How It All Began…
Silca Coffee Roasting Company, Inc. was founded by Enrile M. Asuncion in 1996, under the name “Jamica” – short for “Jackie, Michael, and Carolyn,” his three children. Enrile’s background in coffee dates back to the 1970’s, when he and wife, Evelyn, began exporting Philippine coffee worldwide, under the name Evrile Enterprises, which grew to be one of the largest coffee exporters in the Philippines. In 1983 the couple founded Silca Trading in Bellevue, Washington, just outside of Seattle, importing the finest coffees from all over the world.
Homesick, the couple decided to come back to the Philippines in the 1990’s where Enrile began roasting. After extensive practice and travel to seek out mentors in roasting, Enrile imported a state of the art roaster from Germany and began sharing his craft. Business was booming, but life took Enrile for a turn – he suffered a heart attack in 2008. It was at this time that his son Michael, decided to leave his career as an investment banker in Hong Kong, and help his father with the business.
In 2010, Michael changed the name to Silca Coffee Roasting Company, in honor of the town, Silang, Cavite, where the family has its roots, and where the facility is located. Armed with Enrile’s expertise, charisma and passion, and Michael’s analytic approach, the two made a great team. In 2012, Enrile was diagnosed with colon cancer, which instilled a fighting spiriting in the two, and drove them to take the company to new heights. In that time, daughters Jaclyn and Carolyn moved home. Enrile passed away in 2014, leaving behind a lasting legacy as a dedicated family man and savvy businessman. Silca Coffee is a homegrown business, proudly Filipino, from our family to yours.