Coffee farmer Jolan Lamoste painstakingly sorts sacks of first pick green coffee beans (GCB) for defects before selling them to Nestlé, the makers of NESCAFÉ. Lamoste has a good reputation to protect—his father was a longtime supplier of Nestlé. He not only inherited his parents’ livelihood, but also their sense of pride in delivering the best produce their lands can yield.
Lamoste, who hails from Laac, Compostela Valley, inherited his coffee growing business from his parents, Maximo and Gina. His parents, in fact, were given the honor of becoming ceremonial coffee farmer ambassadors in 2006, when the Nestlé Satellite Buying Station in Davao City celebrated its twentieth anniversary.
After 20 years of coffee farming and trading, Lamoste knows that the reward he gets from ensuring the high quality of his product is worth the work. He always resists the temptation to quickly sell his dried and de-hulled first harvest coffee to the Nestlé Satellite Buying Station in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.
“Nestlé Buying Stations have very high standards that are strictly implemented. My parents never dared sell substandard coffee beans, and I don’t either,” says Lamoste.
Lamoste is helped in the sorting process by no less than his mother, Gina. Through a homemade plastic screen-and-wood framed contraption, they separate the small, broken, and immature beans from the good ones. Their experienced hands also pick out the rest of the debris—pebbles, corns, rice, etc.
After two decades farming and trading coffee, Lamoste knows there is no shortcut to good, quality coffee. “Selling only the best coffee beans not only assures that only good coffee will be brewed and consumed, it also preserves my parents’ legacy and reputation,” he explains.
Help Jolan Lamoste and other Filipino farmers harvest their future by bringing home a jar of the 2010 Special Limited Edition NESCAFÉ Classic First Pick.
Look for the unique code at the back of the jar and log on to www.nescafe.com.ph/firstpick. Key in the code to learn more about the journey of your coffee and to adopt a coffee seedling that will benefit a local coffee farming community. To know more about NESCAFÉ Classic First Pick, call the Nestlé Care Hotline at 898-0061.