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A Comp with Seoul...

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Last month a few of the CMCR team packed their suitcases, jumped on the first flight to Seoul and headed over to the Café Show 2017 to find out what’s brewing in the Specialty Coffee world, as well as cheer on our national coffee heroes in the World AeroPress and World Barista Champs. Here’s a little run down of their top five and some words from both the Singapore and Malaysia AeroPress National Champs, on their experiences of competition on the national stage.

Number 5 – Coffee & Café Culture in Seoul/South Korea

The coffee culture, expectations and drinking habits in Seoul, and if we can be so bold, South Korea in general are quite different from Singapore, and perhaps from the rest of the world. Whilst corporate giants may have received a warm welcome, it’s the design-forward specialty coffee roasters that are really making the noise here.

Of all the cafes we visited on this trip our favourites followed the roastery, bakery, bar and retail space model – bringing a unique yet homely vibe to our drinking experience. Our faves where – Fritz, Mr Holms, Momos Café, Coffee Loves Him, Centre Coffee and Onions.We may also have eaten our body weigh in pastries…every day, been hitting the treadmill pretty hard since we got back to make up for this trip!

 Number 4 – Korean Food

Ok so not strictly coffee related but we couldn’t talk about our trip without mentioning the food!! Street food is a big part of Korean life – how sad would life be without an Eomuk Fish Cake stick? Or a steaming pot of topoki? And no trip to Korea would be complete without a plate of Korean Fried Chicken washed down with HITE. We could go on but it would make you too hungry…



Number 3 – New Gear & Beans

There was a great turn out to this year’s expo, with many local and international brands putting on such a good show with exciting booths and the launch of new products.

***Coffee geek moment alert*** we got to touch the Nuova Simonelli Mythos 2, La Marzocco LEVA machine (those levers!), the BKON Craft brewer and what really got us going, the Giesen W140A Roaster. This bad boy is able to roast 140kgs per batch – what a whopper! It was also a great to see Specialty Coffee in action with so many producers and farmers from different regions here to promote their green beans.










One of our particular favourites was the Panama booth where we met one of the Lamastus Family who produced our delicious El Burro and Luito Geisha beans. Get some before it’s all gone, we’re nearly down to the last bag. 

Number 2 – World Barista Champs

One of the main highlights of the expo was the World Barista Championships. Over 60 National Barista champs from around the world battled it out, pouring their way to the coveted title. After a nail biting competition, Dale Harris of Hasbean Coffee, UK was crowned king.

It was a great atmosphere and the guys from Ediya Coffee put on a great show, as did the MCs who made the event thrilling and full of excitement. It wasn’t Singapore’s year unfortunately, but there is always next! 

Number 1 – World AeroPress Champs

Two words…FREE BEER! But really, it was amazing to see the nations come together over coffee – as cliché as that sounds! It was a tight battle, with our local talents Hui Zhen Tan (Malaysian Champ) and Jerald Teng (Singapore Champ) putting up a good fight, but ultimately it was the Brits’ night with a wildcard entry for Paulina Miczka who pressed her way to gold. Loved the jumper Paulina!

And, that’s our wrap-up. We brought back many memories, widened stomachs and suitcases stuffed full amazing coffee which we’ll be drinking for weeks – Seoul you did a great job!

We’ll leave the last words to the two AreoPress Champs we took on the road with us, as they tell us what their biggest learning was from the whole experience:

Hui Zhen Tan: If there's one thing to take away from the experience, it is definitely that success does not come without hard work. I wished that I had practiced more before the competition! However, I can say with confidence that this competition is one of the best things that's ever happened in 2017. I’m a relatively inexperienced barista but I was encouraged to take the leap of faith and take part in the Nationals for Malaysia; it has made me realise that you should believe in yourself and don't be afraid to do things out of your comfort zone :D  

Jerald Teng: The biggest learning I’ve taken away from this experience is to see how I’ve grown as a coffee maker, it’s a real eye opening for me.

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Singapore AeroPress Championships 2017

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What a weekend!

This year we we decided we wanted something bigger and better for the Singapore AeroPress Champs so we took it to Singapore Coffee Festival 2017.

Singapore AeroPress Champion 2017

Thirty-six contestants battled it out over nine rounds but only one could be the winner.

Singapore AeroPress Championships 2017

It was great to see so many home brewers stepping up this year with Jia Hao Koh making it through to the final along with Christian Alvarez of Jimmy Monkey and Jerald Teng of Nook & Cranny.

Singapore AeroPress Championships 2017

Our judges panel of coffee legends comprised of Marian Aguila of Cata Coffee, Terrance Tan of Santino Coffee Specialist, Siraj Salim of Dutch Colony Coffee Company, who also happens to the reigning Singapore AeroPress Champ, and head judge, Lisa Matthews of Leo & Lisa's Organic Coffee Farm.

Singapore AeroPress Champion 2017

It was a tense moment when it came down to the final three with each judge taking careful sips of the coffees before making their final decision but in the end each judge choosing had their favourite, leaving it down to the head judge, Lisa Matthews, to make the final decision, and the winner was.....

Singapore AeroPress Champion 2017

Jerald Teng of Nook& Cranny! Congratulations again!

Singapore AeroPress Champion 2017

Our home brewer finalist, Jia Hao Koh, took second whilst Christian Alvarez of Jimmy Monkey walked away with bronze. Can't wait to hear what happens at the World Championships in Seoul later this year!

Thanks again to the Singapore Coffee Festival team, SPH, our sponsors Marco, Acaia & AeroPress who all made this event possible!

