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 2018: Hey Champion!

I met Nguyen-Anh 3 years ago when we both worked for a third-wave café named Vietnam Coffee Republic. My first impression was her friendly, outgoing characteristics with a great sense of humor. I’m glad that after those years, she still owns the brightest smile and a graceful communication skill that makes everyone happy when talking …

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 …

A Cupping kit: Part 1

Image from http://www.home.lamarzoccousa.com The Barista team in Vietcetera Cafe had a cupping session today with their in-house newly roasted Peru's coffee and I was asked to provide their newbies with basic introduction about cupping. This event motivated me to write a note about this fundamental knowledge that every barista should be well-prepared. Vietnamese translation of …

The confession of a coffee lover

I’ve never been more proud to say that, “I’m a coffee lover”. And if you have ever sometimes wondered what people like me were thinking, here is my confession. I never liked coffee… I was born and raised in Vietnam, where coffee has become more than just a daily drink. It seems to be a …