Coffee, anyone? PBA players release inner barista inside bubble

Published October 1, 2020, 9:12 AM

by Jonas Terrado

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Magnolia’s Paul Lee (PBA)

PBA players have found different ways to break monotony while waiting for a go-signal to start 5-on-5 scrimmages inside the Clark bubble.

Since arriving at the Quest Hotel to begin life inside the bubble, almost everyone has kept themselves active while they continue to undergo mandatory quarantine inside their rooms.

Teams have to wait for results of swab tests to come back negative before they can scrimmage at the Angeles University Foundation.

No one has been more prominent in being unique than Paul Lee, who has become the bubble’s version of Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler.

The Magnolia guard has been spending the past two ways perfecting his coffee-making skills using tools normally used by a barista, much to the enjoyment of teammate Jackson Corpuz, who has given Lee’s brewing expertise a thumbs up.

In fact, Corpuz called it “The Lethal Coffee,” a sort of parody from Lee’s moniker “The Lethal Weapon.”

It would be interesting to see if Lee will follow the lead of Butler, who has formed a coffee business inside the NBA bubble known as “Big Face Coffee” where Heat teammates pay $20 (P961) for each cup.

Not to be outdone, Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood and teammate Kris Rosales showed their own style using a french press while others like NorthPort’s Sean Anthony and Blackwater’s Mac Belo rely on an electric coffee maker.

Screenshot from Gabe Norwood’s Instagram story

TNT’s Roger Pogoy, meanwhile, prefers to show a slice of home cooking with IG stories of his lunch and dinner, namely pinakbet and sinigang.

San Miguel Beer’s Mo Tautuaa opted for a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich after playing NBA 2K.

Screenshot from Mo Tautuaa’s Instagram story

NBA 2K is what’s keeping Alaska star Vic Manuel and rookie Jaycee Marcelino busy inside their rooms while Rain or Shine veteran Ryan Arana brought a portable washing machine which he can use to clean his own clothes.

These activities, however, does not prevent players from taking part in individual Zoom workouts, which for now is the only way for teams to be active before the start of scrimmages.

But so far, everyone inside the bubble seems to be quite comfy.