After more than ten years of working as a chemist abroad, Gina Mangalindan returned to her roots – coffee farming. Starting with her three-hectare mountainous land in Brgy. Tala, Orani, Bataan. Mangalindan hopes to revive coffee production in her province one farm at a time.
“Orani’s landscape is very conducive to planting coffee,” says Mangalindan who has been supplying Nescafe with green coffee beans (GCB) for a decade now and has likewise adopted practices from many of the company’s coffee farming programs.
She adds that like the Cordilleras, her barangay gets a steady supply of mountain spring water courtesy of micro waterfalls in the area.
“If Cavite has Taal Lake that brings the cool breeze, we have the South China Sea. On top of that, we are in the buffer zone of Bataan National Park so we are assured of protection for whatever we plant here,” Mangalindan stresses.