Wake me up: Coffee plantation in Lammin

Lammin Arabica Nursery

In northeastern Ilocos Norte, a former mining village in the craggy Cordillera Mountains has begun planting quality arabica coffee to sell to the market.

Arabica

Last year, we heard stories about Rocky Mountain Arabica Coffee Co.’s intention of partnering with IP farmers in the towns of Piddig and Carasi. (Finally) yesterday, a group of friends and I were able to arrive in Lammin, about 900m asl. The precarious trail was parching. A sprinkling of pine trees provided shade to the coffee plants. We also went farther down to the nursery. Manong Danny, our Igorot guide says, they will have to wait two years for the initial harvest.

Nurturing CoffeeArabicaPine RoadArabicaArabica CoffeeLammin DogFloretLand Cruiser BJ40 and Series 75 Troop CarrierEastern Ilocos NorteThe imposing view of the terrain.Piddig, Ilocos NorteEastern Ilocos NorteEastern Ilocos NorteRocky Mountains of PiddigRough RideLammin

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Offroad Trailing in Piddig

Land Cruiser

Our old Land Cruiser took us to dream destinations. I look forward to the time my husband brings back the enthusiasm he had for driving and putting together all the junk he has accumulated over the years. Well, he likes the backseat these days. With some friends, we journeyed to Piddig in the eastern part of Ilocos Norte, hoping to visit a coffee plantation, but the landslides were severe. I hope it’s not from mining in previous years that is causing the deterioration. Responsible mining is a mere marketing ploy.

FisherwomanPiddig Water-Impounding DamRiver Crossing
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