VNBC 2019: Mai

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

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 [...]

A Cupping Kit: Part 3

A Cupping Kit: Part 3

Welcome back! This is the final part of "A Cupping Kit" and as mentioned before, I will be presenting mostly my personal opinions on how to best improve your palete for better coffee evaluation based on my practical experience. Again, please click here if you prefer Vietnamese version of this post. Before getting started, there [...]

VNBC 2018: The Soldier

VNBC 2018: The Soldier

Meeting Enma the first time in Vietnam Aeropress Championship (VNAC) 2016, I never thought that, some day in the future, this barista would be one of the bravest soldiers in our coffee industry. As a competitor in VNAC 2016, she stood out of the crowd with a lovely face, soft and clear voice and adorable [...]

VNBC 2018: A New Face

VNBC 2018: A New Face

I love competitions for many reason, one of which is that it’s full of surprise. Vietnam National Barista Championship (VNBC) 2018 witnessed a number of newbies coming on stage and showing what they’ve got for the first time ever. While other barista peers gained their first hard lessons of competing professionally, Bill made his way [...]