VNBC 2018: The Queen

Tran-Han might not be any strange name to the coffee community here in Vietnam. Being champion of Vietnam Barista Championship 2 years in a row (2016 & 2017), Tran-Han successfully transformed herself to a role model that every barista should look up to: graceful, skillful and ambitious. Her self-disciplinary and pro-active attitude in working and …

A Cupping kit: Part 2

Please kindly find the Vietnamese edition of this post here.  I’m always inspired by cupping sessions where coffee samples carry distinguishable flavors and aromas which left me a “lingering” memory after finish. Last Tuesday, 96B Experiment (one of my favorite third-wave cafés in Saigon) organized special cupping series with coffees from two champion houses of …

26: Job vs Career

I luckily found my passion with coffee at the age of 22 and clearly defined it as my long-term career since then. It was the time I couldn't think of any other job than coffee-related (barista, roaster, beans salesperson, customer service for coffee equipment company, etc) and it was no-doubt my career. "Job and career …