October 23, 2009
ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.7 out of 5.0
"The Green Tea Frappuccino was most refreshing..."
Raymond So's passion for coffee -- specifically espresso and espresso preparation, led him to be one of the most promising Coffee supplies distributors in Manila. I love their Baristo Coffee Beans, which come in Premio Blend (100% Arabica), Netto Blend (Cafe Blend), and Ricco Blend (80% Arab., 20% Rob.). A lot of people loved the hot and even the cold frappuccino mix, particularly the familiar taste of Green Tea Frappuccino.
Joining the taste test was one way for Raymond to share his passion with others, and it's the closest thing to having his own coffee shop.
When I was still in college (I went to La Salle, and there was a Starbucks in Torre Lorenzo), I fell in love with coffee. While I credit chain coffee shops for this passion for coffee, I wanted to put up my own coffee shop. Eventually, I went to various local food expos to check out espresso and coffee-brewing equipment, but nothing ever materialized. A year later, as I was attending a trade expo in Fujian, I came across a company selling coffee vending machines in China with a sole Southeast Asian distributor in Singapore. A few months after this, I flew to Singapore. After I got dealership of these vending machines, I expanded the line to include professional and domestic espresso machines from Italy, syrups and frappuccino mixes from the US, and espresso smallwares also from the US! In effect, my story is that from originally planning to own a coffee shop, I ended up being a coffee supplies distributor.
I love espresso and espresso preparation. It would be best if I can let fellow foodies taste the premium coffee products that I am distributing.
Spidem Trevi Digital Plus - P46,000.00
Spidem MyCoffee with Rapid Steam - P35,500.00
Wingkin 330B Espresso Pod Machine - P19,999.00
Magister Stella Lever Type 1grp - P140,000 packaged with grinder
Magister ES100 Stilo 2grp Volumetric - P240,000.00 with grinder
Baristo Coffee Beans:
Premio Blend (100% Arabica) - P300/500g
Netto Blend (Cafe Blend) - P300/500g
Ricco Blend (80% Arab., 20% Rob.) - P270/500g
Big Train Flavored Syrups: All P250.00/750ml bottle
Banana Nut Cream
Splenda- Vanilla (No sugar added)
Splenda - Hazelnut
Big Train Smoothie Mixes (Frappuccino mix) P1200.00/1.6kg bag
20 Below Frozen Hot Chocolate
Cookies and Cream*
Vanilla (plain, for from scratch drinks)
* Items with an asterix were flavors we handed out at the Ultimate Taste Test 2.0 Event
Raymond N. So
El-Kapitan Food Enterprise
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. The Ultimate Ultimate Taste Test 3 for this year will be held on November 8, 2009, Sunday, 11am to 2pm in a secret location somewhere in the Fort Area. The location will only be revealed to people participating in the event.
This is open to all OAP Readers and Bloggers! Please reserve your spot by emailing Rache at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will only have a maximum of 300 foodies to be part of the event.
If you are a food supplier and you want to join the Ultimate Taste Test Challenge, just email Rache to reserve your spot. This will be the biggest Ultimate Taste Test and the last for the year.