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 …

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 …

Nước trong cà phê: Phần 2

Phần 2: Xử lý nước Bộ thiết bị đo hóa học nước có thể được tìm thấy ở các công ty bán bộ lọc nước và các website cung cấp bể nuôi cá. Bất kỳ quán cà phê nào cũng sẽ kiểm trả nước, cả nước vòi và nước lọc, xem nước có đi qua …

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 …

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 …