“Have you guys ever watched Chef?”
“We get that a lot.”
With the help of his friends, and his school's management program, he was able to turn the barista box into a thesis, and later on: a full-fledged business.
Now, if you're wondering how Migs' love for coffee and the craft started, his answer is this: "I've always wanted to get into the service industry, but I can't cook." Because of this, he studied how to be a barista at Philippine Barista & Coffee Academy, and worked part-time for several well-known third-wave coffee establishments like Craft, Yardstick and The Curator. From there, he poured (no pun intended) everything he's learned into creating the recipes for the coffee served at the barista box.
Photo grabbed from Mabuhay Magazine.
I realize then that the Barista Box is not just about good coffee. It's about the relationships the team builds with their customers, who more often than not are regulars who go out of their way to get a cup of coffee and stay to make conversation, catch up.
This seems to be charm of the Barista Box.
Here, in the middle of Bonifacio Global City, in one of the most obscure locations to find the truck, pops in a regular. They talk for a bit, throw in some lighthearted friendly banter, then he leaves. For all I know, this guy lives somewhere in Taguig and dropping by for a cup of coffee wouldn't be too much trouble at all. Or he could just be a really supportive friend. But let's just say, for what it's worth: it's nice to know that all over the city, the Barista Box has a bunch of regulars (not on the team) who call this coffee truck home.
Migs is done brewing our coffee. He serves a latte, and after second thought, his signature cold brew. I taste it and he's right: good coffee is hard to come by, but not at the Barista Box—who seem to be in the business of serving more than just a cup of coffee.
Writer's note: I met up with Migs and the Barista Box for a feature on Mabuhay Magazine. Space on the mag is limited so I never really get to write the "full version" of my interviews and experiences with the people I meet on the job, so here's an attempt at it.