Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bo's Coffee Welcomes Award-Winning Barista Junichi Yamaguchi

World-renowned barista Junichi Yamaguchi
Homegrown specialty coffee shop Bo's Coffee played host to world-renowned barista Junichi Yamaguchi last February 7, 2013 at their Jupiter branch in Makati City for a Latte Art Workshop for their baristas. As a brand committed to providing the best training possible for its partners, Bo's Coffee and its team welcomed Yamaguchi wholeheartedly during the event.

Latte art is the method of creating a pattern on the surface of a latte by pouring steamed milk into an espresso shot. It requires a lots of skill and practice before one can consistently create a perfect design.

Yamaguchi's talent in latte art preparation is even more impressive because of the fact that he is self-taught. He makes it a point to practice for around four hours every day, especially in preparation for competitions such as the Coffee Fest Latte Art Competition in Seattle, Washington, USA and the Blenz Coffee Latte Art Competition in Japan, to name a  few. And he also makes sure that he provides his customers with the perfect brew every time.

Paul Asuncion, Bo's Coffee's very own resident expert barista, showcases his latte art making skill during the workshop.

Despite his success, however, he remains down to earth. His willingness to teach many aspiring latte artists has turned him into one of the most in-demand figures in the coffee industry, and his Latte Art Workshop at Bo's Coffee was one event the homegrown brand's baristas eagerly anticipated.

"We want the best training for our team and we're always looking for ways to enhance customer experience and empower our baristas," comments Bo's Coffee CEO Steve Benitez. "Under Junichi Yamaguchi's guidance, our team will now be able to make Bo's Coffee community's in-store experience an even better one."

Junichi Yamaguchi with Bo's Coffee CEO Steve Benitez and the rest of the team
Self-taught award-winning barista was all smiles during the Latte Art Workshop.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Share the love with a Raspberry Truffle Latte

This month, romance will fill the air and I love you's will be exchanged as Valentine's Day draws near. So in this season of love, we at Bo's Coffee bring you a new beverage which will tickle your senses and delight your hearts.

Share your feelings with a Raspberry Truffle Latte, our featured beverage this month!

Savor the flavorful burst of ripe, succulent raspberries with the luscious sweetness & aroma of premium chocolate, all in a cup of this fruity twist on our classic Caffe Mocha. Have it hot, foamy & steaming or have it poured over ice and finished off with a helping of prime whipped cream.

So, bring your other half to any Bo's Coffee branch this red letter day, and say it with a Raspberry Truffle Latte.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

URBANICA: Your Homegrown, Freshly-Roasted Vended Coffee Goodness in a Cup

For coffee lovers on-the-go, you can now enjoy a perfect cup of brewed coffee prepared in a matter of seconds. The commitment of Bo's Coffee to serve homegrown, freshly-roasted coffee beverages continues to expand with Urbanica, a special blend by Bo's Coffee.

Despite your hectic schedule, you can still enjoy real coffee. At a touch of a button, high-quality homegrown beans can be speedily ground and brewed to your palate's content.

Urbanica is now available for you to enjoy. Your homegrown coffee goodness can be vended at the leading offices in Metro Manila today.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Share your best Sinulog photo with a Bo’s Coffee drink, and get a chance to win two round trip tickets to Bohol!

Are you starting to hear cheers and drumbeats with a couple of ceremonial dances? Then it’s definitely one of Asia’s largest festivals again!

It’s time to enjoy this year’s Sinulog festivities, and what better way to be part of it than to win round trip tickets for two to Bohol, with accommodation at the Bellevue Hotel! This year, the Philippines’ homegrown coffee shop encourages Sinulog 2013 participants to share their best Sinulog 2013 photos.

How to Join:
  1. Like the Bo’s Coffee Facebook page:
  2. Upload a picture of your best Sinulog 2013 Getaway, and tag Bo's Coffee on the photo.
  3. The photo must be taken with the participants holding any Bo’s Coffee beverage, at one of the Sinulog 2013 Cebu activities (ie. Cebu Marathon, Grand Parade, Photo Contest, Short Film Festival, Fireworks Display, Choral Competition, Sto. Nino de Cebu Parish Mass, etc.).  You may refer to this link for a full list of Sinulog 2013 activities:
  4. Write a caption on the photo, which answers this equation: “Sinulog 2013 + Bo's Coffee =”. Photo caption must be in one to three sentences only. Only one promo entry will be allowed per person.
We’ll be announcing the Top 20 entries on February 1, 2013 at 6 pm! The Top 20 Sinulog photo participants will each receive P800 worth of Gift Certificates from Bo’s Coffee.

