Malaysia Barista Championship 2015
25th January 2015 imprints the day which the fifth Malaysia Barista Champion was conceived. After two days of battle, Jason Loo From The Red Bean Bag Cafe won the first place in Malaysia Barista Champion. Jason Loo will then go ahead to the World Barista Championship in Seattle, USA to represent Malaysia versus 50+ other national Barista champions contending to be World Barista Champion of the year.
During Malaysia Barista Championship 2015
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More About Jason Loo
I was a pastry chef turned Barista. I ventured into coffee because the excitement of tasting each cup of coffee is a great experience. So I wanted to know how it’s being done, and try to brew the best cup for each coffee. Every individual has a preference of their own tasting, and I wanted to take this as my duty to brew each cup to the best for my customer. We are the last hand to pass on the great effort of all the hands before us, and I want to brew the best to fully appreciate all the effort.
How many months/years have you worked with coffee or in the coffee industry?
2 years 8 months
Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school?
I worked as a chef.
How did you get started in coffee?
I was just another curious guy wanted to know why coffee is so mysteriously awesome.
What was your most amazing experience with coffee?
That cup of coffee I had which eventually lead me into working there as a barista, The Red Beanbag.
What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community in Malaysia?
More great barista that could share their passion to the consumers so they know the effort we have put in to make such great coffee.
Name a coffee luminary (famous person) you would like to meet, and why:
James Hoffman, because all the research and effort to constantly improve the coffee.
Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?
The founder of The Red Beanbag- Yew Kheong. He taught me my base of how to be a great barista and gave me all the support along the journey. The rest is history.
Do you have a favorite customer? If so, tell us about him/her.
Claire, and she is my partner. She got into liking coffee because of me, and is always curious to know more about coffee.
Besides your own cafe, what cafe do you think everyone should visit?
Three Little Birds. They are putting great effort to ensure people get to taste great coffee.
Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?
Panama. Such small country yet being able to produce such amazing coffee.
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Scuba diving and mountain hiking. I am a nature lover.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A cafe owner. It’s my dream.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or who helped you prepare for the MBC 2015?
Joey Mah. He ensures my coffee is awesome.