Sagada Arabica Coffee
Arabica coffee was introduced to Sagada in the late 1900s as the locals didn’t have much prior contact with the Spanish government not until the late 1850s. The coffee trees then said were spread to the northern areas by a Japanese immigrant who worked for the American missionaries in the village of Fidelisan.
Today, it is still rare to find Sagada arabica. Most of its production is only in the municipalities of Besao and Sagada in the Mount Province, mainly in the backyard and small-scale farms of the Sagada natives since the early 1900s, with some of its beans coming from century-old coffee trees.