Dedicated Professionals with proven records of success.
barista guild asia
DANIEL LIEW MING CH’ZE
Academic Director & Co-founder | Authorised SCA Trainer
Daniel is currently one of the globally certified Authorised Specialty Coffee Association Trainer (AST) and Certifier. He also holds professional world certifications from Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and Barista Guild of America, as well as the title of a Licensed Q-Arabica Grader since 2015.
Since the inception of BGA, the team has organized three Malaysia Barista Championships, Malaysia Brewers Cup, Malaysian Aeropress Championships, chartered the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association and successfully obtained international sanction for Malaysia to participate in the World Championships.
Daniel has been featured on BFM, Capital FM, Bernama TV, Star Newspaper, Nourish Magazine, Flavours Magazine, TravelWireAsia and other news media on his contributions in the Malaysian coffee industry. In his other professional capacity, he is also a seasoned Speaking Professional, Trainer and HR Consultant and Managing Director of Direct Results Asia Pacific Consultancy Sdn Bhd.
Authorised Specialty Coffee Association Trainer (AST)
Authorised Specialty Coffee Certifier
Licensed Q-Arabica Grader
David LEONG WENG WAI
Director & Co-founder | Authorised SCA Trainer
David was placed 2nd runner up at the First Battle of Barista in Malaysia and has continued to compete, organize, and judge over his journey as a coffee professional.
Having completed SCA's Barista Skills module up to the Professional Level and becoming an Authorised SCA Trainer (AST), David has gone on to judge in countries all over Southeast Asia, from the Cambodia Barista Championship in 2016, to the Vietnam Barista Championship and China Latte Art Championship in 2017, and of course at Malaysia's most elite Barista Championships and throwdowns since 2013. He has been a Visual Judge, Sensory Judge, Technical Judge and Head Judge for countless national competitions.
2nd runner up at the First Battle of Barista in Malaysia
Authorised SCA Trainer (AST),
Cambodia Barista Championship 2016 - judge
Vietnam Barista Championship - judge
China Latte Art Championship 2017 - judge
AFIQ AMMAR KHAN
General Manager | Operations | Lead Trainer
The curiosity in search of good quality coffee led Afiq to enroll in the SCA Barista Skills Level I in 2013 at Barista Guild Asia. He joined the BGA team in 2015 with his belief, “To teach is to learn twice (Joseph Joubert)”. Afiq worked as a barista, gained experience behind the coffee bar, polished his operational skills and began teaching.
The experience has offered him a wide perspective from the point of view of acustomer to the person behind the bar. Afiq was a sensory judge for Malaysia Brewers Cup 2016 and visual judge for Malaysia Latte Art Championship 2016. He has been featured on Wanita Hari Ini, Malaysia Hari Ini and Berita Harian, to share his knowledge of coffee.
Malaysia Brewers Cup 2016 - sensory judge
Malaysia Latte Art Championship 2016 - visual judge
DAVID TEH CHEE SENG
Ever since he started his career in the coffee industry in 2013, David has earned the SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe) certification for Foundation and Intermediate level, and during his journey in the coffee industry, David trained Professional Barista Training and Junior Barista Coffee Training for teenagers. He tenured at Pickle and Fig for three years as a supervisor and a barista, and currently is the Senior Trainer of Barista Guild Asia.
David has gained the SCA Barista Skills (Level Professional) judging experience and has previously been a technical judge in many coffee events, namely the Malaysia Latte Art Championship 2017, Malaysia Open Barista Championship 2017 and Malaysia Open Latte Art Championship 2017.
SCA Barista Skills (Level Professional) judge
Malaysia Latte Art Championship 2017- technical judge
Malaysia Open Barista Championship 2017 - technical judge
Malaysia Open Latte Art Championship 2017 - technical judge
Handy choo hAN THENG
An interest in mixology sparked the beginning of Handy's passion for coffee, with his position as a coffee bartender in a little cafe in Kedah. Since 2009, his interested only grew and expanded to a curiosity as to how coffee foam could float on top of the liquid and create intricate latte art. Before arriving at BGA, Handy worked as a Barista in Penang and Kedah exploring his passions and perfecting his skills.
Handy has competed in the Battle of Barista Latte Art Throwdown in 2014 and 2015, and the Malaysian Latte Art Championship in 2015 and 2016, and most recently placed 4th at 2017's PIFF Latte Art Championship as well as in the Top 6 of the Monin Creativity Cup. He has judged at the Malaysia's Brewer's Cup as a Sensory Judge, and since completed his SCA Professional Barista Skills module and is pursuing a license as an Q-Arabica Grader.
Battle of Barista Latte Art Throwdown 2014 - participant
Battle of Barista Latte Art Throwdown 2015 - participant
Malaysian Latte Art Championship 2015 - participant
Malaysian Latte Art Championship 2016 - participant
Latte Art Championship 2017's PIFF - 4th place
Monin Creativity Cup - top 6
Malaysia's Brewer's Cup - Sensory Judge
SCA Professional Barista Skills certification holder
WONG YUH WEN
Another passionate mixologist-in-the-making, Yuhwen pursued her interests in the beverage industry by increasing her knowledge and skills as a barista, after deciding she wasn't too keen on working the night-life shifts.
Yuh Wen is currently taking over her father’s cafe and is a part-time trainer for Barista Guild Asia.