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Gourmet Farms: Bringing out the best in Philippine coffee


For more than 30 years, Gourmet Farms has been known as one of the top coffee brands in the country. Its founder Ernest Escaler started as a coffee trader in the 1970s and is recognized as one of the coffee icons in the Philippines. Aside from coffee, it has also branched out into offering herbal teas, green salads, and dressings—a whole gamut of healthy items perfect for wellness-conscious consumers.

Tucked in the breezy municipality of Silang, Cavite is a farm that houses plots of lettuces and other greens, a restaurant, and a roasting facility where the magic happens for Gourmet Farms’ delicious coffee.

“We are the first commercial roastery in the country. Roasting is very important to us. The beans, the nuances of those beans are important, but the roasting as well. That’s how we began in coffee,” says Ginny De Villa, Gourmet Farms’ Sales and Marketing Director. For Gourmet Farms, the secret to bringing out the best coffee flavor is its roasting.

Gourmet Farms takes its coffee seriously, and coffee experts have certified their exceptional quality. In fact, its two variants, the Apo and the Atok from its Kapelipinas line, are seeded as two of the best single-origin coffees in the world at the Philippine Coffee Quality Competition and recognized by the Specialty Coffee Association.

Amid this recognition, Gourmet Farms continues to develop different products for consumers with different tastes. In 2015, they partnered with Kultura so that their products could become more accessible to a wider market.

“If we want to say that we are at par with the world’s best, what better way to say it than be with a store which embodies the same philosophy of showing the Philippines’ best? Kultura is the best venue to showcase Philippine coffee,” Ginny says.

Gourmet Farms Coffee products are available in Kultura stores located inside SM Malls. You may also order Gourmet Farms Coffee and other uniquely Filipino products online at www.kulturafilipino.com launching soon. 

Kultura is a specialty store of SM Retail that offers all things uniquely Filipino—from food, beauty and wellness products to fashion, home decor and souvenirs. Behind every product is a story of community, support and identity.

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