The World’s Largest Cupping Tasting (WLCT)

It's been a year since Square Mile Coffee Roasters launched their first WLCT event, which then became a huge thing in global coffee community. I'm glad that they keep it coming as an annual event by releasing the second edition this year with more remarkable coffees in their usual well-prepared style. Congratulations to Square Mile …

A cup of El Salvador

I have tried coffee from El Salvador a few times before but hardly had any memorable moment with it. Most of the time, it tasted ordinary, especially when Ethiopian and Kenyan coffee were always there to steal the spotlight. Furthermore, Panama Geisha has done such a great job that it's the first and only name …

A Gift From My Favorite Roaster

Today, I received a package from Tuan-Anh, a very good friend of mine who is also my favorite roaster. I was surprised and, of course, really happy. He sent me 3 samples of his latest roasts so that I can try them with my barista friends and let him know our thoughts. We have done …

Quick note: The World’s Largest Cupping

If you’re a big fan of James Hoffmann (World Barista Champion 2007, the author of “The World Atlas of Coffee” and co-founder of Square Mile Coffee Roasters), this is a can’t-miss event.  For those who are curious about what’s going on, the idea behind is to let everyone from all over the world cup the …

VNBC 2019: A breath of Cool-air

She was no-doubt a one of very rare risk-takers that I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t matter how doubtful I was then, Uyen was finally announced to be Top 5 of VNBC 2019. Speaking with Uyen after the competition about her journey to VNBC, I can be sure that Uyen is the kind of girl who doesn’t mind burning the candle at both ends and she actually earned this prize.

VNBC 2019: What should a barista look like?

I guess each of us already had an answer which reflects our own role model.  Having an ideal image to look up to is not something bad. In fact, if someone is a role model of yourself, your way of life appears more specific of where to go and what to do. My role model …

VNBC 2019: Bubble Tea Boy

Seeing Thinh again in Vietnam National Barista Championship (VNBC) 2019 gave me so much joy and expectation. Firstly, we are much of homies so there is always a bunch of jokes and sarcasm when we see each other again. Secondly, I have watched him competing at VNBC every year for the past 3 years and …

VNBC 2019: Mai

Top 3 of Vietnam Barista Championship 2019 is Pham Ngoc Mai – the only finalist works and lives in Hanoi but travelled almost 1,800km to Saigon for competing. When I first met Mai at VNBC Orientation Session, I was impressed immediately by her soft pleasant voice – which I believe a great advantage for good …

VNBC 2019: The Champion

 “And the Vietnam Barista Championship 2019 goes to Nguyen Hoang Minh Luan !” If you find this name familiar, you’re right. Luan Nguyen - aka Bill - was Top 4 VNBC last year (click here to read more) with lots of potential but not much preparation. This year, he came back with more confidence and …

How to get your dream job!

We spend at least 8 hours per day, meaning 1/3 our life, working. Do a terrible job, your life is worse than hell. Have a dream job, you move forward faster than anyone else. Sadly, I have met so many people constantly complaining about their terrible job, terrible wage, terrible boss and terrible colleagues. In …