barista guild asia alumni fellowship

Alumni Testimonials

 

#1

"...they go beyond that initial training. They develop character within a person..."

 
 

"Prior to joining BGA, it was more of a hobby, albeit a serious one. With an espresso machine or two at home, and a couple of brewing devices, most of my knowledge had come from reading and viewing online videos, with little hands on training. It was recommendations from BGA students that tipped the scales in favour of me signing up, and frankly, it was one of the BEST decisions I've made in terms of coffee.'

"BGA, first and foremost, has the right people and absolutely fantastic quality of trainers delivering the course contents and practical training. They took me from what I'd consider having absolutely basic knowledge, and inculcated within me, all of the proper training and procedures to deliver consistent quality in my shop. Being a SCA certified training centre, BGA will make you a proper barista, and will ensure that you develop good habits dealing with coffee, it's associated tools and machinery."

"But they go beyond that initial training. They develop character within a person, which ultimately boosts confidence of the student. Alumni members also enjoy continuing coffee and hospitality education at special rates which is one of the perks of being a student here."

— Taufique, owner of Code:Black Espresso


2015-2016

BGA Professional Barista Training Level I

Scentone Flavorist

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Code:Black Espresso

B-G-9, Emerald Avenue, Jalan PS 11, Selayang -

Kepong Highway, Prima Selayang, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor

 
 
 

#2

"My experience with BGA never truly stopped when I was handed my certificates, it was always active and always engaging."

 
 

"I’ve always thought myself as being extremely fortunate to have started of my journey in Specialty Coffee with BGA. With the guidance and education from Daniel Liew and David Leong, I was able to build an extremely solid foundation for my journey as a Barista. Armed with the lessons and knowledge imparted to me, I went ahead to apply for a job as a barista for the first time. Having applied all that I have learnt from BGA, I quickly found myself to be learning faster on the job than my counterparts. When I was confident that I was comfortable with a career path in Specialty Coffee, I went ahead and started my café, VCR.

Even when I was busy with my new venture, BGA was always there as a support pillar. We had cooperatively conducted coffee sharing sessions, cupping sessions and hosted some guests together. My experience with BGA never truly stopped when I was handed my certificates, it was always active and always engaging. The relationship that I’ve built with BGA over the years, 5 and counting, is nothing short of a blessing. Thanks to BGA, my knowledge, and relationship with the Specialty Coffee industry has grown leaps and bounds.

 

VCR and BGA has a common vision, which is to see the Specialty Coffee industry of Malaysia grow. And it’s together that we’ve seen amazing growth. There was a lot of sacrifice on both of our parts, but we had stuck through it all thick and thin. What started off as a simple pursuit of a certificate to prepare myself in a career has turned into a long lasting symbiotic relationship between two entities with a common vision. It’s more than what I’ve signed up for and I couldn’t be more grateful."

— Andrew Lee, owner of VCR


2013

BGA Professional Barista Training level i

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VCR

2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang,

50150 Kuala Lumpur

(pudu branch)

 

31, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru,

59100 Kuala Lumpur

(Bangsar branch)

 
 
 

#3

"Through BGA, I’ve transformed myself from just ordering coffee as customers do, to making one for myself and for friends and customers..."

 
 

"Just about one year ago (2017), I met Daniel at an Event. Back then, I thought it’s all so easy, and just hire someone to do it (start a cafe). Daniel changed my mind and convinced me to take up a course on operations, and learning about coffee and how to do it myself. I’m glad I did.

I took up an Operations course at Barista Guild Asia (BGA), but because I’d like to learn more about my machine and using it right from the start, BGA’s team actually conducted part of the Course at my restaurant “Red Clementine”.

It didn’t stop there. Once in a while, you’ll find someone in a BGA uniform making coffee at Red Clementine. Not because they work part time here, it’s because they do check up on us and pay a visit once in a while - and when they do, they get to make their own coffee :)

Other than that, BGA also lends a hand when we organise coffee events like Coffee Appreciation Session and Latte Art Throwdown. Never imagined that to happen in a little town like Kajang!

All these transformations in myself, I really have to thank Daniel, and PA who linked us up, for supporting me and my team all this while for without the push and motivation, things may have turned the other way. As an owner, I’m now able to make all types of coffee (though not perfect in my latte art and for the first time in my life, etched a bunny!) including basic hand brew with the V60 from the Foundations Course on Hand Brew, and talk about coffee with enthusiasts and coffee addicts; make cocktails and surprise mocktails from a Mocktail course.

Through BGA, I’ve transformed myself from just ordering coffee as customers do, to making one for myself and for friends and customers; and sometimes I’m just proud of myself for that. More to come, of course! I plan to up my skills in hand brewing coffee and latte art.

Thanks for pushing me through it all, and giving us your support, BGA! <3"


— Vickey Chen, owner of Red Clementine by Epulae Sdn. Bhd.


2017

BGA Professional Barista Training Level I

Introduction to v60

CAFÉ OPERATIONS

 Vickey, PA, and Daniel Liew at the opening of Red Clementine.

Vickey, PA, and Daniel Liew at the opening of Red Clementine.

 

Red Clementine by Epulae Sdn. Bhd.

3A & 5 MKH Boulevard

Kajang, 43000, Selangor

 
 

#4

"When I consider all the coffee championships that I have participated in, it made me appreciate even more the origin of my initial growth - BGA."

