Next up, we spoke to Daorong, a true-blue family man who loves his wife, kid and dog as much as he loves his cup of joe. He once worked as a barista after graduation, and also went through the full seed-to-cup experience at a coffee farm near Changmai!
1. TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF!
Apart from coffee, my other true loves in my life include my lovely wife, baby girl and bestie Highland Terrier, Steel. I also enjoy my weekly football, jogs and reading in my free time.
2. HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE?
Cappuccino in the morning and pour-over using single origin beans in the afternoon.
3. HOW DO YOU USUALLY BREW YOUR COFFEE?
Espresso-based at home and V60 pour-over in the office.
4. DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN AND HOW YOU BECAME A COFFEE LOVER?
Got inspired after reading Howard Schultz’s Pour Your Heart Into It and starting learning more about coffee from books, and working as a barista after graduation. Bought my first grinder and espresso machine 5 years ago and never looked back since. It grew on me because I feel that there’s so much to learn about coffee.
5. WHAT'S THE MOST MEMORABLE COFFEE EXPERIENCE YOU'VE HAD SO FAR?
Spending close to 2 weeks in a coffee farm near Chiang Mai in Dec 2015 was my most memorable coffee experience so far. Those 2 weeks were spent learning about coffee from harvesting, processing, roasting up to brewing. Being at the spot where coffee plants were grown made it an amazing seed-to-cup experience!
6. ANY TIPS FOR OTHER BUDDING HOME BARISTAS OUT THERE?
If they plan to buy equipment, spend on a good grinder before any other equipment because nothing beats coffee brewed from freshly ground beans.
7. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR COFFEE PET PEEVES?
No coffee pet peeves, I believe it's good coffee as long as the drinker enjoys it the way he or she likes it. (People who put sugar in their coffee just have not tried the real deal. Haha!)
8. AND FINALLY, WHICH MONTH'S JOE CURIOUS BEANS ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THUS FAR?
It has to be Pablo and Rusty’s Trailblazer blend!