Wondering how you'll win?
Here's how we're going to be choosing from your awesome photos:

  1. From all entries submitted, an official panel of judges will select the top 20 photos as finalists, following these criteria*:
    • Representation of the Sinulog Festival theme - 30%
    • Creativity and connection with the Bo’s Coffee brand - 30%
    • Audience Likeability (via Facebook Likes at 20%, and Online Feedback at 20%) - 40% 
      • *The mentioned criteria set will also be used in selecting the Grand Winners on February 18, 2013.
  2. The selected Top 20 photo entries will have an official Bo’s Coffee Facebook posted comment.
  3. Duration of photo submission will be from January 16 – 30, 2013.
  4. Official Announcement of the Top 20 Sinulog photo entries will be on February 1, 2013 at 6 pm. All selected Top 20 photo entries will each receive P800 worth of Bo’s Coffee Gift Certificates.
  5. Top 20 photos will be open for official fan voting starting February 2 until 16, 2013. Participants may invite their friends to have the photo entries liked on Facebook.
  6. Announcement of the My Sinulog Getaway Photo Contest Grand Winners will be on February 18, 2013. Prizes can be claimed at Bo's Coffee, Cebu Central Office located at R.E Benitez Bldg. F.Ramos St. 6000 Cebu City. If the winners are not Cebu residents, special arrangements will be made in coordination with the winners and Bo’s Coffee. You may claim your prizes within 60 days, from day of notice.
  7. Prizes may be transferrable, but not convertible to cash.
  8. This contest is open to all residents of the Philippines

And are you also wondering what you’ll win?
Here are the prizes for the Top Three Winners for the Sinulog Getaway Digital Photo Contest:

1st Place
  • Two round trip tickets to Bohol with accommodation at the Bellevue Hotel
  • P5,000 worth of GCs
  • Bo’s Coffee Planner 2013
  • Limited Edition Mug
  • Any Bo’s Coffee Grande drink

2nd Place
  • P3,000 worth of GCs
  • 2 Coffee Beans (250g) of your choice
  • Any Bo’s Coffee Grande drink

3rd Place
  • P2,000 worth of GCs
  • 1 Limited Edition Mug
  • Any Bo’s Coffee Grande drink

Once again, here are the important dates you have to remember for to get a chance to win exciting prizes:
  • Submission of Photo of Entries: January 16 – 30, 2013
  • Voting Period for Shortlisted Photos: February 2 to 16, 2013
  • Announcement of Winners: February 18, 2013 at 4 pm

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your entries!

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Championing Coffee Here & Abroad

Bo's Coffee has always taken pride in serving and supporting locally grown beans, towards showcasing the highest quality of homegrown coffee beverages. Beyond this, the company also commits to rear a workforce that values customer satisfaction, as the baristas demonstrate a multitude of skills both inside and out of the coffee shop.

Paul at the Origins Exhibit
(Photo by Manny Torrejon)
We give you Paul Vincent Asuncion. With his 3rd year at Bo’s Coffee, he recently bested five other competitors in the Philippine Barista & Coffee Academy, Inc.'s Philippine Barista Cup 2012, and thereby becoming the country's representative to the ASEAN Barista Championship held last September in Bangkok, Thailand.

The two mentioned internationally-acclaimed titles, took considerable time for Paul to prepare for. Within the confines of the Bo’s Coffee head office and branches, he has done several rounds of machine familiarization, batches of sample espresso extraction, and critique sessions from the Bo’s Coffee Training Staff for the technical and sensory aspects of his performances. Early on, his potential has been seen as Paul had the necessary skills to be an excellent barista. This set of skills, along with remarkable talent in concocting the perfect cup of coffee paved the way for Paul to gain support from the rest of his Bo’s Coffee peers.

Even during the 2012 Bo’s Coffee Barista Cup, PBCA Director, Ms. Susan Edilo mentioned that the characteristic which made Paul win at the Philippine Barista & Coffee Academy, Inc.'s Philippine Barista Cup 2012 was his speaking skills and manner of communicating his expertise to the judges. Paul’s years of training as a barista certainly paved the way for him to share his knowledge about the best practices and techniques in making the perfect cup of coffee, as the Training Staff of Bo’s Coffee constantly guided him all throughout his preparation for the competition.

After winning the Philippine Barista Cup, Paul further went through the technicalities of barista competitions, including a rigorous step-by-step process to perfect the performance moves employed by baristas abroad. “Nakakapagod din…May mga nagsasabi na pumayat ako noon, pero marami akong natutunan.” (It was tiring! Some were saying that I lost weight then, but I did learn a lot.)

