Coffee BeansThe Philippines is one of the few countries that produces the four species of coffee: Arabica, Liberica (Barako), Excelsa and Robusta. Climatic and soil conditions in the Philippines - from the lowland to mountain regions - make the country suitable for all four species. At Commune, we take pride in using only high quality beans, sourced directly from farmers, in various coffee-growing areas in the country like Benguet, Sagada, South Cotobato, Kapatagan and Bukidnon.
Single origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin -- a single farm, or a specific collection of beans from a single country. Unlike blends, single origin coffee usually has unique flavors and nuances that reflect the origin of the beans. Ask our barista to know which single-origin beans are available.
Originating in the highlands of Ethiopia, Arabica is the finest quality of coffee bean that makes up about 80% of the world’s coffee production. Arabica coffee has floral, fruity, citrus, earthy, buttery, chocolate, caramel, honey, or sugar notes, depending on origin. In the Philippines, Arabica is grown in Benguet, Kalinga, Cotabato, Davao, and Sagada.
The fruit (“cherry”) of the coffee plant contains two seeds (“beans”) that develop with flattened facing sides. These round-shaped coffee beans are called “peaberries.”
Robusta originated in central and western sub-Saharan Africa and thrives on lowlands like Cavite, Bulacan, and Mindoro. It has almost double the amount of caffeine, giving it a sharper flavor and a burnt or woody aftertaste. However, Robusta has more antioxidants and has a lower acidity compared to other coffees.
Commune’s own blend of coffee, the Commune blend, is a blend of Arabica beans (which give flavor and aroma) and a bit of Robusta (for the caffeinated kick).