Coffee lovers share passion at inaugural festival

KUALA LUMPUR: For 18-year-old Daniel Teo, his interest in coffee started brewing when he worked as a barista after completing his SPM last year.

“I was not a coffee drinker before I started working as a barista. But I got interested after working and learning about brewing coffee.

“Now I brew coffee at home and make one for my father, who is an avid tea drinker,” said Teo, who trains at Barista Guild Asia (BGA), a coffee education specialist, which is the first of its kind in Malaysia.

Teo, who is attending a Canadian Inter­national Matriculation Programme at a private college, wants to pursue a degree in agriculture and do more for the country’s coffee industry.

The right way: Liew showing the crowd how he brews his coffee during the Malaysia Coffee Fest event at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Teo was among those who thronged the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here yesterday for the inaugural Malaysia Coffee Fest 2017.

The three-day event, which ended yesterday, attracted some 15,000 coffee fans, gro­wers, home brewers and even youths interested in developing the coffee industry.

BGA academic director Daniel Liew said he founded the guild seven years ago because there was no one to teach him about coffee.

The school provides barista training cour­ses and classes such as introduction to coffee, latte art, and brewing methods.


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