Allegro Beverage Corporation, the Philippine preferred coffee solutions provider will be staging two of the the ultimate and the longest running Barista competitions in the country – the 5th Latte Art Throwdown and the 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup (PGBC) on Sept 13-14, 2018 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila.
These events have grown in popularity and are celebrated by industry and coffee aficionados, showcasing the exceptional talent and craftsmanship of Filipinos in the art of coffee – the process of blending, style, creativity and presentation.
President of Allegro Beverage, 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 notes that more than half of our past winners have relocated overseas for greener pastures as there is a large demand for experienced Filipino baristas in cruise ships, hotels, casinos, restaurants and coffee shops.
The objectives of these competitions are 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. Philippine’s highest ranking has been 13th place out of 60 countries at the World Barista Championships.
The 5th Latte Art Throwdown and the 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup are supported by 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 Official Espresso Coffee Bean Grinder from Italy) and Franke fully automatic machines from Switzerland, MILKLAB, MalongoAtelier Barista Philippines, UCC Coffee, UCC Academy, Blizzard Ref Sales Corporation and Far Eastern University.