Can’t Get Enough Coffee: Coffee Production in the Philippines


Coffee is growing even more famous in this present fast-tracked society. Filipinos particularly are already drinking coffee in greater number of cups than before. Given the trending “coffee –craze”, the coffee industry is not indifferent to the people’s demand for more amounts and more quality of coffee. The Philippines is home to the four classified commercially-known types of coffee. These are Arabica, Liberica, Robusta, and Excelsa. Each type has its own characteristic appearance and taste.

An average Filipino usually put into notion that most production of coffee is in North Luzon, particularly in Ifugao and even in Cavite which was herald as the “Coffee Capital of the Philippines”. However, it turns out from the given data of the year of 2010; the region of Socsargen and the other parts of Mindanao has the most production of coffee to date.

Data on this was taken from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Philippines. Performing choropleth and proportional density methods in ArcGIS, determines the province with the least and most coffee production and the region with the least and most production of the four types of coffee in the country in terms of volume and measured in metric tons. Instead of displaying the volume of production of the four types of coffee in each province, it was not included because it will crowd the map and thus create confusion to the map reader, it is shown in the data that most provinces with less coffee production reflects very low values when divided to the four types of coffee thus making it quite insignificant, and it is to highlight only the main regions with the most volume of production for these four types of coffee. The mapmaker used coffee beans representing the proportional density of the four types of coffee and arranged them in a way that its position will be uniform and hence making it easier to comprehend such that the coffee beans that are too small will not be misread. Aesthetically, the map design welcomes soft monotonous colours that soothes but at the same time does not disregard the highlight of important details.

The map provides not only for coffee-lovers but also for the interested general public to appreciate the volume of coffee production all over the country. This map will also help coffee industries learn the most volume of coffee production; thus, the encouragement of possible support for that region and province in its production of coffee.  Overall, this map may be utilized for the government, for business, and even for those who are just fond of coffee.

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