MANDALUYONG CITY, The Phillipines – The Institute for Coffee Excellence was officially opened on May 3, 2019 in Mandaluyong City, the Philippines. The Institute is headed by Michael Harris Lim, the 2019 Philippine National Barista Champion and the first Filipino semi-finalist at the World Barista Championship in Boston, USA.
This educational institution offers world-class training standards for the specialty coffee industry and focuses on empowering the individuals that play an important part in the coffee chain who are the farmers, roasters, and baristas.
The institute uses different approaches and techniques for varied learning types and developed course that uses the latest technologies, multi-sensory exercise, and practical applications.
The Institute for Coffee Excellence is the educational arm of Henry & Sons and Manila Coffee Gear. It is also the official Philippine principal of the Global Coffee School (GCS) and a Specialty Coffee Association premier training campus.
Prior to his participation in the national and world competitions, Harris makes a vigorous effort in extending a helping hand to the coffee industry as a social entrepreneur. He supports the coffee-producing communities in Benguet through the platforms he built such as the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence (FSCE) and The Giving Café.