* July 25 - The Philippine Barista Challenge 2013 NCR eliminations was held at the Philippine Barista and Coffee Academy. Eva "Dada" Igdanes represented the cafe in this competition, carrying our new name for the first time! Jaycee Martinez, owner and roaster of Luca and Tosh Coffee Lab (the source of our freshly roasted specialty coffees!), also joined the competition together with Larry Lloyd Andrada of Kuppa Roastery (yup, he's the "Larry" in our delicious Larry Blend roasted by Jaycee!). We're also glad to meet old and new barista friends during the competition. It's too bad we weren't able to watch the finals during the WOFEX. Congratulations to Larry and Miko Simangan!
|Dada pulling an espresso shot|
|Jaycee Martinez of Luca and Tosh Coffee Lab|
|Our new barista friends!|
* July 27 - Gabes Torres' second album launch was a complete success! Amazing amazing performances from the front acts (Laika, Paula, Coy, and Althea) and Gabes and her amazing band. It's been awhile since I've watched a gig of any kind. "Wonder" brought back memories of Cafe Antonio Sessions back in LB Square. "Wonder" by Gabes Torres is available at the cafe. Proceeds will go to an orphanage called Bahay Tuluyan in Victoria, Laguna.
|Gabes Torres and her Osam Band|
|The jam-packed crowd|
|Coy Nazario all the way from Bulacan!|
|Album for sale at the cafe!|