Mark your calendars, coffee enthusiasts and connoisseurs!

UPDATE: With the country currently in a State of Public Health Emergency due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, we regret to announce that Manila Coffee Festival 2020 has been postponed until further notice. In line with the official Malacañang and DOH’s advisory, the MCF 2020, with the city government of Manila and The Manila Hotel Management, is taking this step as a precautionary measure of keeping everyone safe. Please hold on to your tickets, as we will keep you posted on the new schedule. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe everyone! The coffee frenzy shall return!

Mornings are dull and incomplete without a cup of coffee. This daily caffeine fix serves as an energizer and refresher to start the day productively. Aside from its addicting aroma, coffee will always be the best companion and motivation—perfect in any weather! The Philippines is one of the few countries that produce the four main viable coffee varieties—arabica, liberica (barako), excelsa, and robusta. 

Now in its second year, the Manila Coffee Festival is set to brew again at the Manila Hotel’s Tent City on March 13 to 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the initiative of a private organization, the Coffee Heritage Project. The three-day lifestyle event aims to unite local coffee growers from different parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and to showcase Philippine coffee as one of the best in the world. The celebration will not only revolve around coffee, but it will also highlight music and arts all together under one roof. Hosted by the City of Manila, led by Mayor Isko Moreno, and presented by the Manila Hotel, this year’s Manila Coffee Festival is a continuation of a tradition carried by its international counterparts—the New York Coffee Festival, London Coffee Festival, and Amsterdam Coffee Festival.

Latte art during MCF 2019. Photo by: Marti Bartolome

Many concerns of Filipino coffee growers will be addressed as well. With their exposure, additional learning, and extra income generated from the festival, the Coffee Heritage Project follows through with its commitment to taking a quality-focused approach in coffee production in the various social, environmental, and cultural contexts. Attendees will get the full MCF experience with 80 booth exhibitors that feature various coffees, allied products, and services including product demos, talks and workshops, eco-friendly products, and MCF Café Music Lounge. 

Students are very much welcome at the festival. Photo by: Marti Bartolome

For the event headliners, there will be a Single Origin Bar where visitors get the opportunity to taste a variety of coffees from different parts of the country presented by growers, roasters, and brewers representing the whole coffee industry value chain. Witness stories through short documentaries that pay tribute to the local coffee growers, farm owners, sorters, seasonal pickers, and others involved in the local coffee industry at Coffee Culture: Humans of Coffee. You can help the coffee farmers affected by the Taal Volcano eruption with a fundraising event called #BEANWOKE that will put a spotlight on the combination of coffee and culture. 

The Manila Coffee Festival believes in the movement of sustainability—referring to the capacity of anything from nature and humans to coexist without the presence of abuse and harm. The Old Manila Eco Market will focus on this endeavor.

An interaction between exhibitors and guests. Photo by: Marti Bartolome

Engage in special activities—while sipping your coffee—such as Enderun Pastry Demo + Auro Chocolates, Ink Brewing and Calligraphy Workshop with Life After Breakfast PH, The Journey to Being a Professional Barista, Monin Latte Art Workshop, Doing Vegan, Green Space: Managing Food Waste, and Singapore’s Better Barista Talk! 

The tickets are at PHP 150 each! They will be sold at the venue and online via ticket2me.net until March 12. For more information, go to their official website. Stay tuned on updates through their Facebook and Instagram

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