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Bo's Coffee sell Philippine beans and grind also. Not quite sure but maybe also Robinsons sell beans if one is in your area. I happen to have 3 or 4 kilos of Italian beans, and have stopped drinking coffee.......

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I am looking for sources to buy ground coffee or coffee beans in the Philippines. I really don't like instant. Can anyone give me advice about where in Ilocos Sur to buy coffee or how to order it online? I'd rather not send over coffee by balikayan box. Thanks
I’m afraid I’m addicted to good coffee as much as I am to quality breads, so I’ve spent considerable time sourcing both here in the Philippines. I posted a reply to another query about 2 years ago under the heading ‘Foods Available’ and I talked a little bit about coffee under section #7 of the original thread. You can find it at the following link: https://www.expatforum.com/expats/ph...l#post10993658
Since writing that post, I’ve managed to source excellent coffee beans here in the Ph. On the matter of bringing coffee in a Balakbayan box, FYI, it’s illegal to import coffee into the Ph., without a licence.

The good news is that coffee beans are much more readily available in the Ph now than they were 2 years ago. Most supermarkets stock them. However, one of the problems is quality. Barako beans are readily available but I’m afraid they do nothing for my palate, subjective of course. I find the biggest problem though is that producers only put an expiry date on their packets; they do not say when the coffee was roasted, which is key. As many will know, coffee is at its best within 3 weeks of roasting; after that, it starts to deteriorate. I’m not suggesting for a moment that one wouldn’t drink coffee beans that are older that 3 weeks; that would be impractical for the majority of us, but you get the gist. The sooner you drink your coffee after roasting (with the exception of the first 3 days as the coffee needs that time to develop), the better tasting your choice of coffee will be. If you can grind your own beans, that will help retain the flavours for longer. We prefer 100% Arabica, most of the beans available in supermarkets here are of the Robusta variety or a combination of Robusta/ Arabica.

As you have requested where to source coffee beans, I believe it is within the forum rules to provide the names of specific companies. Other members have suggested trying the well-known high street coffee shops and whilst some of them provide excellent beans, their prices have become too outrageous for me.

Conlins is a major supplier of coffee here in the Ph and they have an online subsidiary called ‘The Coffee Laboratory’ https://mycoffeelab.com/coffee/artisans

The main Conlin's website is as follows: Bluenotes | Conlins Coffee

Eco Life is a much smaller supplier who only deals in local coffees. To my knowledge they do not have a website but are on Facebook and I can provide direct telephone numbers if you want. They are also based in the Manila area.

I have built up a good relationship with my contact at Conlins and order beans direct from them. It makes no difference where you live; they use Xend to courier their product. Conlins know that I only want coffee that has been freshly roasted, so they won’t send me coffee more than a week old, otherwise the whole exercise would be pointless as I can buy their products from the local supermarket (without a ‘when produced date’); freshness is the key. I also find it cheaper to buy certain Arabica beans from Conlins in their unroasted form i.e. green beans, which are substantially cheaper and can be stored for much longer. With the green beans, I can take them to the local Eco Life Coffee shop as and when required and they will freshly roast them for a fee of Php100 per kilo. Despite the cost of shipping and roasting, this method is still cost effective, but more importantly, provides the freshness that I’m looking for. I have to say that the quality of these freshly roasted Arabic beans is excellent and some of the best I’ve ever come across. The only negative about Eko Life is that they use a locally made Roaster and under the terms of their contract, are only permitted to roast locally produced coffee. They will not, therefore, roast green beans such as Colombia, Ethiopia and Kenya etc. All in all though, I’m very satisfied with the products coming from both Conlins and Eko Life.

One final word, if purchasing coffee from Conlins/ The Coffee Laboratory, the Artisans brand refers to mixed coffees and Robusta’s etc., their Bluenotes brand covers 100% Arabica.

I feel I may have veered off track a little so to get to the nub of your question, yes, you can source a good choice of quality coffee here in the Ph, whether that be green or roasted beans, or simply ground coffee. If you're not too fussy about when the beans were roasted, you’ll find beans and ground coffee at most of the larger supermarkets here in the Ph. If it's freshness and choice you're after, I recommend buying online as the way to go. Welcome to the forum by the way.
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Supermarkets are hit and miss as mentioned but I have found whole beans at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Bo's.

Expensive, usually twice the cost of a store brand in a supermarket and not really much better.


Mandaulyong has several coffee roasting places where the bean is processed, you could try there for bulk buys. Don't remember the name of it but one just behind SM Light on EDSA near Boni MRT station.

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When in Rome......at one time Philippines was a leading world producer of coffee(if memory serves me right)...until a blight. Many plantations were around Lipa ........Honestly I don't see any progression,it(the country) just stays the same.


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Father in law has about 100 coffee plants on our property in Mindanao, he just harvested the first batch and roasted the beans, I will let you know in April, he stated the actual care and feeding was minimal. perhaps easy enough to grow that may be an option.

I'm looking forward to the experience
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Thanks, my sister-in-law is in the Philippines now, and I will ask her if she knows of this brand.
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Thank you! I have it bookmarked now.

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Thanks, my sister-in-law is in the Philippines now, and I will ask her if she knows of this brand.
Sounds good Gbb and I'm sure the sister-in-law will be able to find you some in your region and if not try calling it Barako coffee (watch out they sell instant) that's what real coffee is known as, sort of a nickname for tough like the Barako 175 cc Suzuki motorcycle, I've found that the citizen and this might be another thread to start, but bottom line is they use different names for products and items.

The only person in my neighborhood that drinks Barako or real coffee is my sister-in-law and it's because her daughter sends the cans in a Balikbayan box from Canada pretty much everyone else drinks that instant stuff.

The good news is that you will only be staying 6 months at a time if I'm not mistaken from another posting and back to the US, so you get the best of both worlds.
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