He was advised to watch previous competition videos of the country's best baristas. This aided him in preparing for his turn in competing. He knew he could do what they were doing, and that he just needed to study the details, as well as collect a little confidence. “Bo’s Coffee Founder, Sir Steve, advised that to be confident, you need practice and knowledge. Nung competition, hindi ako kinabahan hanggang ako na yung nakasalang. Nagawa ko naman, pero pag pinansin mo, nanginginig yung mga kamay ko especially nung sinasalin ko yung Cappucino.” (Sir Steve advised that to be confident, you need practice and knowledge. During the competition, I didn't feel nervous until it was my turn. I was able to do it, nonetheless, but if you look carefully, my hands were shaking when I was pouring the Cappucino.)

He was joined in Bangkok by PBCA Director Susan Edilo and Bo's Coffee founder Steve Benitez. And as he became one of the selected finalists in the international championship, he considered it a learning experience which he owed to those who taught him the craft.

The Champion's trophy
(Photo by Paul Vincent Asuncion)

“Kailangan mo yung know-how at yung performance style, tapos ipapaliwanag mo pa yung kape pagkatapos. Kailangang alam na alam mo yung beans mo. Mas mataas lang ang standards ng ibang bansa, pero kaya natin sa technicality. Sobrang ganda ng table set-up nila, at yung mga galaw nila, sobrang galing din. Eye-opener yung pagsali ko on how other countries train their baristas.” (You need to know the process and the performance style, then you'll need to explain the coffee after it's been prepared. You need to know your beans by heart. The other countries just have high standards, but we're not far in terms of technicality. Their table set-ups were very beautiful, and their moves were also skilled. The competition was an eye-opener on how other countries train their baristas.)

For those who wish to compete in coffee-preparation contests, he had words of wisdom.

“Five years na akong barista, pero di pa ako ganung kahasa. Di pa natin alam ang lahat. Nandito tayo sa coffee industry – di lang pasok, uwi, pasok, uwi. Kailangan gusto mo yung ginagawa mo. Paano mo mabibigyan ng masarap na kape yung customer? You have to work for your family, but at the same time, you're enjoying your work dapat.” (I've been a barista for five years, but I'm still not skilled enough. We don't know everything yet. We're in the coffee industry – we don't just work, go home, work then go home. You need to love what you're doing. How will you serve good coffee to your customer? You have to work for your family, but at the same time, you must enjoy your work.)

In reference to the example of Paul Vincent Asuncion, his triumph for the year is one testimony that Bo’s Coffee supports homegrown coffee talents. Bo’s Coffee shall continue to commit in honing its baristas to be world-class coffee experts, acknowledging the value of delightful customer service through recognizable coffee-making skills and talent. 
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Take a peek into The Coffee Book 2013

Wondering what's inside this year's Coffee Book? Take a look!

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Check out The Coffee Book 2013!

Coupons, sketches, and a lot of Philippine coffee fun facts. These are just a couple of things we incorporated in The Coffee Book 2013. We wanted to give you something you could still keep even after the year is over, which is why this gorgeous planner book features original artworks and a lot interesting tidbits about the Philippines and the coffee it offers.

Coffee Book Mechanics:

1.    Every purchase of any food or beverage worth P200 from today until January 31, 2013 will entitle the customer to a Coffee Card and one sticker
2.    Customers must collect 14 stickers to redeem the Coffee Book 2013 for free.
3.    Stickers can be acquired if the qualified purchase is made at any Bo’s Coffee outlets nationwide.
4.    Customers must present the Coffee Card when any qualified purchase is made at any Bo’s Coffee outlets nationwide.
5.    Valid stickers are signed by Team Leader on Duty with the date of purchase, transaction number & total amount purchased.
6.    Customers can redeem stickers for dine in, take out & merchandise purchases. Bulk transactions or reservations are entitled to a maximum of 3 stickers only.
7.    Customer can redeem the Coffee Book until March 31, 2013.

Terms & Conditions:

1.    Stickers will be given right after each valid transaction is made.
2.    Customer must complete the 14 stickers to redeem the Coffee Book.
3.    Customer may combine a maximum of 2 Coffee Cards with a total of 14 stickers when combined to redeem the Coffee Book.
4.    A Coffee Card with 14 stickers completed must be surrendered to the cashier to redeem the Coffee Book.
5.    A stolen or lost Coffee Card may be replaced with a new one but the stickers earned cannot be replaced.
6.    The promo is not valid in conjunction with other promos or discounts.
7.    Bo’s Coffee reserves the right to refuse the redemption of the Coffee Book if the customer is found tampering with the stickers to reach the required number of stickers to claim the Coffee Book.
8.    Employees of all participating outlets, including relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the Coffee Book promotion.
   Per DTI-NCR Permit # 7387 Series of 2012

Check out the preview here: Take a peek into The Coffee Book 2013

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