Latte Art: Strong Convection Stocked Tulip by Dave Dource


Barista 102- Philippine Barista & Coffee Academy, Inc. (PBCA)

After I finished my Basic Barista course, I decided to enhance my skills about coffee since I don’t have any university to attend to… and I really am thirsty for knowing more about the world of coffee. So here it goes… I was searching for an advanced barista course and Google brought me to PBCA’s website! I love their website! Aside from the web-hosting, HD photos, and the warm colors they used, compliments with their logo as well. It is really useful! I don’t need to e-mail them to ask more questions since they already indicated the prices of the courses they offer and also the classes’ schedule. “I love everything ’bout this!” I say.

✓ Accessible. The school is not that far from where I live. Just an MRT away!
✓ Good-looking Instructors! Hahahaha yes, I am not kidding! The list of instructors were posted in their site too. But they’re waaay more gorgeous in person!

During the 4 days of Training, I must say I finally saw the “Artist” side of being a Barista.

Rosetta Latte Art

(via instagram) One of the best Rosetta I made so far

You need to focus, relax and feel the art. Practice. I don’t see someone who did a perfect latte art in an overnight. Even my instructors spent half a year… or even the best latte artists! We can do it.

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Farm tour with the team

Before we end our 3 weeks of training, we went on a farm tour (which is included in our course’s module). Probably the most interesting rambling I ever had! We visited different roasting faculties.

  • Gourmet Farms, Inc. Our first stop! The biggest supplier of roasted coffee beans. Where you can see the biggest roasted machine in the Philippines as well. They has a civet and a ram as their pet. Lol. Tho I don’t have any photo of the ram they had. Sad. That’s my first time I saw a real ram!!

Civet. I know, I know. Its red eyes were creepy!

Have you ever heard about Cat Poop Coffee? Kopi Luwak, Alamid Coffee or someting similar? That’s the cat who eats coffee cherries and their poop will process as coffee! The most expensive coffee.

Gourmet’s roasted coffee beans. Ready to roast!

They don’t just have a roasted facility or farm but they also have a Deli, Restaurant and Cafe!

As you enter, you can choose and buy for a souvenir. Too bad I wasn’t able to buy one. Then you’ll see the coffee counter and deli products too as you walk from the distance. Ah, too bad I didn’t took enough photos! Ugh

Gourmet Farm’s famous Lettuce chips. And various sauces.

Coffee beans as displays

Nothing beats a great ambiance of local coffee shops! The music that they play, the furniture, outdoor plants and such. We also had a chance to talk to the Vice President of Gourmet, Mr. Len. Such an inspiring person!

  • Cafe Amadeo. Wasn’t be able to look around their faculties but at least, we had a small talk with their Manager and had a cup of coffee too!


This is where you can find the micro roaster too! The freezer-sized roasted machine. We also had a small talk with a married couple who owns the business. The owner/manager and the mind behind the smallest roasted machine. That is so sweet!

Hay. This is really interesting and fun! Who would not love finding yourself in a place you’ve never been to, meeting different people in just a day and also loving the things you weren’t even like before.