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The Philippine 'Islands.
compound of good and bad beans. This is sold to the unfastidious natives at very low prices, but is wholly unfit for European consumption.
indifference of coffee-planters.
Cavit plantersawhether Spaniard or Indianashow an indifference to a dozen details that their competitors in the other provinces named are extremely particular about. They are careless in the selecting of sites for their plantations, which should be on hilly ground ; careless in the choice of the soil, of the seed, in pruning,
district of taal : in the batangas province.
in attention to the ripe fruit ; in detaching the bean from its outer coating ; and, above all, in many places, careless to separate the good beans from the bad. All this is due to the inertness of the planter and to the indolence of his laborers.
And while this continues, the Philippines will never be known as one of the great coffee-producing countries of the world ; though its possibilities in that direction are simply incalculable.
speculation in coffee.
Coffee is a good deal of a speculation in the islands. Collectors drive about paying for crops still ungathered. Moreover, if the largeCoffee is a good deal of a speculation in the islands. Collectors drive about paying for crops still ungathered. Moreover, if the large