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Twenty-year-old Jon Louise Selo­rio, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Lyceum of the Philip­pines, bested five other re­gional cham­pi­ons and was hailed the supreme barista at the na­tional fi­nals of the 7th Philip­pine Grand Barista Cup 2013. The cul­mi­nat­ing tour­na­ment was held at the World Trade Cen­ter dur­ing the Asia Food Expo 2013, hosted by Binib­in­ing Pilip­inas— In­ter­na­tional, 2007, Na­dia Shami. Her su­perb host­ing skills and witty jokes en­ter­tained the au­di­ence, who were all game in join­ing the trivia game pre­pared by the au­thor.

Al­le­gro Bev­er­age Cor­po­ra­tion Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager Leo De Leon wel­comed ev­ery­one with an in­sight­ful look back at the past six years of that the Philip­pine Grand Barista Cup has been run­ning. He also ad­dressed the fi­nal­ists who were bustling back­stage in prepa­ra­tion for their set, on how to be crowned na­tional cham­pion.


Soon af­ter the wel­come re­marks, Shami pro­ceeded to in­tro­duce the pres­ti­gious panel of judges. This in­cluded Ger­hard Baur, Ex­ec­u­tive Chef and Di­rec­tor of the School of Culi­nary Man­age­ment at Tre­ston In­ter­na­tional Col­lege— who gave away a P10,000 gift cer­tifi­cate for a short Culi­nary Course; David Mattgard, Sales Man­ager for Asia and Pa­cific for CREM In­ter­na­tional— mak­ers of EXPOBAR Espresso Ma­chines from Spain, the of­fi­cial espresso ma­chine

of the com­pe­ti­tion; Tris­tan Des­tura, Brand Am­bas­sador, Hy­giene Specialist and Chef Artist from An­dros France; and Pi­etro Bus­caroli, Sales Man­ager of Essse Caffé, Italy— one of the top brands of roasted espresso beans in the world, who were in the panel of Sen­sory Judges. Broth­ers Er­rol and Ernest Martin, Bev­er­age and Barista Train­ers, Con­sul­tants and reg­u­lar judges in Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tions ad­ju­di­cated the tech­ni­cal as­pect of the tour­ney. The leader of the pack was no sur­prise as he is con­sid­ered to be one of the best, hav­ing re­ceived train­ing in Aus­tralia, Italy and China, and is one of the coun­try’s most sought-af­ter food and bev­er­age con­sul­tants and spe­cial in­struc­tors— Chef Ernie Mesina, Jr.

Each con­tes­tant was given 15 min­utes to pre­pare their work sta­tions, present and clean-up. John Louise Selo­rio started the show and served up his sig­na­ture and even­tual win­ning piece, The Dark Night. His act was fol­lowed by North Lu­zon Cham­pion Fran­cis Ca­ballero, Krispy Kreme Cebu’s Michael Jordan Onyot, The Cu­ra­tor’s Kevin Is­rael Fortu, Café Demi­tasse, Davao’s Romyr Ren­diza Bago, and end­ing with the NCR Fi­nals’ 1st Run­ner-up and COP Cham­pion, Aldrin Lum­a­ban.

Each fi­nal­ist pre­pared espres­sos, cap­puc­ci­nos, and sig­na­ture bev­er­ages, which were close-toperfection, that when the judges’ scores were tab­u­lated, the top three scores' dif­fer­ence was by a hair­line. John Louise Selo­rio, the youngest re­gional cham­pion yet was crowned 7th Philip­pine Grand Barista Cham­pion while Aldrin Lum­a­ban and Kevin Is­rael Fortu bagged the first and sec­ond Run­nerup Tro­phies, re­spec­tively. Each of the win­ners re­ceived gor­geous Portafil­ter tro­phies and cash prizes apart from the gift packs. The cham­pion was awarded with a check of P20,000 plus a home espresso ma­chine.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, the three win­ners are all friends from years back and all have fol­lowed their pas­sion in pre­par­ing only the best qual­ity cof­fee, fol­low­ing the strictest stan­dards in do­ing so. One lucky win­ner from the au­di­ence also won a P10,000 gift check cour­tesy of Tre­ston, while oth­ers re­ceived spe­cial prizes from the event’s spon­sors.

As the com­pe­ti­tion drew to a close, the con­tes­tants with the judges and or­ga­niz­ers looked back at the ex­pe­ri­ence and mar­veled at the grow­ing talent com­pe­ti­tions like this bring—and ev­ery­one is ex­cited to see what lies next.

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