Monday, December 13, 2010

Subic Barista Training

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.
Once the crew got the hang of it, now comes the easiest part -- blending together all the ingredients to make a great Frappe! As shown in my previous post, even a 6-year old can do this with his eyes closed, hence it was smooth sailing from hereon...

Watch out for the opening... Best wishes to Des and her new venture!


  1. I'd like to apply for a position as taster :D

  2. You're more than welcome TheWingedPalate, an honor to have you on-board :)

  3. The place looks like it will make good business! Glad to see a PRO is the one behind the training! ;) Happy to know the staff is pleasant and fun. Can't wait to visit and try it out! :)

  4. Latest update: the launch/ soft opening went smoothly last December 17. Congratulations Des!!! Will visit once the Xmas rush is gone.

  5. looks like a nice place to stop by for a java boost.