Event: Coffee & Cars 2016

Brunei’s inaugural Coffee & Cars festival hosted by Motoring BN, with event organiser CONFEX was held last weekend (29-30 October 2016) at Jerudong Park Garden and saw very good turnouts. The event was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Brunei.

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Coffee lovers were spoiled with choices with the various coffee vendors participating in the event, including established cafes such as Verve Caffe, High Frequency, The Krema, The Frenz Cafe, coffee sellers who mainly do pop-ups and/or currently sharing space with cube-stores such as Kopi Kocak BN, The Dream Coffee, Full House, Anis Coffee and mobile coffee bar Brewnei. International coffee house chains also took part in the event such as It’s A Grind, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Starbucks. TwentyFive BN,  a startup providing specialty coffee and coffee-related equipment also participated, offering Nitro cold brew to event-goers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvent-goers also had the opportunity to purchase various kinds of coffee brewing equipment such as pictured above (sigh, beautiful aren’t they?). Pertanian Tropikal Utama, local coffee plantation, also had a booth at the event where people were given taster of the locally grown coffee and survey forms to provide feedback on the coffee.

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Aside from showcasing and selling their coffee roasts and coffee brewing equipments, Kapra Coffee Roasters also conducted Specialty Coffee Appreciation workshop which was opened to the public, with special guest Ahmad Hidayat from Latorre Dutch Asia where he shared his experiences meeting coffee farmers all around the world, processes involved from beans to cup and the audiences were given practicals to compare and contrast tasting characteristics of coffee; which were aroma, acidity, body and flavour.

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Verve Caffe took over the afternoon coffee talk session. We were lucky enough to catch a session with one of the co-owners of Dutch Colony, Suhaimi Sukimah where he shared his experience in the coffee industry. Suhaimi also gave advice for aspiring cafe owners and those who want to work in the industry. Verve Caffe also conducted coffee cupping sessions throughout the day, where people can have a try of some of Dutch Colony’s roasts.

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Also present was The Collective, as the event’s Community Partner, with their festival friends including Flint and Steel Borneo, Enya Bijoux, The Fairy Jars and many more so non-coffee/cars person can still come to the event and have a browse at the things that the Community had to offer.  In the afternoon, event-goers were entertained by acoustic performances which could be heard throughout the garden. The days ended with musical fountain shows (which I missed T.T) which brought back old memories to 90’s kids and their parents (I’m assuming).

Coffee & Cars was the first event in Brunei to bring together quite a large number of local coffee vendors and industry players in one space. It was a good opportunity for those who have always wanted to try coffee brews from local vendors especially those all the way from Belait (remember that meme about how Brunei-Muara people perceive the distance between Brunei-Muara and Belait 😛 ). It was inspiring to see people especially vendors connecting over coffee, sharing knowledge, ideas and tips with each other. I look forward to see more collaborations among those in the coffee industry #majukupiuntuknegara

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Motoring BN for trusting me to be ‘Coffee Guide’ for their first Coffee & Cars event, even though yours truly is very far from being a coffee expert and is merely someone who loves coffee and collecting information relating to coffee and cafes in Brunei. However I hope somehow I managed to ‘guide’ even just a few people to try brews from some of the vendors through my Instagram/Twitter posts and Instastories.

In case you’re interested to read more about the event, here are the press-releases on the event:

Check out also Caffeination BWN’s write-up on the event, here.

Check out the video below for snippets from the event.

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