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 …

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 …

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 …

Hành trang Cupping: Phần 2

Bản tiếng Anh của phần 2 ở đây nhé. Mình thường cảm thấy rất hứng thú khi các mẫu cà phê trong buổi cupping mang những hương vị khác biệt và dễ nhận ra, để lại ấn tượng khó quên sau đó. Thứ Ba vừa rồi, 96B Experiment (một trong những quán third-wave yêu thích …

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 …

Vietnam Aeropress Championship 2016

It's been almost 2 years since the first Vietnam Aeropress Championship (VNAC) took place in Vietnam. As a co-host of this competition, my job includes a final report for the event. 2016 must be highlighted as the year of breakthroughs in the Vietnamese coffee community with the first two globally-standardized competitions leaving a restless excitement …

Waves of coffee?

Credit: featured picture from @onevibe through Pinterest Wave (n): a long body of water curling into an arched form and breaking on the shore. Come on, we all know what wave is! But a wave of coffee does not curl, neither happen in an arched form. It just breaks the way people drink it, talk about …