Was in Subic for the first time (would you believe?!) in my entire existence to train the baristas and crew of an up and coming coffee shop across the Royal Duty Free Shop. Owned and managed by a dynamic entrepreneur by the name of Des Ignacio, SCHATZY will open its doors to caffein-craving javaholics on December 17, 2011.
The crew was enthusiastic and fun to work with -- no bragging rights (I used to be from Starbucks...we did it this way and not that...), no excess baggage and best of all, no fat egos to deal with and/or shoot down! As such the training went smoothly and lasted no more than 3 hours. Heck, the entire drive was even longer... Good for me since I had more than enough time to scour the Duty Free Shops nearby!
The first order of buisness was to train them how to PROPERLY extract espresso using a semi-automatic machine... This is an essential step since almost all of the recipes require espresso shots. Furthermore, it helps big time that the espresso machine used, this one an ASTORIA, is of good make and easy to operate.
Watch out for the opening... Best wishes to Des and her new venture!