Event: Figaro Latte Art Competition 2011

Coffee art brought competition to a different level. Figaro, the first Filipino coffee company held its third Latte Art Competition yesterday at Figaro Emerald participated by Figaro baristas from branches and franchise. It was my first time covering the Latte Art Competition and I was surprised to notice the bonding of employees from different branches.
Out of 28 baristas competing to bag the position to join the national competition, Nanz Villacino with his swan and romantic design won the first prize.
Winner of the 1st place got a trophy and a P3K prize; 2nd place Randson Calara got a trophy and a P2K prize and the third, John Michael Felix of Figaro Emerald got a trophy also and a P1K prize. Judges were Francis Serapio of Figaro Famas Fairview, Arlene Torres of Marketing, David Verano and Penny Aquino of Figaro Katipunan branch.
Mr. Mel Verano, the COO of Figaro Coffee Company acknowledged all the support and the participation of all employees on its third Latte Art Competition along with Ms. Divine and other special guests. Participants of the said competition were given only 5 minutes to create their own Latte Art and only 3 minutes during the selection of the final top ten. I personally admired the creation of John Michael Felix creating a bear design and a planet at the finals although the others were scrutinizing the precision observed in their creations.
If it makes you pause and adore the latte art everytime you'd get a cup at Figaro, the Latte Art Competition would definitely push you to create your own design as well. It takes skills and real talent to be a Figaro barista and I must say, I was truly impressed at all the employees, the officials and the cameraderie they have exemplified as a company. Figaro continues to uplift the morale and personality of all its employees with events and activities that'll boost their confidence and talent. It was really fun and it took a while to sip the coffee because the art would just make you want to stare and appreciate the effort and hard work.
Have a cup of delicious latte at Figaro with their skillfully-made latte art today at all branches nationwide.