Upcoming: 2014 Philippine National Barista Championship

The country’s most prestigious barista competition is happening this October 2014.

Allegro Beverage Corporation, the official organizer, is staging the 2nd Philippine National Barista Championship. It is the only sanctioned coffee event in the Philippines by World Coffee Events, organizers of World Barista Competition.

This event encourages and recognizes professional achievement in the art and skill of espresso beverage preparation and service. During the competition, within 15 minutes, baristas will prepare four (4) espressos, four (4) cappuccinos, and four (4) original espresso-based signature drinks. This will be evaluated by four (4) Sensory judges, two (2) Technical judges and one (1) Head judge.

During the press briefing, we were able to meet the reigning Philippine National Barista Champion Kevin Israel Fortu together with Allegro Beverage President and General Manager Mr. Leo de Leon.

According to Mr. Fortu, "it was such a huge responsibility for me to portray the Philippines in Barista culture and to put up a good performance for the 2014 World Barista Championship. It was a long journey and preparation on my part, and I hope that I made our country proud by giving a credible performance in the event."

"Kevin's participation in WBC gave an excellent exposure for our coffee industry, especially since it is the first time for the Philippines to join the world's most prestigious coffee competition. This was a remarkable event for Filipino Baristas and our industry in general, which had certainly inspired us to help organize and support the Philippine National Barista Championship," said Mr. de Leon.

The day didn't end without an educational discussion about coffee from Mr. de Leon while Mr. Fortu is doing an on-the-spot demonstration.


[caption id="attachment_2948" align="aligncenter" width="500"]AllegroPNBC-demo-coffeegrounds Grounded just right. :)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2949" align="aligncenter" width="500"]AllegroPNBC-demo-espresso Espresso![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2945" align="aligncenter" width="500"]AllegroPNBC-demo Reigning PNB Champion Kevin Israel Fortu in the zone. :)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2946" align="aligncenter" width="800"]AllegroPNBC-demo-cappuccino Cappuccino + Latte Art! :)[/caption]
Thirty (30) participants will battle out in the preliminary rounds on October 15-16 at Treston International College and the culmination for the top 6 finalist will be on October 17 at Resorts World Manila Atrium. The winner will represent the country in the 2015 World Barista Championship to be held in Seattle, WA, USA.

Resorts World Manila is the competition's exclusive Platinum sponsor and Treston International College is a gold sponsor of the 2nd Philippine National Barista Championship. For more information, visit the official competition website.


Thank you Ms. Kathy for the invite and Allegro Beverage for the love package! <3


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