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 [...]

VNBC 2018: The Queen

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

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?

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 [...]