10 Minutes With Tony Tan

Farm visit in Indonesia

Tony Tan
Owner
Tony Coffee Workshop
Singapore
&
Roasting and barista trainer in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, & Singapore.

 

What other coffee jobs have you had?

Roaster at Highlander Coffee Singapore, Head Barista for the Les Amis Group of 12 restaurants, cafes, patisseries.

Tony roasting coffee in Manila.

Tony roasting coffee in Manila.

What’s your favorite part about working in coffee?

Brewing and serving a good cuppa for the enjoyment of others, making lots of good coffee friends regionally, growing in knowledge, and trying to make a difference.

Where do you ideally see yourself in 10 years?

More roasting, and more supplying of coffee-related equipment and set-up of cafes for clients.

Tony and his son.

Tony and his son.

Who and what inspires you?

Discerning roasters all over the world. In-depth knowledge and humility inspires me most.

What are you drinking right now? 

Long blacks, espressos, and drip coffees.

Tony tests the Faema E61 at the Shanghai Coffee Expo.

Tony tests the Faema E61 at the Shanghai Coffee Expo.

Crazy/memorable coffee experience you’d like to share?

None crazy in particular, but its always memorable when attending events, competitions, and farm visits. Meeting new like-minded friends from all corners of the world.

 What do you do when you’re not doing coffee?

Cooking and golfing.

Tony judging at the ASEAN Barista Championship in Bangkok, 2012.

Tony judging at the ASEAN Barista Championship in Bangkok, 2012.

 

About the Author

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.