Philippine National Latte Art Championship 2014: First Step Towards 2015 World Latte Art Championship in Sweden

      With more and more coffee shops even more specialized ones like third wave coffee shops, it's about time that the Philippines should emphasize on barista skills.  In partnership with the Association of Filipino Baristas Inc. (AFBI), World Coffee Events and Goldbell Philippines Corporation (Dalla Corte Philippines) officially organizes the inaugural Philippine National Latte Art Championship 2014.

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Judges and Organizers of Philippine National Latte Art Championship 2014

     The Preliminary Rounds will take place on November 27 to 28 at Aloha Hotel in Roxas Boulevard while the Championship Round will be held on November 29 in SM City BF-Paranaque. 

   During my conversation with the judges, I learned that the success of a barista is based more on passion, skill and experience rather than trainings attended and certifications.  They are no schools or formal trainings required to be one especially in crafting latte art which requires a lot of creativity. 

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     For the Preliminary Rounds, competitors will perform at the Bar and Stage Areas of the competition one at a time.  They have to produce a single creative latte pattern at the Bar Area and the move to the Stage Area to create two identical free-pour lattes and two identical designer lattes.  The top six highest scorers from the Preliminary Rounds will advance to the Championship Round.  They will then have to make two identical free pour espresso macchiato, two free pour identical latte and two identical designer lattes.  Overall performance will be judged.  The grand winner will represent the Philippines to the 2015 World Latte Art Championship in Sweden on June 15 to June 18, 2015.  He will also get to train in Milan in an event organized by Dalla Corte

     The event could not be made possible without the following sponsors: Kefseft Inc (Milk Sponsor), Citicup Corporation (Silver Sponsor), Equilibrium Intertrade Corp. (Bronze Sponsor), Dalla Corte (Espresso Machine and Grinder Sponsor), Caffe Benne (Official Espresso Sponsor) and Pulycaff (Cleaning Product Sponsor).

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