Going beyond your comfort zone and participating in coffee competitions, attending events as an observer, or volunteering is indeed a fantastic way to engage with the coffee community and enhance your knowledge.

Surender Kumar from Round has made us and Malaysia proud by clinching the GIGI Coffee Malaysia Barista Championship 2023!

Hosted by the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association, the competition was held from 25th-27th May at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The young lad's victory allows him to represent Malaysia at the World Barista Championship 2024, which will be held in Busan, South Korea, from May 1 to 4, 2024.

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Speaking about GIGI Coffee Malaysia Barista Championship....

The GIGI Coffee Malaysia Barista Championship aims to celebrate the skills of baristas and encourage local baristas to improve their abilities through competition. This championship is officially recognized by the World Coffee Events (WCE), and it provides a platform for baristas to showcase their skills, promote service excellence, and enhance their presentation and self-confidence. The nation’s champion will also be able to compete on the world stage alongside some of the best baristas in the world.

In addition to Surender Kumar, the competition also announced the runner-ups:

1st Runner-Up: Tan Shing Win (One-Half Coffee).

2nd Runner-Up: Sam Tan (Discover Coffee Co).

3rd Runner-Up: Lucas Eng (JWC Academy).

4th Runner-Up: Jewel Ting (103 Coffee).

5th Runner-Up: Lee Tar Chen (Drum Coffee Roaster).

Congratulations to all the participants and winners of the GIGI Coffee Malaysia Barista Championship 2023!

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