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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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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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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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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Subscribe To Craft Coffee

Posted in Rant on August 5th, 2011 by Colin Loh

image510356501.jpgI read Brian W Jones’ blog, paid heed to his advice, and now, according to Craft Coffee, I became their first Singapore-based customer. Craft Coffee is based in New York, and if you pick up a coffee subscription from them, you get a tasting box each month made up of… 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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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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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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