Event: Coffee Convention 2016

Sunday, 2nd October 2016 saw Brunei’s first Coffee Convention, organised by Big BWN Cookout (@bigbwncookout), Kaleidoscope Studio (@ks.bn) and Matadoe Cafe (@matadoe.co). The event was held from 2.00 PM to 8.00 PM at Matadoe Cafe, Level 1 of Airport Mall, with pretty good turnouts.

Here is a short compilation of scenes that I managed to capture during the brief time I was at the event:

Participating vendors include, Brunei’s mobile coffee bar Brewnei (@brewnei), Aoyama Coffee (@aoyamacoffee), The Colony Tea Room (@colony_tea_room), TwentyFive Brunei (@twentyfive.bn) a startup focusing on Brunei’s coffee scene, homegrown coffee producer Pertanian Tropikal Utama and other vendors selling food. I learned that the plantation is at Labi in Belait district, and at the moment only dark roast coffee powders are being sold at Rimba.


It’s A Grind (@itsagrindbrunei) was also there and I was introduced to my first Nitro cold brew. It was smooth, clean with slightly bitter aftertaste.


Aoyama Coffee conducted demos to showcase the difference between underextraction, overextraction and coffee that’s just right! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the demo as our latte art class overran. I did get a chance to try their brew.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe latte art class at the Coffee Con was conducted by Chung Chee Yang (@jingash123), who is an 18 year old self-taught latte artist. So young, and so talented. He was also very patient dealing with our many questions. Thanks to him, my first experience at handling coffee making equipment and making latte art felt less daunting.

You can see our latte ‘arts’ below. If you look closely you can see an upside down club (as in a game card), a Pokeball, a side profile of a butterfly, a spinach… Yeah I know what you’re thinking. We’re pretty amazed ourselves too 😛 OK fine, they were all supposed to be heart-shaped. After the lesson, we came to appreciate baristas more. It was definitely harder than it seems. There are so many factors that go into the making a latte art. Kudos to all the baristas out there!


Another highlight of the day was bumping into the nice and friendly duo behind Caffeination BWN. Head over to their Instagram (@caffeinationbwn) and blog to read about their coffee adventures in Brunei and beyond.

All in all, I had a great time at the Coffee Convention, not only did I get to enjoy a few cups of coffee I also learned a thing or two. Good job to the organisers! Hopefully there will be more events like this in the future.

You can read news articles about the event here and here.

Thank you for reading! 🙂



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