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The Pioneer of Healthy Living


Gourmet Farms is a wholly owned subsidiary of Escaler & Company Inc., a Manila-based Filipino corporation that provides management consultancy to its own companies and its clients. Headed by visionary entrepreneur, Mr. Ernest de Leon Escaler, GFI has earned prestigious international SGS certification and continues to contribute largely to the responsible and healthy growth of coffee, herbal teas and organic produce in the Philippines today.

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Hopping For a New Beginning: Easter Traditions

In the Christian faith, Easter Sunday is the highest feast of the year. It is during this day that the triumph of Jesus over death is commemorated. In addition to its religious importance, Easter is also a popular secular holiday thanks to its association with the Easter Bunny, colorful decorated eggs and of course, all that candy and chocolates.


The first recorded celebration of Easter was back in the 2nd century but it probably goes back further than that. According to one popular theory, early Christians adopted Easter from a pagan festival celebrating Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. The goddess consorted with a hare, which as the theory goes, is the original inspiration for today’s Easter Bunny. But it appears that little evidence exists to support this story.

 


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So where did the Easter Bunny actually come from? Rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life; two ideas strongly associated with spring and Easter. The connection between rabbits and Easter arose in Protestant Europe in the 17th century and was probably brought to America a century later by German immigrants. The Easter Bunny originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday.


But we bet you didn’t know that the Easter Bunny isn’t the only animal associated with the holiday. In Switzerland, a bird delivers Easter eggs while in different parts of Germany, children wait for the Easter Fox, Easter Chick, Rooster or Stork. Though eggs also symbolize fertility and renewal, they may have become popular in Easter for a more practical reason. For centuries, the Christian church banned eggs, along with other foods during Lent. And it became a special treat to eat them again on Easter.


Decorating eggs is one of the oldest Easter customs. One of history’s most lavish Easter traditions developed in late 19th century Russia when royalty and other members of high society began giving each other jewel encrusted eggs as Easter gifts. The man behind these insanely valuable eggs was the artist, jeweler, goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé, who was commissioned by Czar Alexander III to create jeweled Easter eggs for his wife. But to the kids, Easter won’t be complete without candies and chocolates. In fact, a lot of consumers buy sweets more compared to any other holiday, except for Halloween.


But of course, to make your Easter more complete, dedicate an entire day for reflection and ponder on the things and sacrifices Jesus had to endure for our salvation.

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Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa - Gourmet's uses only the finest coffee beans to create their popular blends. All are freshly ground to ensure nothing but the finest, purest flavors. Deservedly called "pambansang kape!"
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The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary at Gourmet Farms is a sacred space, thoughtfully designed to nurture both the spiritual growth and general wellness of its guests. It is a half hectare exquisitely landscaped compound which is comprised of a guest house, a chapel, a conference center and an outdoor pavilion. Indeed, this is a place for meditation and reflection as well as the appreciation of the beauty of nature.
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Gourmet Chocolate Coffee Beans
Tuesday, July 02 2013

Looking for gourmet desserts shouldn’t be that hard. Just like this very simple recipe that we found. This is a totally new way of enjoying two of our favorites, coffee and chocolates. Warning! This could taste heavenly and be extremely addicting.

 

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Homemade Coffee Fudge
Thursday, June 27 2013

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Admit it. We all like to indulge every once in a while on something soft, sweet and rich. Now, this coffee fudge is something you should definitely try. This could be a simple yet very nice treat for somebody who loves coffee and chocolates. You can enjoy these little munchkins on your own. If you’re feeling generous, share them with friends or put them in some nice packaging as gifts. Follow these very easy steps to create your own dessert. In fact, you can put your own twist to it, like by adding berries or nuts to your concoction!

 
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