A Happy Coffee Bean Month at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

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Last weekend, I got the chance to participate in Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Philippines’ Happy Coffee Bean Month celebration. It was actually the last in the series of Coffee Bean Month events that coincided with the International Coffee Day and lucky me, the venue was just a stone’s throw away from the house. I really wanted to join and good thing hubby relented to take the time off from his Gunpla building, haha! (He finished his Gunpla that night; he submitted it for the World Cup, but that’s another story.)

I was surprised to see that there were a lot of participants for the event that we almost filled the inside of the Coffee Bean branch. Some even came from outside the Pasig-Cainta area. The two girls who sat near me traveled all the way from Quezon City. One of the participants even came from Subic! All for the love of coffee, eh? 😀

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Kim and Pam from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Philippines facilitating the event

Kim from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Marketing Department and barista trainer Pam facilitated the event. The first part was a sort of lecture about the origins of coffee, beginning with Kaldi and his dancing goats. We then proceeded to learning about Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s coffee sources, which are strictly from bean to cup. And that the company only uses the top 1% of high-grade Arabica beans in their coffee. That’s why every coffee sold at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf anywhere in the world is assured of the best quality.

After the lecture (and quiz!), we tried our hands on coffee cupping. We tried 3 kinds of ground coffee: light, medium, and I think medium-dark roast. Our task was to describe the FABA (flavor, aroma, body, acidity) of each coffee. I liked this part because I felt like a real coffee connoisseur, LOL!

Coffee Cupping - Happy Coffee Bean Month, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf SM East Ortigas
Waiting for the coffee to steep

Then we went on to the last part of the program, which was the coffee painting. Ang InK’s (Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan) Rev Cruz taught us some watercolor basics that can be applied to coffee painting. Everyone got serious during the painting session, probably because the 3 best paintings get to win a prize.

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Participants hard at work!
Coffee Painting - Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf SM East Ortigas
Me thinking: I should have let hubby do this coffee painting thing. I mean, he’s the artist.
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Rev Cruz, our coffee painting mentor, choosing his top 3 picks

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to win. But hey, at least I got to take my painting home. Just needs some topcoat to stay roach-free, hubby says. 🙂

I really had a great time during the Happy Coffee Bean Month event. Of course, thanks to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Philippines. Hope to attend some of their future events soon. 🙂 If you want to participate in these kinds of events, make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for event announcements.

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