Allegro Beverage is All Set for the 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup and 5th Latte Art Throwdown

by - September 12, 2018

The ultimate and the longest running Barista competitions in the country is happening this September 14, 2018 at the Asia Food Expo (AFEX) in the World Trade Center, but before that, the 5th Latte Art Throwdown will be staged on September 13, 2018 in the same venue.

Made possible by the Allegro Beverage Corporation, the Philippines preferred coffee solutions provider, in partnership with LNA Management Group, these events have grown in popularity and are celebrated by industry and coffee aficionados as it showcased the exceptional talent and craftsmanship of Filipinos in the art of coffee the process of blending, style, creativity and presentation.

During the media launch held last September 7, 2018 during the 22nd Food and Drinks Asia 2018, Mr. Leo de Leon said that these coffee competitions in the last 12 years have highlighted the technical and creative skills of the barista Finalists in service presentation, creativity and passion for coffee. He is proud to say that more than half of its past winners have relocated overseas for greener pastures. He added that there is a large demand for experienced Filipino baristas in cruise ships, hotels, casinos, restaurants and coffee shops.

In one of his trips where he attended the World Barista Championship in Dublin, Ireland, he shared that there were four natural-born Filipinos competing during the Championship but interestingly, they are representing countries from the Middle East and Austria.

For this year’s competition, its objectives are the following:

To promote the excellence and recognition of the barista profession.

To increase the appreciation for specialty coffee especially Philippine Arabica beans.

To raise the bar for Filipino baristas competing in world championships.

As of this time, the country’s highest ranking has been 13th place out of 60 countries at the World Barista Championships.

De Leon is also pleased to announce that the Grand Winner of the 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup and 5th Latte Art Throwdown will receive a Championship trophy, a Franke fully automatic espresso/cappuccino machine worth P100k, a Barista Kit worth P15k, free overnight hotel stays at Midas Hotel & Casino and Allegro gift bags from the competition’s valued sponsors.

The following coffee industry experts from around the world will be the International Judges of the competition. They are Marco Poidomani (Italy), Francesco Neri (Italy), Fabian Fredriksson (Sweden), Tristan Destura (Singapore), Fernando Memndez (Spain).

Local judges are composed of Head Judge Ernie Messina, Joe Mari Lichangco, Sheerwin Halasan, and John Richard del Rosario.

The major partners for these events are the EXPOBAR (the PGBC Official Espresso Machine from Spain), MOAK Special Bar (the PGBC Official Coffee Beans from Italy), Routin 1883 and Fruiss (the PGBC Official Gourmet Syrups from France), Nuova Simonelli (the PGBC Oftlcial Espresso Coffee Bean Grinder from Italy) and Franke fully automatic machines from Switzerland.

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