You might wonder what kept me alive during the Negros Trade Fair. For that week, I have not been feeling well and actually having a headache but thanks to the kind people of Fresh Start Organics and their cup of brewed coffee. Being a coffee lover, coffee booths in Trade Fairs attract my attention. The week before that Trade Fair, I intoxicated myself with the five different kinds of coffee from the OTOP Trade Fair so might as well try this one “gikan sa amun sa Negros”. I had the choice of trying out this Mt. Kanlaon blend which was a mix of the choice Arabica and Robusta beans. Every Negrénse might well be a coffee lover since the old days of Bacólod. The aroma reminds me of the old coffee shops in the “kilid-kilid sang dalan” or side-street cafés dotting the landscape of morning Bacólod City but don’t get me wrong, this is not your average coffee. A half cup of Mt. Kanlaon Coffee Blend is already enough to keep you alive practically the whole day. I was able to talk to the booth manager and she able to share that 60% of the blend is arabica and the rest is robusta. The two can be differentiated by their bean sizes with Arabica the bigger one while the smaller but caffeine packed robusta is the smaller one. My cup of coffee was made milder only by my pack of muscovado sugar. Yes, muscovado sugar is a potent sweetener when it comes to your strong coffee blends. Mind you, no creamer or milk on this, just your Mt. Kanlaon Coffee Blend and your humble muscovado.
Apart from the Mt. Kanlaon Coffee Blend, you also have the Negrénse blend which is 100% Robusta Beans which means a strong blend for your morning cup. Because of the Province’s campaign on organic farming, all these beans are grown organic using organic fertilizers in a farm in the highlands of Silay City, Negros Occidental. These coffee blends are one of the best around since they grew in good climate. The highlands of Negros Occidental are one of the optimal places to grow good coffee. Fresh Start’s farm is overlooking the majestic mountains of Mt. Mandalagan, Mt. Silay and Mt. Kanlaon. This perhaps is one good example of Negrénse culinary that is definitely organic and characteristically best-tasting. I stayed by Fresh Start until the Trade Fair officially closed at 9pm for my final cup of coffee and to enjoy some bread and jam with them.
Not to mention, Fresh Start also has a selection of good fruit and root crop jams ranging from the selection of calamansi, passionfruit, yacon, purple yam, sweet potatoes, mango and many more fruits organically grown in their farm. The jams are best served with organic bread slices made from the usual wheat to carrots and sweet potatoes. Apart from the tasty jams, I also saw and bought bottle batwan, a fruit famous in the province as the ultimate souring agents in our various cuisines like cansi, sinigang and a lot more food that requires souring. Not only do they sell organic food, they also have a beauty and personal care line of products that are certified natural and again, organic. Kitchen cleaners are also available made from natural ingredients that will keep your home clean but environmentally-friendly. Fortunately, Fresh Start will participate in another Trade Fair the following week at the World Trade Center Manila.If you want to check on their products, do visit their website at http://www.freshstartorganic.com or call them for products orders at (034) 441-1490.