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Eat Chocolate, Drink Coffee - Hello Chocolate and CMCR

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The similarities between these coffee and chocolate are quite astounding from bean to bar, fruit to cup it really is an amazing adventure to follow. It's firstly important to understand the global shift in the way that we consume products which has greatly influenced both industries. This shift has seen more and more people demanding transparency in production processes and encouraging an emphasis on artisanal or handcrafted products.

common man coffee roasters online store specialty coffee and chocolate event

This is something we have seen in coffee with the so called 'third wave' coffee movement hitting Singapore a few years ago now and we are starting to see this trend spread throughout the Southeast Asian area. However, it is not just coffee that this movement has effected, from beer to packing boxes to specialty eggs (yes really, UK online shopping site Ocado has a whole aisle dedicated to them!) the trend is here, and looks likely to stay.

This focus on quality and traceability has been at the core of CMCR's business since the beginning as we strive to bring you an a-grade product every time. Our ethos is know the farmer, the exporter, the roaster and the brewer and support each step to your cup. We want to live up to what specialty means - a person or place known for making something very well.

common man coffee roasters online store specialty coffee and chocolate event

With this premise, we hooked up with the good people at Hello Chocolate to pair together some of their delicious chocolate with our coffee. Their entire range is specially curated to bring together a range of craft chocolates which showcase different textures and flavours. They also only carry products which pay attention to the source of ingredients and show a strong sense of social responsibility towards everyone involved in the production process - just our sort of people!

common man coffee roasters online store specialty coffee and chocolate night

Just a brief comparison between the two industries, both coffee and chocolate are produced by tropical trees grown between 30 degrees north or south of the equator. Although they are grown at different altitudes (cacao in lower, warm climates whilst coffee much higher, cooler conditions), both trees are harvested for their seeds which then are processed (fermented, washed or sun-dried in most cases) to produce the beans we then roast to create the final product.

Interestingly there are also two original varietals of coffee (robusta and arabica) and cacao trees (criollo and forastero) with further species which are hybrids of these being found throughout the production region.

The night was filled with espresso and filter fun as we encouraged the guests to let the chocolate slowly melt on their tongues before letting the coffee flow over it bringing out all those delicious ever evolving flavour combinations.

common man coffee roasters online store specialty coffee and chocolate event

The best part of the night was that all proceeds from ticket sales where donated to The Leukaemia and Lymphoma Foundation Singapore who provide financial and emotional support for people with blood cancers and their caregivers.

Watch out for more events like these at the CMCR cafe both in Singapore and KL, and remember if you would like to host a party or a coffee appreciation workshop get in touch with us here.

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IMDA: New Ways of Work Conference 2016

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This week saw us collaborate with The Working Capitol at the New Ways of Work Conference held at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. The Conference looked at the how work is changing in the age of the Smart Nation, with technology, people and workplaces forming new relationships and Common Man was there to remind everyone that coffee is the fuel!

CMCR at Work: NWOW Conference 2016

The Working Capitol have been at the forefront of this movement in Singapore for some time now, inspiring collaboration in their beautiful co-working space at Keong Saik. At the event they gave us an insight of what it would be like to use their functional but design conscious space, challenging the traditional modus of work. They even had a taste of the added services they provide in their workspaces in the form of a wellness consultation from City Osteopathy & Physiotherapy and the Band of Doodlers documenting the day. You can even get great coffee (it's ours if you haven't guessed already) which they give out free to all their members - sign up now and get those creative juices flowing!CMCR: NWOW Conference 2016

We were there to support The Working Capitol and showcase our new programme CMCR at Work, which aims to un-complicate the world of specialty coffee and bring great tasting coffee to all workplaces. We can supply everything from beans, if you already have a machine, to a small scale equipment solutions. It’s easy and simple to use with no minimum orders or complicated ordering systems - you simply sign up for an account online and can start ordering great quality coffee straight away. By doing this you will unlock special corporate account prices only available to our valued customers.

CMCR Popayan, YirgZero

It really was a throughly enjoyable day and we had great fun sharing our love of coffee with the enthusiastic business builders of the future.

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VisionFest at CMCR - in association with World Vision Singapore

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Saturday 20th August was a very special day for us here at CMCR, we closed our doors early and hosted World Vision's screening of 'Dukale's Dream' - a moving documentary following the life of a coffee farmer from the homeland of coffee, Ethiopia.

World Vision kicked off the evening talking about their involvement in the region helping families and communities tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice. We then moved onto the screening whilst the 50+ guests enjoyed our nitro cold brew coffee and canapés. 

The film was commissioned by World Vision Australia, one of the world's largest humanitarian aid organisations, and follows their ambassadors Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-lee Furness on their journey to the birthplace of coffee. Here they met a Yirgacheffe coffee farmer named Dukale and hear his story of how he is working to raise his family out of poverty with his carbon neutral bio-farm utilising shade grown farming practices. Following his trip to Ethiopia, Hugh and Deborra-lee set up the Laughing Man Coffee Company into order to directly trade with the coffee farmers and spreading the message across the US that something as simple as buying a good cup of coffee has the potential to reduce global poverty. 

This is something that we here at CMCR strongly believe in and one of the reason we strive to be champions of specialty coffee throughout Asia. We establish direct, lasting relationships with quality producers all over the world and consider responsible supply chain management and sustainability to be keys factors of our company. We find that this gives us the ability to deliver consistent, quality and delicious beans to our customers every day. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank World Vision and their patrons for partnering with CMCR to host such a heart warming and meaningful evening. It really was touching to hear how the one small act of buying sustainably sourced beans can have such an impact on people's lives. So next time you pop in to buy a cup of delicious coffee know that it is not just your brain thanking you for that caffeine pick-me-up but also coffee farmers all over the world.

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