Back to back: Eastwood Coffee Con & McKinley Coffee Culture Fest!

July 19, 2014

Coffee lovers, head over to Eastwood Mall Atrium to discover delicious brews and learn more about coffee at Eastwood Coffee Con!

The press launch held last Tuesday started with a brewing methods appreciation demo hosted by the Philippine Barista and Coffee Academy (PBCA).




At the booth of 18 Days Coffee, we got a taste of the coveted Cafe Alamid, a Philippine civet coffee made from the blend of the Philippines' finest Arabica, Liberica, and Exelsa beans. 50 grams, 100 grams, 1 kg, and 1 serving pack is available for purchase.

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I love latte art (I look for it on Tumblr and Pinterest) and sadly, I have never been to a coffee shop that served me with one (or I haven't been to the right places). A latte art workshop is facilitated at Eastwood Coffee Con and I got to try it out myself :D

[caption id="attachment_814" align="aligncenter" width="500"]L-R: 1st attempt, sample, 2nd attempt. Hooray! :) L-R: 1st attempt, sample, 2nd attempt. Hooray! :)[/caption]


Geared towards supplying coffee for hotels, restaurants, etc., the Kickstart Coffee & Silca Coffee varieties (both under Silca Coffee Roasting Company) use beans sourced from Cavite, Batangas, and Benguet.


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Featured in their booth are unique, limited edition coffee blends which are sold exclusively during the event. The Eastwood Blend is a blend of Arabica and Robusta that is both mellow and stimulating; the McKinley Blend, created in the Italian tradition, has strong and complex taste; while the Newport Blend has a striking combination of Arabica and Robusta beans for a bold taste.

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From Bennett & Palmer booth, guests can try Hello5 Vietnamese coffee. It comes with five (5) flavors that compliments one's Wu Xing sign/element: Original for Metal, Regular for Earth, Mondo for Water, Organic for Wood, and Deluxe for Fire.


Tip: if you like your coffee sweet, go for Mondo flavor.

EastwoodCoffeeCon-Hello5-coffeedescAside from coffee, Bennett & Palmer can try and purchase Marou single-origin artisanal dark chocolate flavors.

[caption id="attachment_810" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Michelin-star chef endorsed line of dark chocolates Michelin-star chef endorsed line of dark chocolates[/caption]


Two leaders of the Third Wave coffee revolution are also present at Eastwood Coffee Con: Craft Coffee Revolution and Coffee Empire.



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Pair your favorite cup of coffee with pastries and chocolate from Marks & Spencer, The Coffee Beanery, Risa Chocolates, Cravings, and J.Co donut. Milk tea fans will also be able to enjoy their favorite drink with Tokyo Bubble Tea. Coffee machines, filters and whatnot are also available for purchase at various booths.




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The press launch ended with a live Art from Coffee Grounds Workshop with Mr. Vincent Navarro. An accomplished Visual artist and Fine Arts teacher hailing from the University of the Philippines Baguio, his love affair with using coffee as an art medium culminated in his ground-breaking thesis "Art in Coffee".

[caption id="attachment_815" align="aligncenter" width="518"]One of the ten faces of local farmers from Benguet whose Navarro's study paid tribute to. This earned both local and international acclaim. One of the ten faces of local farmers from Benguet whose Navarro's study paid tribute to. This earned both local and international acclaim.[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_817" align="aligncenter" width="500"]My little masterpiece with the master teacher :) My little masterpiece with the master teacher :)[/caption]

This kind of art is what I'm good at (well, because I don't draw, paint or do sculptures) and I had so much fun! I think I'm the only one who finished the Rizal template :P


I personally invite you to participate in one (or more) of the aforementioned fun and informative coffee-related activities at Eastwood Coffee Con!


July 19, Saturday

3PM      Coffee Brewing 101 and Coffee-Chocolate Pairing by Bennett and Palmer

4PM      Coffee Appreciation by Chef Tim Abejuela and Chef Trish Ocampo by The Coffee Academy


July 20, Sunday

3PM      Cooking with Coffee by Chef Jonathan Bautista

Various Brewing Methods by The Coffee Beanery Team

*schedule subject to change without prior notice.

In case McKinley Hill is more accessible to you, join them for a celebration of coffee, books and art with Coffee Culture Fest!

Every Friday-Sunday of July, get 50% off on various coffee products or a free refill with purchase at these participating establishments: B&T Mexican Kitchen, Agave Mexican Cantina, Trattoria Poggio Antico, Little Asia, Milky Way, The Burgery, Black Canyon, Sauceria, Binalot and Terry's Selection.

Head over to Venice Piazza Atrium for the following events:

July 14 -20 -- Coffee+Book Fair

July 20 -- Coffee+Art Affair (live Art from Coffee Grounds workshop) to be conducted by Vincent Navarro and My Little Art Place.

July 21-27 -- Coffee Bazaar

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls is also running an Instagram contest called #MegaworldCoffeeSelfie! Check out how you can win 5k worth of GCs from Caffe Bene or your own coffee :

Grab yer pack of coffee blend and stock up for the rainy season!

Thank you Megaworld Lifestyle Malls for the invitation! <3


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