La Mesa Watershed
The La Mesa Watershed Reservation is a protected area that preserves the only major watershed in Metro Manila, Philippines. Also known as the Novaliches Watershed, it contains the last remaining rainforest of its size in Metro Manila surrounding the La Mesa Dam and Reservoir, the primary source of potable drinking water for 12 million residents in the Manila metropolitan area. The area is under the joint administration, supervision and control of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System. It was established in 2007 through Proclamation No. 1336 issued by President Gloria Arroyo.
More about La Mesa Watershed here.
We ethically source honey from colonies of Apis mellifera and Apis dorsata breviligula honeybees. Raw honey sold by Coffeexmead in 1.35L bottles are from our own Apis mellifera colonies in Fairview, Quezon City, and in Barangay Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales.
To retain the nutrients, our honey is raw, unprocessed, and unfiltered. Of course, it will undergo fermentation if we turn it into mead.
We also augment our honey supply from other ethical and local suppliers for our mead production and coffee operations. We do not import honey.
We’re still a work in progress with our own coffee beans. Our Arabica and Liberica coffee plants in our farm at San Antonio, Zambales are still growing and has yet to provide its first harvest.
For the meantime, we are procuring our coffee beans from ethical sources of Arabica and Liberica beans grown locally. We majority make use of Liberica because its properties compliment honey the most.