As the co-owner and the acting manager for Kabayan Brewers in Qatar, Brandon A. Wabe does not only represent the quality of coffee beans from the Philippines but also support the local farmers there to have a chance and showcase the potential of their coffee which he thinks is more competitive as compared to other coffee origins.
A former band vocalist during his college days, the 32-year-old entrepreneur started to work in Qatar in 2018 as a barista and did specialty coffee. “The coffee industry here is good that’s why I decided to work here as a coffee professional,” he, who is a Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate, said.
The former waiter who turned co-owner and acting manager of Kabayan Brewer added that the best part about his current venture is being able to help the farmers back in the Philippines.
“My passion in this field has brought me here, we build our own brand and support local farmers in the Philippines,” he said.
“I love working here in Qatar because it gives me more chance to cultivate my passion, and additionally, it is safer to work here,” he further added.
In the middle of the pandemic last year, Wabe faced what he considered as his ‘biggest fight’. It was when his father died last December, the time when he was only starting his business. “I have to control my emotions and fight back because I need to be in focus at the same time knowing I just started my venture,” he said.
Wabe added that he dedicated the business venture to his family, especially to his father.
He plans to expand the business and make the Kabayan Brewers an icon in the cafe industry.
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