 
 

"My name is Leng Leng, currently working as a QC / Operational Trainer for 103 Coffee Workshop. I began my career as a barista since 2013, and I met David Leong & Daniel Liew in the midst of my career. I still remember how Daniel brought me notes of how to dial in espresso at my first workplace, and it triggered my curiosity to know more about coffee. I completed my SCA Barista Skills Beginner & Intermediate in 2015, and continuously participated in events such as cuppings, espresso sensory classes, workshops & sharing sessions till this day.

Before I took my exams, BGA has been a platform for many new baristas to compete, to understand who we are and even what we need to improve. I completed my first Barista Championship preliminary round at BGA, and for the subsequent years BGA has been the sponsored venue for us to present and perform our best self to the judges.

To me, BGA is my second home. They will always be there to support us and provide guidance and understanding. When I consider all the coffee championships that I have participated in, it made me appreciate even more the origin of my initial growth - BGA. With all the great opportunities that have been provided, we the BGA alumni even acquired the chance to learn about judging as well as to judge in competitions.

I sincerely believe that one person’s growth is attributed to the support, encouragement and advice from many people. The coffee industry is like a huge puzzle. It consists of many pieces for us to assemble, hence we need even better understanding of what coffee is and should be. Good customer service, good understanding from seed to cup, and even greater interpretation of customers’ needs will make us a better barista.

Thank you."

Loo Choy Leng, Quality Control & Operational Trainer from 103 Coffee Workshop


2015-2017

BGA Professional Barista Training Level I

Espresso Sensory

 Loo Choy Leng competing in 2015. She is currently employed as a Quality Control &amp; Operational Trainer at 103 Coffee Workshop.

Loo Choy Leng competing in 2015. She is currently employed as a Quality Control & Operational Trainer at 103 Coffee Workshop.

 

103 Coffee Workshop

103, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling,

57000 Kuala Lumpur

 
 

#5

"There were no dull moments during our 3 days there as the classes were fun, engaging and everyone there were very friendly and helpful."

 
 

"My café Rendezbrew started on the 16 of November 2016, we had a soft launch focusing on mainly our food & beverage and things hit off pretty well. We had good feedback from our customers saying that our food is delicious and compared our coffee to other cafes saying that our coffee tastes a lot better than others. We were happy to hear that we were able to position ourselves slightly different from others in a sense that we do not compromise in our quality when preparing and serving our food and drinks to our customers .

In terms of food, my partner and I are blessed to have my younger brother who studied culinary arts in Taylor’s University College to help take care of the kitchen for us. While my partner and I took up a 3 day Barista Foundation course with BGA.

Being business owners of a café, we knew that we would need to know our coffee in order to maintain our standards and not rely on our staff to tell us what is right and what is wrong. This way, we ourselves will know what is right and what is wrong and avoid being cheated just in case. Spending 3 days with BGA helped us with just that. Not only did we learn how to make coffee, we understood coffee. Being able to understand what makes our coffee tick led us to being able to find the right machines, the right beans and the best sweet spot for the beans we chose. Having the knowledge that Daniel Liew imparted to us also led us to being able to tinker with different methods to brew different types of coffee. For example, our cold brew coffee which many claim to also be one of the best that they have tasted. We are very thankful for the knowledge that we learned from our 3 days at BGA and hope that every coffee enthusiast would also benefit from the knowledge that they so willingly impart to others.

The team at BGA and their head honcho, Daniel Liew made everyone feel welcomed at BGA. There were no dull moments during our 3 days there as the classes were fun, engaging and everyone there were very friendly and helpful. Daniel was able to create an environment where learning was fun but was still able to focus on the details that we were required to learn. Up till this day, my partner and I are able to remember most of what we have learned from BGA and we continue to use that knowledge at our business every day, training new team members, maintaining our coffee standards and experimenting on new ways to bring out different tastes from our coffee. We would definitely recommend anyone who is planning to start a café business to learn from BGA before moving forwards or even if it is just someone who loves coffee.

Thanks Barista Guild Asia."

Daniel Sien, co-founder of Rendezbrew


2016

BGA Professional Barista Training Level I

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Rendezbrew

No.11, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7,

Taman Tun Dr. Ismail,

60000, Kuala Lumpur

 
 
 

#6

"All in all a very good learning experience for those looking to gain coffee knowledge with a group of fun and passionate people."

 
 

We started Miru Dessert Café in September 2015. As I had zero experience in the F&B Industry, I decided to go for the [Professional Barista Training (SCAE) Level Foundation & Intermediate] at BGA in May 2015 before we launched the café. There was a shortage in the supply of Baristas in our local market, hence I decided to go for the coffee course myself so that I can train my own in-house baristas in the future. The trainers at BGA provided strong support for a total beginner like me, giving us information on local coffee market as well as practical cafe operation advices throughout the course. This boosted my self-confidence for my new venture, and also enabled me to set up an in-house barista training system for my café. This saved a lot of staffing cost for me as hiring a skilled barista is costly, and experienced baristas that did not go through proper training like the SCAE courses may not be suitable for my café.

In addition, during the course I met many café operators and suppliers, helping me to establish a wider network in the cafe industry. BGA trainers also continue to provide me with support even after the course. They have been my mentors up till today and I am really grateful for that. They have been my go-to mentor when I had issues with new coffee bean blends and coffee machine related questions and issues. All in all a very good learning experience for those looking to gain coffee knowledge with a group of fun and passionate people."

Jolyn Tan, Co-founder of Miru Dessert Café


2015

bga professional barista training level 1

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Miru Dessert Café

62, Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama,

47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor