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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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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Toby’s Estate Opens in Singapore

Posted in Cafe, espresso, Meetups, Roasts, singapore, taste, tobys_estate on October 9th, 2011 by Colin Loh
Toby's Estate to go

I’ve known about Toby’s Estate opening in Singapore a while back. I was highlighted to it by way of jimseven and then Deaton Pigot, who opened Toby’s Estate in New York. Blogging has its accolades. In fact, it was the 1st of only 2 coffee places I went to for job interviews.


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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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Coffee Meetup During Grand Prix

Posted in barista, Meetups, Notes, Pulls, Reviews, Roasts, taste on November 11th, 2010 by Colin Loh

The latest CGSG (Coffee Greens Singapore) gathering was held in my humble abode during the time Grand Prix was in town. As usual, the gathering was called up at the last minute. And as usual, the CGSG Gang of Four showed up.

CGSG G4: Steve, Kai Seng, Melvin, Colin (L to R)

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Americano Sans Crema Test

Posted in Notes, Pulls, Roasts, taste on July 8th, 2009 by Colin Loh

While I used to dismiss the americano as a watered down drink, I’ve grown to appreciate it much more after talking to fellow coffeegeek KS. It is much easier to discern the taste profile of the coffee if one is not used to the intenseness of an espresso. Of course, this intense taste profile comes only with freshness of the bean and quality of the barista and the machine preparing… Continue reading

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Brazil Moreninha Formosa – Full City +

Posted in Pulls, Roasts, taste on July 6th, 2009 by Colin Loh

I apologize for the multiple posts of Brazil Moreninha Formosa, but I just can’t seem to get enough of it. This roast was done at a lower average temperature and for a shorter period.

From Eric’s Thermometer, the pour was started at 200 degrees and ended at 203 degrees. The temperatures are a bit on the hot side as the pour had a slight… Continue reading

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Return of the 45 second Pour (2009)

Posted in Pulls, Roasts, taste on June 26th, 2009 by Colin Loh

The 45 second ristretto makes a comeback with 3rd day Brazil Moreninha Formosa. I’m in seventh heaven. This is my GODSHOT! I can’t remember a finer shot than my previous one a long time ago with eCafe Sidamo. Pronounced DARK Chocolate notes, caramel creamy goodness, long aftertaste I wish could last forever.

While many would balk “45 seconds? Ristretto (restricted espresso)? That’s almost twice 25 seconds – the standard… Continue reading

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Brazil Moreninha Formosa

Posted in Meetups, Notes, Roasts, taste on June 25th, 2009 by Colin Loh

Roasted on I-Roast 2 Rec 2, stopped with 2 minutes remaining.
Full City to Full City +

2nd day: espresso, slow drip, 45 second ristretto, gorgeous naked flow. Extremely creamy, long aftertaste. Hint of spice, chocolate notes. I think taste will be more pronounced when it peaks later. Will be better tomorrow or day after. Needs more rest. Fantastic RISTRETTO roast. I’m in love! What… Continue reading

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