The Fourth Malaysian Barista Championship takes place at Publika Mall
on the 23-24th March 2013
By Caning Jaramillo
As a good Latin American, coffee has always been part of my life. My childhood mornings began with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. My father made it to energize and focus us for our daily chores in the family supermarket. Talking about coffee always brings back memories of home. The growing café culture in Malaysia is finally bringing some sense of wellbeing to me here as an expat, something I could only find prior to recent years in the comfort of my own home.
Coffee appreciation is starting to gain ground in Malaysia. Coffee lovers and new cafes sprouting up around the city are demanding more sophisticated beans and preparation. Internationally qualified baristas are emerging nationwide increasing exposure to, and better knowledge of, what makes an excellent coffee. In general taste buds in the region are becoming more discerning.
The public can now look forward to further increasing standards in the industry with the Fourth Malaysian Barista Championship (MBC) 2013 being held in Kuala Lumpur this year, thanks to Publika Mall, Racing Creatures Sdn Bhd with the support of Barista Guild Asia and their partners, Coffex, Dankoff Coffee, Tourism Victoria Australia, Nouva Simonelli, Fiorenzato, Swatch and Farmhouse Milk.
Over two days, MBC will present a competition at Blackbox, Publika following the same standards as the famous Melbourne Barista Championship. Meanwhile the Whitebox will provide a platform for industry leaders to showcase and educate the public on the varied array of coffee machinery, beans, brewing methods and specialty coffee available in KL.
As part of the (MBC) 2013 promotion, we were invited to a preview of what’s to come via a Coffee 101 Appreciation Workshop at Plan B Roaster. Touching on key aspects of the coffee industry such as its history, origins, roasting and cupping, I came away a little wiser, a little more discerning and a little more excited for what’s in store for coffee lovers in Malaysia this year. March 23-24 are dates worth marking in the calendar for old aficionados and the newly initiated alike. See you at the championships!