ITHM Hotel and Restaurant seniors John Richard Co and Gian Carlo Valencia took home the top awards in the the Savaroso Art of Coffee 2018. In a field composed mostly of professional baristas, Co won the championship while Valencia finished 1st-Runner Up.
Both students are part of the Baristams Organization, which is being supervised by Café Alfredo.
Co used Brazil Cerrado Beans in his winning drink and said that competing against a fellow Tamaraw pushed him to prepare hard.
“I felt a lot of pressure going into the event but all of my hard work paid off when they called me as the champion.”
Meanwhile, Valencia shared that he focused on the coffee experience while making his drinks, with each representing a distinct emotion or feeling.
“My signature drink is dedicated to my family because without their overwhelming support, my skills and knowledge in the world of specialty coffee would not be a reality.”