Stonepound Coffee green beans are harvested from The Julia Campbell Agro-Forestry Memorial Park (JCAMP), Ifugao, Philippines. The JCAMP, an agroforest and shade grown coffee farm, is a certified conservation area that strictly prohibits all forms of chemical use, hunting, and trapping. A farm-direct agreement with a local co-op allows Stonepound Coffee to bring maximum profits to the farming families.
Stonepound Coffee green coffees are harvested using traditional, native Filipino techniques that have been practiced for centuries in the Northern Cordilleras of Ifugao, Philippines. Each and every bean is hand gathered by local coffee farmers from a single origin 40-hectare agricultural-forest, over six-thousand feet above sea level in its own unique microclimate. The coffee is shade-grown within the forest canopy, allowing the cherries to ripen slowly, promoting mature flavours in the beans. This impact-free growth process prevents erosion of the natural landscape and starkly contrasts the slash and burn plantation practices of field/sun grown coffee.
After harvest, the coffee beans are stone-pounded using large mortars and pestles to separate the cherry skins, before they are solar dried in bamboo trays and manually sifted to remove the inner coffee sheathes. It is after this unique growth and harvesting process that our coffee is then packaged and imported to Canada.