2012 good prospects for coffee business in Davao City

January 6, 2012 11:47 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 6 – A Davao-based coffee shop owner is optimistic of business this year as the number of coffee lovers continue to grow over the years with an increasing number of the younger markets.

Gatchi Gatchalian, Blugre owner, said although there are other internationally known coffee shops that already entered the Davao market, they saw this as a friendly competition that motivates them to do more.

"Their presence is a challenge," he said.

Blugre Coffee which opened in 1998 here serves the famous Durian coffee as well as other flavors like espresso, cafe latte, mocha, cappuccino and specialty breads, cakes and pastries like Banana Cream Pie, Choco Dome, Oatmeal Fudge Bar, and Choco Torte among others.

Gatchalian said they will continue to expand their reach and Blugre will have nine branches within the year by opening an additional four branches in Davao City, Makilala, Kidapawan and Laguna.

The total number of cups they sell in a day in their five branches is 1,000, he said.

Gatchalian said they are sourcing their coffee beans among local farmers as their way of helping them.

The need for coffee beans is high and they source out their raw materials from as far as Mountain Province.

"But we are bullish of the fact that the coffee industry is growing as more people love our coffee," he said.

Gatchalian added they are eyeing and already exploring international markets such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. (PNA) LAP/LAM/ldp/Digna D. Banzon

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