What started as a coffee company in the 70s turns out to be brewing a bigger and better business – the Gourmet Farms.
Gourmet Farms truly has come a long way now since I last interviewed them back in 2003 for a segment that I produced for ABS-CBN’s Kumikitang Kabuhayan.
I remember Mr. Len Reyes talking about how Gourmet Farms started in the “primitive” years of organic farming in the Philippines. At a time when most Filipinos would think that going back to basic is more of a “quack” medicine.
Lo and behold, fast forward mid 2015, look at what many Pinoys are doing now, looking for and buying organic produce due to more consciousness of their health.
And that is what I believe to be the distinguishing factor of Gourmet Farms, seeing it early in the game and stayed on track until it was ripe for the picking. Not far apart growing crops – which is what the whole company is best in doing.
In a recent visit to Gourmet Farms, I came to see how it has changed from the last time I saw it. It has more it now that just a vast farm land and gourmet store back in 2003.
THE GOURMET’S CAFE and COUNTRY STORE
Gourmet Farms’ store is a showcase of the produce of the farm. It includes fresh produce (vegetables and fruits), processed foods (herbal teas, coffees dips and sauces) and also some seedlings for those wanting to start their
The best part of the store are the food offerings like baked goods, fruits shakes and gourmet sandwiches that anyone can actually buy.
My personal favorites from the store are the lettuce chips and signature lemonade. You better taste it for yourself. I am certain, you will like them as well. It wouldn’t hurt to try. 🙂
THE DINING ROOM
What a better way to try their produce?
At their Dining Room. This is one of the newer additions that I have not tried before.
The Dining Room is an enclosed restaurant in a white building inspired by Santorini structures.
The Dining Room can comfortably seat 200 guests, and a maximum of 400 for standing set-up. This area also serves as an events place for social functions in Gourmet Farms.
What’s good about dining inside is that its simplistic look is filled with a nice, relaxing live piano music.
The Dining Room serves Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The ingredients used are sourced out from Gourmet Farms’ organic farm.
Here are some of what I was able to try during my visit in Gourmet Farms’ The Dining Room.
ST. JOSEPH SANCTUARY
If you want a totally “ME” time. This is one of the best places closest to Manila, the Sanctuary of St. Joseph.
This part of Gourmet Farms is a half-hectare facility catering to those people wanting time and space for themselves. Its primary purpose is for reflection and meditation.
It has a house, a chapel, a conference center and an outdoor pavilion.
This is where they also conduct Solitudo, a 3-day holistic, silent retreat within the confines of Gourmet Farms.
Even couples are separated during the retreat and asked not to speak to each other for the whole time.
The source of Gourmet Farms’ produce is their 12-hectare facility housing salad greens, herbs and vegetables.
Its produce are sold at the Country Store and other supermarkets in the country.
This also serves as a tourist and recreational facility for guests wherein they can visit to know more about organic farming and even try doing some farm work or harvest for their own salad.
The Farm is also the home of their coffee manufacturing facility where they house the Probat 1958 & Probat 2012, the Rolls Royce of coffee roasting.
Coffee is where all it started. Gourmet Farms wouldn’t be as it is now if not for coffee. Gourmet Farms is producing ground coffee of about 120 tons per month – one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in the Philippines.
From growing coffee to packing it for consumption, Gourmet Farms is a pioneer and expert in the coffee trade.
Here’s a bonus video of how to do a French Press Coffee at home from Doc J of Gourmet Farms.
Address : Km. 52, Aguinaldo Highway, Buho, Silang, Cavite
Contact No.: The Dining Room – (046) 8651064 / 0917-5854674
The Country Store – (046) 4140209 / 0920-9497728
Email: [email protected]
Metro Manila contact numbers
Telephone: (02) 757-3001 local 404/405
Telefax: (02) 843-8335 / (02) 757-5025
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