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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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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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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World Barista Championships 2011 – Singapore’s Ryan Tan

Posted in barista, championship, wbc, world on June 3rd, 2011 by Colin Loh

The World Barista Championships are underway! Singapore’s Ryan Kieran Tan (Papa Palheta) was the first of 52 baristi to perform his routine. Check out his meticulous clockwork performance.

[Update: Ryan Kieran Tan came in at rank #28 of 52 countries for Singapore. Congratulations, Ryan!]… Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Barista Trainee at Oriole Coffee

Posted in barista, Cafe, championship, espresso, oriole, oriole-coffee-roasters, singapore on May 23rd, 2011 by Colin Loh

I was formerly a barista trainer at The Line Restaurant at Shangri-la Hotel. I quit rather than having to compromise on quality issues. Now, I’m a barista trainee at Oriole Coffee. Does this bother me? Let me elaborate ….

My work day starts at 7.00 am. I open up the Republic Plaza outlet of Oriole Coffee Espresso and Brew Bar together with my colleagues. I get to calibrate coffee that is… Continue reading

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Oriole Coffee The Bodum Way

Posted in barista, Cafe, espresso, john, nespresso, onirio, oriole, oriole-coffee-roasters, Roasts, singapore, taste, ting on May 11th, 2011 by Colin Loh

On this coming weekend of 14th, 15th May and on the next weekend of 21st, 22nd May, Oriole Coffee Roasters will be making Bodum French Press presentations at Takashimaya Shopping Centre at Ngee Ann City. The baristi instructing the Bodum French Press class are past Singapore National Barista Champions, John Ting (2008, 2009) and Keith Loh (2010).

Of special mention and also an update to this blog post is… Continue reading

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Getting To Do What You Love

Posted in barista, Cafe, jimseven, News, singapore on April 12th, 2011 by Colin Loh

“Getting to do what you love…”

As far back as I can remember, I have been quite lucky and have always managed to turn my passion into a job. I’ve done this with comics and toys for 14 years. Now, I’ve elected to do the same with my other love, coffee. Walking away from a barista

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