Feature: Brewed coffee from banaybanay rice
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (20 June) -- Locals of Banaybanay, Davao Oriental now enjoy the newly-discovered coffee-like by-product from toasted Banaybanay Rice.
The municipality may never have enough land for coffee Arabica plantation, but its rice-planted area is vast enough to supply a huge demand.
From supplying high-priced 7-Tonner Rice (IR-64), to producing hybrid rice seeds exported to other countries, this growing town of Davao Oriental is again seen as a potential source of brewed coffee from Banaybanay Rice.
Dubbed as “brewed rice” to acknowledge the raw source of the coffee product is said to be first initiated and produced in the locality.
Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center head Jane Mante shared during the Kapehan sa Banaybanay that “Brewed Rice” is a chemical free health product that has no chemical fragrance, no chemical coloring, and no preservatives.
"First, we only need to toast the properly cleaned Banaybanay Rice and stir regularly until it turns into black color," she said. Grinding it until it reaches its finest texture is the next step and letting it cool afterwards.
One can then enjoy a brewing hot cup of coffee by pouring it into boiling water and letting it boil for five minutes to a ratio of two tablespoons per cup of water.
Mante claimed that the product is expected to boost small-scale rice farmers in the municipality.
A group of farmers in Barangay Cabangcalan are now taking charge of production as they have just received technical assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, SMARRDEC, PCARRD, and OTOP Philippines. (PIA XI) [top]