San Francisco, California- Reviving the Philippines’ golden years in the coffee industry got a kickstart at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco last 10 May 2013 with a Reception and coffee-tasting event.

Foundation Cafe, a family-owned business of the Sobrepenas located at 335 Kearny Street, spearheaded the event in coordination with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center - Silicon Valley.

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Melissa Sobrepena and children Andie, Martha, Katie, Philip, as well as, Executive Chef Consultant Alex Placencia worked together to not only serve San Francisco with gourmet farm to table breakfast and lunch, but now, also coffee that tastes good and helps develop the Philippine coffee industry and consequently, the community of Filipino coffee farmers.

Privately labeled “Foundation Coffee”, Foundation Cafe’s Philippine Arabica coffee is produced exclusively from the Philippine highlands of Northern Luzon and Mindanao wherein production also opens work opportunities to numerous farmers, most of whom comprise the Philippine indigenous tribes of the Ibaloi, Kankanaey, T’boli and the Talaandig.

Pierre Yves Cote, CEO of Foundation Cafe’s Philippine-based partner, Rocky Mountain Arabica Coffee Company (RMACC) was the keynote speaker at the event

When asked why he targeted the Bay Area community, Pierre, also a promoter of Philippine coffee for nearly 10 years, said that San Franciscans particularly are among America’s most sophisticated coffee drinkers, which the Philippine coffee industry can readily cater.

Philippine Arabica coffee is from premium coffee beans hand-picked from high altitude mountain ranges and processed using green technology to produce coffee that is strictly in compliance with standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).

For information regarding Philippine Coffee, please contact the Philippine Trade and Investment Center-Silicon Valley at (415) 773-2336 & (408) 980-9637 or email us at pdtisf@aol.com and ptic-sv@philippinecentersf.com.