Now on it’s 9th year, Starbucks Philippines’ Coffee Ambassador’s Cup 2015 celebrates the arts and science of making coffee and honors outstanding Coffee Masters in the Philippines. The competition started way back in 1999 originated as a friendly competition called Battle of the Beans among its partners.
“Since 1999, Starbucks Philippines has been conducting these competitions as a way to recognize our outstanding partners (employees) who show excellent knowledge and passion for coffee. This competition provides a chance for us to nurture and inspire our partners to develop their skills in the coffee industry,” Joel Cruzado, learning and development manager said.
Brewing coffee is both an art and science, involving hard work – from growing and buying the highest quality beans to roasting them to the peak of its flavor and finally serving it to the customers in style. Through rigorous trainings, Starbucks Coffee Masters learn to marry the science and art of making different kinds of coffee.
They undergo intensive trainings to ensure that they serve you a superb cup of expertly roasted and richly brewed coffee every time. Aside from handcrafting each customer’s beverage, Coffee Masters share their coffee knowledge, passion and artistry with picture-worthy latte art.
Top 5 finalists
- Ranchell ‘Pao’ Legaspi (Araneta Center)
- Ana Mendoza (Power Plant Mall – Level 1)
- Jeremiah Orillosa (UP Ayalaland Technohub)
- Jason Michael Benedict Enriquez (Cebu)
- Charlie Buenaflor (Mall of Asia Arena)
- Laura Elphick, Senior Regional Operations Services Manager of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific
- Chris Bates, Regional Director of Operations, Starbucks China and Asia Pacific
- Mark Ring, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific
- Noey Lopez, President – Rustan Coffee Corporation
- Eduardo “Jun” Lopez, Chairman of the Board – Rustan Coffee Corporation
During the competition held at the Colegio San Agustin Auditorium, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City last September 13, out of the 30 baristas who’ve made it through the competition, 14 were awarded certificates and the remaining 16 finalists battled it out in the competition subdivided into Short, Tall, Grande, Venti, Ambassador’s, and Coffee Tasting Challenge.
The finalists came from different Starbucks branches all over the Philippines. Shayne Leviste from Calamba Road, Tagaytay branch, the biggest Starbucks location in the Philippines, was one of the 14 semi-finalists recognized during the said competition.
Charlie and Jason were awarded 4th and 3rd runner up; Jeremiah and Ana, 2nd and 1st; and Pao was hailed as the 9th Philippine Coffee Ambassador’s Cup Starbucks Coffee Ambassador 2015.
It was in December 4, 1997, when the Philippines had its first taste of the Starbucks Experience with its very first branch at the 6750 Ayala Building in Makati City. Starbucks has since won the hearts of the Filipinos. The opening of the 6750 Ayala store marked an important milestone in our history – the Philippines became the third market to open outside North America. The tradition of warm hospitality, constant need for connection, and love for coffee – these are the qualities that make Starbucks Coffee and the Filipino people a great culture fit. To share in the experience, visit the stores or online at www.starbucks.ph.
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