A cup of El Salvador

I have tried coffee from El Salvador a few times before but hardly had any memorable moment with it. Most of the time, it tasted ordinary, especially when Ethiopian and Kenyan coffee were always there to steal the spotlight. Furthermore, Panama Geisha has done such a great job that it's the first and only name …

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 …

Quick note: The World’s Largest Cupping

If you’re a big fan of James Hoffmann (World Barista Champion 2007, the author of “The World Atlas of Coffee” and co-founder of Square Mile Coffee Roasters), this is a can’t-miss event.  For those who are curious about what’s going on, the idea behind is to let everyone from all over the world cup the …

VNBC 2019: A breath of Cool-air

She was no-doubt a one of very rare risk-takers that I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t matter how doubtful I was then, Uyen was finally announced to be Top 5 of VNBC 2019. Speaking with Uyen after the competition about her journey to VNBC, I can be sure that Uyen is the kind of girl who doesn’t mind burning the candle at both ends and she actually earned this prize.

How to get your dream job!

We spend at least 8 hours per day, meaning 1/3 our life, working. Do a terrible job, your life is worse than hell. Have a dream job, you move forward faster than anyone else. Sadly, I have met so many people constantly complaining about their terrible job, terrible wage, terrible boss and terrible colleagues. In …

VNBC 2019: Bubble Tea Boy

Seeing Thinh again in Vietnam National Barista Championship (VNBC) 2019 gave me so much joy and expectation. Firstly, we are much of homies so there is always a bunch of jokes and sarcasm when we see each other again. Secondly, I have watched him competing at VNBC every year for the past 3 years and …

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: 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: 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 …

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 …