I travelled to Auntie Ashtrine’s farm by way of a yellow-painted jeepney. It crawled up the asphalt ribbon that wrapped itself around the mountains of Baguio. Through the slit of a window across from me, an ocean of blue skies and green leaves spilled in every direction, an antithesis to the grit and bustle of Metro Manila. We were on our way to check up on the blueprint of the washing station, the focus of Kalsada’s Kickstarter campaign. It was my first time visiting the communities and farmers behind the coffee, and I couldn’t have been more exhilarated.
If you’re in Seattle this week, we hope you’ll join us at a special cupping event of the latest coffee from our farmer partners. We’ll be at Plank & Grain Furniture Co. in the Chinatown-International District this Friday evening. See you there!
Evan Gilman, a Kalsada contributor, is a coffee professional from Seattle, Washington who has been in the industry for more than 12 years. His recent travels have brought him to Southeast Asia to gain first hand knowledge of coffee processing in Indonesia, obtain Q Grader certification, and tour with Berkeley, California’s Gamelan Sekar Jaya. Currently, he also writes articles for Sprudge, and assists Kalsada with quality control and traceability.
We asked Evan to write about his first experiences with Kalsada.
Il y a un mois, j’ai été chargé de construire un brew-bar pour le pop-up de Kalsada à l’ambassade États-uniennes. Une mission assez simple en apparence qui se complique tout de suite dans le contexte des philippines.
(About a month ago, I was put in charge of building a brew bar for Kalsada pop-up at the US Embassy. What seemed like a simple task turned out to be much more complicated in the Philippines context.)