Aldrin Lumaban of Craft Coffee Revolution bags the nation’s most prestigious barista title, besting five of the country’s top-calibre baristas during the much-heated finals of the 2nd Philippine National Barista Championship, held on October 17 at Resorts World Manila in Newport Boulevard.
Throughout his 15-minute barista routine, Lumaban wowed the panel of judges using a natural processed single origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe composed of 60% pea berry and 40% long berry. For his espresso, Lumaban instructed the judges to look for notes of orange, caramel, and baker’s choco while notes of orange, butter scotch, and milk choco for his cappuccino routine.
For the signature beverage, Lumaban used a ‘flavour deconstruction’ approach breaking into four components the profile of his coffee into orange, caramel, dark choco, and espresso.
This year’s champion and runners-up (in order) are:
- ALDRIN LUMABAN, Craft Coffee Revolution, New Manila, QC
JOHN LOUIS DANIEL SELORIO, Coffee Empire, West Ave., QC
ADHLER MIKO SIMANGAN, EDSA Beverage Design Group, Greenhills, Mandaluyong City
JOSELITO ARGATE, Coffee Empire, West Ave., QC
JONATHAN LORENZO CHOI, Magnum Opus Fine Coffees, Aguirre Avenue, Parañaque City
ANDRE PHILIPPE CHANCO, Yardstck Coffee, Legaspi Village, Makati City
The 2nd Philippine National Barista Championship is organized by Allegro Beverage Corporation in partnership with the Association of Filipino Baristas Inc., licensed national body to the Philippines of World Coffee Events, organizers of World Barista Championship, the preeminent international coffee competition. The winner of the 2014 competition will officially represent the Philippines to the 2015 World Barista Championship in Seattle, USA.
Resorts World Manila is the exclusive platinum sponsor for the 2nd Philippine National Barista Championship while Treston International College and Fly Ace Corporation are gold sponsors. Other sponsors include Gourmet Farms, UCC Ueshima Coffee Philippines Inc., Clear Water Systems Philippines Inc., and Philippine Barista and Coffee Academy as silver sponsors; and Kickstart Coffee and El Kapitan as bronze sponsors.