IF you’ve been following the off-court things happening inside the NBA bubble, you’ve probably heard of Jimmy Butler’s ‘Big Face Coffee.’
For the bubble, the Miami Heat forward brought everything you need to make a good cup of joe, including a French press, a pour-over, and a grinder. He sells it for $20 (any size) outside his hotel room door. The menu posted by the doorway indicates that he can make a latte, americano, mocha, cappuccino, and macchiato.
His teammates, of course, are his most loyal customers. They even have merch.
This might have sparked a little inspiration to our own PBA players, who started entering the bubble in Clark, Pampanga earlier this week.
For instance, Magnolia Hotshots veteran Paul Lee, who fell in love with the art and craft of coffee-making over the seven-month quarantine period, also brought his own setup.
The Lethal Weapon revealed in his YouTube vlog that he learned all these through his barista brother.
In his vlog, Lee showed the step-by-step procedure of manually brewing his drink. As his vlog shows, this art also needs utmost patience.
From extracting powdered beans to layering on the milky froth, and even to the ‘finishing touch’ of muscovado sugar, the 31-year-old guard showed off some serious barista skills.
“Nakakalibang din talaga gumawa ng sariling kape,” he said. “Medyo matrabaho lang talaga pero worth it yan pag natikman mo yung kape ko.”
His teammate and roommate, Jackson Corpuz, was the first one to taste Lee’s recipe. He’s not disappointed at all.
“Pre, the best. Maaadik na ko. Masarap ‘to, the best,” Corpuz said.
If their teammate Mark Barroca has earned the monicker “The Coffee Prince,” seems like Paul Lee can have “The Coffee Maker.”