The recently concluded and highly successful 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup 2018 held at the World Trade Center, in conjunction with AFEX 2018, produced yet another talented Pinoy Barista in the person of the lone woman contender, who is also a first time participant, Michelle Anne Rivera of Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters.

Michelle took home a Championship trophy, Franke fully automatic espresso/cappuccino machine worth Php 100,000, a barista kit worth Php 15,000, and a free overnight stay at the Midas Hotel & Casino and Allegro Beverage gift bags. She is also set to represent our country in an international barista event.
Congratulations also to John Richard Co and Alexis Manorada for bagging 2nd and 1st runner-up respectively.

Judges for this year’s competition are: Marco Poidomani (2017 Italian Barista Champion), Francesco Neri (International Export Manager of Caffe Moak), Fabian Fredriksson (South East Asian Export Sales for Crem International), Tristan Destura (1883 Maison ROUTIN France Syrups Brand Ambassador), Fernando Menendez (Franke Coffee System Asia Sales Director) and our home-based connoisseurs like Ernie Mesina (Espresso Chef and Master Barista), Joe Marie Lichangco (2018 Philippine National Latte Art Finals Champion), Sherwin Halasan (Allegro Beverage Corporation Service Manager), and John Richard Del Rosario (Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters Head Barista).

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Allegro Beverage Corporation is the country’s preferred coffee solutions provider. Founded in the Philippines by Mr. Leo De Leon in 1999 with only two Italian brands of espresso machines and now has 18 other brands namely: Nuova Simonelli, Victoria Arduino, Fetco, Coffee Queen, MOAK, Franke, Expobar, Danesi Caffe, Ceylon Kisses, Mahlkonig, Hey Cafe, Hamilton Beach, 1883, Urnex, Kalerm, Allegro, ICS and Biadgi. 

Allegro Beverage Corporation would like to thank their valued sponsors and major partners namely: EXPOBAR (Official Espresso Machine from Spain), MOAK Special Bar (Official Coffee Bean from Italy), Routin 1883 and Fruiss (Official Gourmet Syrups from France), Nouva Simonelli (Official Espresso Coffee Bean Grinder from Italy), and Franke fully automatic machines from Switzerland.

Gold sponsors of PGBC are MILKLAB exclusively distributed by Grand Nourriture, Malongo Atelier Barista Philippines, UCC Coffee, UCC Academy, Blizzard Ref Sales Corporation and Far Eastern University.

Go to Allegro Beverage official Facebook Page for more information.