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.
VARYING DEGREE OF COFFEE ROASTS
Roasting coffee beans is a methodical process that greatly affects the quality of the drink. Depending on the desired characteristics, beans are roasted in different grades to create varied tastes, body, and acidity.
Light roast beans are light brown in color with no oily shine on the surface. They retain their caffeine more and their characteristic flavors. They taste grainy and are more acidic than deeper roasts.
Coffee beans pop and crack at about 205°C. This is a threshold mark called the “first crack.” Light roast beans are roasted just before the first crack.
Medium roast is medium brown in color, still with no oil on the surface. They are still acidic but with less pronounced acidity. There is a more balanced, flavor, aroma, and acidity but with less caffeine.
Medium roasting is from the beginning of the first crack (210°C) until just before the second crack (220°C).
Medium dark roast is darker brown in color. Oil may be noticeable in the surface. Although the balance is no longer there with the body becoming more pronounced, the characteristic flavors and aromas become more evident here. There is also the hint of spiciness in the taste.
The beans are dark brown to almost black. The surface of the bean shows an oily shine. There is considerably less caffeine, the taste is tarry or burnt, and the body is thin. Roasting is up to 250°C
Gourmet's CoffeeArabica, 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!"
The SanctuaryThe 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.