Six baristas made it to the final round of of the prestigious Philippine National Barista Championship staged last October 17, 2014 at the Resorts World Manila. Anually, World Coffee Events (WCE) holds this event dubbed as The World Barista Championship (WBC), where seasoned baristas come to compete. The said rendezvous was organized by Allegro Beverage, a leading coffee and beverage supplier in the HoReCa industry and Association of Filipino Baristas, inc., with Resorts World Manila as the prestigious platinum partner and sponsor.
Four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four original signature drinks to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music is all what it takes for a barista to be a World Barista champion. The baristas were judged in both sensory and technical aspects of making coffee.
A number of sensory judges including Lauro Fioretti, chief engineer of espresso coffee machine maker Nuova Simonelli, and Leo de Leon, founder and president of Allegro Beverage Corp, noted the “consistency” of Lumaban’s drinks and communication skills.
Among the six only one stood the greatest, Aldrin Lumaban of Craft Coffee Revolution, won the 2nd Philippine National Barista Championship and yes, our country has a representative for the World Barista Championship in Seattle, U.S. next year. He have beaten 23 contenders during the three-day competition which started October 15, 2014, at Treston International College. Last year, wasn't a good year for Lumaban, but he proved that passion and the drive to serve the best cup of brew paved the way to an even promising year for him and the Philippines.
Congratulations from us here at Gastronomy by Joy, may you bring home the bacon.