CHMI Agro is a member of the Corporate Holdings Group of Companies, a conglomerate of companies engaged in real estate, investment banking, pharmaceutical & wellness, hotel and leisure industries with a 30-year track record to its name. CHMI Agro started in 2011 when its chairman, Mr. Noel S. Gonzales started partnering with Nestle Philippines in its effort to revitalize the country’s coffee industry. Mr. Gonzales became a spokesperson and was the key speaker in 2 coffee summits sponsored by Nestle in 2011. Through this joint effort with Nestle, the partnership was successful in stirring into action all major decision makers from the private sector and the government so much so that many coffee plantations were started in many parts of the country. Through CHMI Agro, the Group is committed to do its part in harnessing the resources of the local economy to make Philippine coffee a vital and competitive product in the world market.
Almost one-third of coffee produced throughout the wolrd is the Robusta variety, and the Philippines accounts for 5% of total Robusta production. Robusta remains robustly in demand in the coffee world, because it is the core ingredient in the manufacture of instant coffee and is often included in espresso blends.
Discovered in 1898 in Congo, the Robusta coffee plant also known as Coffea canephora, has a shallow root system and grows as a robust tree or shrub to about 10 to 12 meters. Unlike Arabica, Robusta can be grown in areas that are between sea level and 800-meter elevation ranges with a temperature of 21-24°C. This is the reason it thrives in tropical Philippines, as well as in the West and Central Africa, certain areas of South America and most of Southeast Asia.
Robusta coffee has higher caffeine content, which partly explains why it is more resistant to pests. Arabica has only half the caffeine content of robusta.Coffee Bean
Robusta beans tend to be smaller in size, rounder, or more oval. Arabica beans are larger and more elongated.Coffee Fruits
Robusta contains only half the sugar and about 2/3 of the lipids of Arabica. This variation may account for the more bitter taste of Robusta and the difference in perception of acidity.Coffee Tree
When it comes to flavor, Arabica has a smooth and refined taste, while Robusta is stronger and bolder. Robusta has robust advantages over its favored cousin. First, it costs less to grow Robusta than Arabica, because the Robusta coffee plant is hardier, requires less care, and tends to be less susceptible to pest and handling problems. Second, Robusta coffee plant tend to yeild a larger volume of beans per hectare than Arabica, and at a lower cost of production. Moreover, Robusta's strong, bold and bitter tate is what Filipinos love about coffee. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Robusta is actually the type of coffee beans used to make majority of all coffee products in the Philippines market.