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.

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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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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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Posted in Cafe, News on April 26th, 2011 by Steve Cairns

I was catching up with CG podcasts today and listened to the Christchurch post-earthquake episode that was really moving.  The city has been devastated we all know … as has Japan.  One of our most respected coffee gurus, Carl Sara, who has a cafe there, has set up a website with some help from Mark Prince (CoffeeGeek), Steve Leighton (HasBean) and Lawrence Brown (Web designer) – a virtual cafe, where… 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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The Big Picture

Posted in barista, championship, competition, News, Rant, singapore, wbc, world on March 29th, 2011 by Colin Loh

“As a barista trainer, I would rather resign than compromise on the quality of coffee and training I deliver.” And I did. My last day in The Line [Restaurant] will be April 25th. Sorry, I can’t bring myself to conduct training in a manner that would set the quality of coffee in Singapore back to the Dark Ages. It’s not what I signed up for.

I posted this on… Continue reading

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Singapore National Barista Championships Day 2 Highlights

Posted in barista, championship, competition, News, singapore, wbc, world on March 23rd, 2011 by Colin Loh

Actually, I’m not even done writing about SNBC 2011 Day 1. There is an information overload from the stuff and experience one can get going to expos like these. I’ve pulled a few shots from a La Marzocco Strada, spoken to most of the SNBC competitors about their passion, their signature drinks, spoken to the judges, got a few tips on how to roast, how to cup, how to blend… Continue reading


The Number One Highlight of SNBC 2011

Posted in barista, Cafe, championship, competition, News, Pulls, singapore on March 22nd, 2011 by Colin Loh

The number one highlight of Singapore National Barista Championships 2011, held in conjunction with Tea & Coffee World Cup Singapore (for me) has to be Oriole Coffee Roasters’ brand spanking new espresso machine, the La Marzocco Strada! This is the first Strada to appear in Asia, according to May Soo of Wineberry, the La Marzocco distributor in Singapore. This is the Strada EP (Electronic Paddle).

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Singapore National Barista Championships 2011 Day 1 Highlights

Posted in barista, championship, competition, News, singapore, wbc, world on March 22nd, 2011 by Colin Loh

I wrote a first draft of a post I extremely liked until the wee hours of this morning, but I felt I was straying from the subject heading too much, therefore, although I feel it should justly be the highlight of this entire event, I shall address it last instead.

For those heading out to Singapore National Barista Championships, running alongside Tea & Coffee World Cup Asia today and… Continue reading

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