After leaving the operations and business of Espressoul Pte Ltd in May 2012, I moved onto training and received my Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) in Singapore to conduct WSQ courses. It sprung from my love for coffee and the impartation of inspiration and sharing of knowledge and experience to my fellow coffee lovers and industry in Singapore.
Working with key Approved Training Organisations in Singapore, it gave me new motivation to pursue the art of education and training which I have honed since I started my coffee journey back in 2005.
After approaching WDA on the aspects of bringing SCAE Certifications to the local scene, I was informed that WDA only wanted to focus on basic training for the masses in the F&B industry. They would not want to venture further towards professional courses such as the SCAE Level 1 or 2 Certifications for Barista, similarly for Wine Sommeliers courses. This motivated to me move beyond the Shores of Singapore.
The opportunity came. It started from my invitation to the South Australia Coffee Academy to conduct SCAE Level 1 and 2 Barista Certification for some students there in September. Thereafter, through the network established, I was honored to be invited to conduct SCAE Level 1 and 2 Barista Certifications in Taipei for the prestigious City ad Guild institution in Taipei.
I had the pleasure to invite my fellow worker and friend, Nicolas Rozental to assist me in the certifications in Taipei for 15 aspiring Baristas and Cafe Owners.
In imparting to the students in Australia and Taipei, I learnt from the students themselves in terms of their unique abilities, hunger for knowledge and the humility to receive. I have had the privilege to certify veterans in the coffee industry there;
to Brian Raslan of SA Academy and Johnson Chen, Jake Hu of Taipei, I am inspired by your humility and friendship, and have the utmost respect for your work in your respective countries.