Michelle Anne Rivera is the Grand Winner of the 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup

by - September 17, 2018

First time lucky! Yes, that’s the best way to describe Michelle Anne Rivera who emerged as the top winner of the 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup hosted by Allegro Beverage Corporation during the recent AFEX 2018 held at the World Trade Center, Pasay, Metro Manila. The ASIAFOOD EXPO 2018 (AFEX) has been empowering the Philippine Food and Beverage Industry for more than two decades and showcasing the Food Processing, Packaging, and Handling Machinery, Equipment and Technology; in conjunction with Foodserv Asia and Bakery Asia 2018.

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The 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup, the longest-running Barista competition has been supporting the coffee industry through this barista competitions by discovering the best coffee artist and barista in the trade and creating their unique coffee designs and concoctions which will be served in cafes in and around the country.

In cooperation with partner exhibitors, the premier competition aims to promote the excellence and recognition of the barista profession, to increase the appreciation for specialty coffee especially Philippine Arabica beans, and to raise the bar for Filipino baristas competing in world championships. As the Filipino baristas are getting better at what they do, and the world is slowly recognizing our very own Arabica beans, the Philippines’ highest rank so far in the World Barista Championships is at 13th place out of 60 countries.

For 12 years, barista finalists have evolved along with it including the technical and creative skills with regards to service presentation, creativity, and passion for coffee. Most of the Philippine Grand Barista Cup winners have relocated overseas since experienced Filipino baristas are highly on demand in cruise ships, hotels, casinos, restaurants, and coffee shops. For this year’s competition, participants included Jordan Paez, Ana Franchesca Arce, Christian Beltran, Ian Lester Matela, Ryan Malan, John Richard Co and Michelle Anne Rivera. They competed using one of the finest coffee machines available today – the Victoria Arduino VA 388 Black Eagle.

Panel of judges is composed of prominent and respected coffee and barista experts both in local and international scene such as; Marco Poidomani (Italian Barista Champion at the Coffee In Good Spirits 2017), Frances Neri (International Export Manager of Southern Italy’s leading coffee bean Caffe Moak), Fabian Fredriksson  (Export Sales for South East Asia, Central Asia, and Russia forCrem Internation), Tristan Destura  (Brand Ambassador of 1883 Maison ROUTIN France Syrups), Fernando Menendez  (Franke Coffee System Asia Sales Director), Ernie Mesina  (Espresso Chef and Master Barista), Joe Marie Lichangco (2018 Philippine National Latte Art Champion), Sherwin Halasan  (Service Manager of Allegro Beverage Corporation), and John Richard del Rosario  (Head Barista at Toby’s Estate Coffee).

Michelle Anne Rivera received a Championship trophy, a Barista Kit worth P15,000, free overnight hotel stay at the prestigious Midas Hotel & Casino, Allegro gift bags from their valued sponsors, and a Franke fully automatic espresso and cappuccino machine worth P100,000.

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Allegro Beverage Corporation (ABC) is the country’s preferred coffee solutions provider and they have been the exclusive distributor of industry-preferred espresso machines, brewers, coffee beans, syrups, sauces, and teas from around the world, 

Allegro was founded in the Philippines by Leo De Leon with just two Italian brands of espresso machines in 1999, and has then expanded to 18 roster of brands namely: Nuova Simonelli, Vlctoria Arduino, Fetco, Coffee Queen, MOAK, Franke, Expobar, Danesi Caffe, Ceylon Kisses, Mahlkonig, Hey Cafe, Hamilton Beach, 1883, Urnex, Kalerm, Allegro, ICS and Biadgi. Once Allegro’s name was becoming known, they began supplying big corporations such as Krispy Kreme, Cinnabon, and Mrs. Fields, among others. ABC grows 30% in revenues annually and their net sales were doubling every two years. In 2013, the company’s avenue reached P73.4 million, then it rocketed to P113.1 million by 2015.

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