Last Novenber 17, 2009 I attended a lecture about Coffee 101 by Ms. Chit Juan. Truth be told I started drinking coffee at the the tender age of seven (alternating it with my chocolate drink and salabat when there’s a choir practice). At that age I already liked strong coffee like Barako, have definitely tried Rice Coffee and the parents then had two mini coffee trees at our backyard..needless to say we support and buy Philippine coffee.
The seminar was very concise starting from coffee myths and history, its different species, phases of specialty coffee, coffee trivia-benefits all the way to espresso 101 which we also learned hands on. So I definitely recommend not just hardcore coffee lovers to experience the workshops but anyone that is curious about the coffee lifestyle.
The small group seminar was held at LE BISTRO located at Fraser Place in Salcedo Village which offers a special sustainable food menu which ensures that food products support earth-friendly initiatives and help sustain local farmers.
I just love the interiors, free internet and the serene laid back ambience which is great for holding meetings, seminars and intimate parties. Their main dining room seats over 30 people but for stand up cocktails they can accommodate around 60 people which is perfect for exclusive press conferences. The function room where we had our seminar, can fit up to 2 meetings held simultaneously or a medium size gathering of 30 people. And for a taste of Paris in Makati, there is an outdoor seating area for those who wish to enjoy al fresco style.
I have visited their branch located at Serendra where they share the space with ECHO (Environment & Community Hope Organization STORE) a few months ago so I was elated to have received ECHO tokens after the Coffee 101 seminar. Aside from the fact that their products are eco-friendly, non-toxic, natural or organic and biodegradable, it also supports women’s health care. I recommend as a fellow advocate and as a fresh alternative, buy their Christmas green gift baskets instead.