Filipino farmer is a finalist at the 2019 International Cocoa Awards
A Filipino farmer from Davao City has made it to the finals of the prestigious 2019 International Cocoa Awards (ICA) and will compete with 49 other farmers from all over the world during the Salon Du Chocolat in Paris, France in October.
Out of the 223 cacao beans samples from 55 countries, the beans of Jose Saguban, who lives in Kialaw, Malabog in Paquibato District, Davao City, were selected as one of the top 50.
Saguban’s entry was the only one to make the cut out of the five bean samples from the Philippines, a Manila Bulletin report showed.
Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao (CIDAMI) executive director Valente Turtur said five samples — two from Compostela Valley, two from Calinan District, and one from Paquibato District — were sent to Paris last February.
All the bean samples were subjected to physical quality and sensory evaluation from February until June, and flavor sensory evaluation of coca liquor by the Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) technical committee from July to August.
Right now, Saguban supplies beans to Auro Chocolate, maker of fine dark chocolates. The company prepared and sponsored Saguban to join the competition.