a lot of action for a single frame Raul. But you've doen well to capture it all so nicely. I like the b/w treatment as it adds value, good lights and lovely textures all arund. Good pov and perspective make it better. Nice work. very nice composition.

Hi Raul,
Dynamic pic with good b&w treatment.

I had my taste of mountain province coffee as a christmas gift from a friend. It has a very distinct taste, its heavenly aroma wafts the entire house whenever i brew. Too bad, coffee jar's empty already. The brand was "Benguet Gold". THE BEST!


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  • peetol Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 51 N: 694] (5745)
  • [2007-02-26 18:30]

Nicely done composition, idol! Well done on the conversion as well and very informative note a well. TEE-EF-ES

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