Tips on safe and smart shopping at Sim Lim Square

Posted in Rant, singapore on November 1st, 2014 by Colin Loh

Tips on safe and smart shopping at Sim Lim Square. (Grant Rattray, please read this.)

1.   Always take the lift, not the escalator. Why? Because pasted on the wall when you get into the lift is a CASE poster listing all the top many shops getting the most complaints at CASE – Consumer Association of Singapore. Take a photo with your phone and note down the unit number of the
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16 October 2014 Update

Posted in coffee, cupping, Jobs, Rant, Roasts on October 16th, 2014 by Colin Loh

The story thus far….

For lack of a better title due to sleep deprivation, due to cupping 11 coffees I roasted at Mercanta Asia on the same day; caffeine is highest when coffee is youngest, unfortunately. This same fact goes for tea as well, I digress.

I’ve been skiving. On the blog. When I started work for Oriole, I felt there was this conflict of… Continue reading

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Ryan Kieran Tan to be on WBC 2012 Day 2

Posted in barista, championship, coffee, competition, espresso, News, singapore, wbc, world on June 10th, 2012 by Colin Loh

This just in, hat tip to Shin Hao from Jewel Coffee:

The current Singapore National Barista Champion Ryan Kieran Tan will be performing on Day 2 of the World Barista Championship 2012 in Vienna. He will be the 3rd performer for the day, 31st performer out of 54 countries taking part in WBC 2012… Continue reading

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Google Images Coffee Infographic

Posted in coffee, espresso, Rant on April 29th, 2012 by Colin Loh

An infographic is a graphic representation of information, data or knowledge, according to wiki. A common infographic is

SMRT map


Here. Knock yourself out!

Google Images Coffee Infographic



My favourites are… Continue reading

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La Marzocco Out Of The Box in KL on 23rd April

Posted in barista, Cafe, coffee, News on April 15th, 2012 by Colin Loh

Malaysia’s Classic Coffee & Beverage staff, headed up by Jacques Cosset, is organizing an inaugural La Marzocco Out of the Box on Monday, 23 April at 1.30 pm at the Culinary Bar Theater, Taylor’s University, Lake Side Campus, Kuala Lumpur.  Lorenzo will be speaking together with other local industry specialists.  The afternoon will conclude with a Barista Jam, followed by dinner.

And… Continue reading

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World Barista Champion Alejandro Mendez in Singapore

Posted in barista, championship, coffee, competition, cupping, espresso, home-barista, News, singapore, wbc, world on April 3rd, 2012 by Colin Loh

Santino Coffee and Nuova Simonelli are bringing in reigning World Barista Champion Alejandro Mendez to Singapore. Alejandro Mendez will be present at Santino Coffee’s booth at FHA 2012, (hopefully pulling barista duty), as well as conducting a 2 hour Coffee Workshop from 11 am to 1 pm at Marina Mandarin on Sunday 22nd April 2012.

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Preview: Strangers’ Reunion

Posted in barista, Cafe, championship, coffee, competition, espresso, Reviews, singapore, taste on March 28th, 2012 by Colin Loh

Synonymous with winning the Singapore National Barista Championships in each of the 2 years he competed in – 2011 and 2012, as well as coming in Third Place in the World Latte Art Championships in 2011, Ryan Kieran Tan fulfills another one of his dreams by opening his own cafe in just half a year of planning for it.

At 37 Kampong Bahru Road… Continue reading

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It All Started

Posted in barista, championship, coffee, competition, espresso, home-barista, oriole, oriole-coffee-roasters, singapore on February 7th, 2012 by Colin Loh

The year was 2007. I started this blog. I’ve oft wondered what it was like to be a barista or to work in the coffee industry. I spent half of my working life in a comicbook store, which I think is the ultimate career to have, albeit tough work and tiresome nights, but rewarding as I get to read the entire store. And the customers. I still miss the weekly… Continue reading

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Oriole Mac Yellowbird Blend

Posted in coffee, cupping, espresso, john, Notes, oriole, oriole-coffee-roasters, Pulls, Rant, Roasts, taste, ting on December 27th, 2011 by Colin Loh

Oriole Coffee just announced their new Yellowbird seasonal espresso blend this Christmas week. Previous iterations of Yellowbird have been a duo-origin blend, Brazilian and Ethiopian, and this new YB follows in its ancestral footsteps. Made up of 20% Ethiopian Sidama, and 80% of a semi-washed Brazilian bean from Fazenda Machado, this YB proves to be another winner in… Continue reading

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Required Reading – Tonx Opens Micro-Roastery

Posted in barista, brewed, coffee, home-barista, News, Required Reading, Roasts on December 20th, 2011 by Colin Loh

I followed a link on facebook posted by Espressoparts that coffee blogger Tonx opened up a micro-roastery in an article in LA Weekly by Tien Nguyen. This article is required reading. Yes, I’ve even started a category that is titled “Required Reading”. This category will contain my favourite reads from now on.

The LA Weekly article went on to… Continue reading

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