Who we are

Barista Guild Asia (Malaysia and Singapore) was founded on the vision to inspire and empower both coffee consumers and coffee professionals. We endeavor to provide the most comprehensive and in-depth coffee training in the industry and deliver world class solutions through coffee education.

Our courses and programs for Coffee Professionals and Baristas are based on the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe Coffee Diploma System. The education system is aimed to meet the needs of coffee professionals everywhere.

It is a controlled and certified system with a curriculum written and updated by the best minds in the coffee industry. Our Professional SCAE Barista Level 1 and 2 Certifications are based on both technical/theory knowledge and practical examinations.

Our Trainers & Speakers


Danny Pang started his foray into the coffee industry with Sara Lee/DE (Australia) when he was given the task of setting up the operations and developing the coffee business for Sara Lee in this part of the world.

In his tenure there, he brought a new wave of speciality coffee from Sara Lee to 4 and 5 stars hotels including the likes of KLCC Convention Centre, JW Marriott KL, Ritz Carlton KL, and Singapore, the InterContinental Group of Hotels from Singapore to Bangkok, the Pan Pacific Group of Hotels from Singapore to Thailand and last but not least, the YTL group of hotels and resorts including the Vistana hotels, and world-renowned Pangkor Laut Resort, Tanjong Jara Resort and Cameron Highland Resort.

A major part of his experience in training were developed during those years when he not only developed the accounts for Sara Lee/DE, he also had to train all the hotel staffs and their respective restaurants on the proper methods of coffee making and serving with an assortment of coffee machines ranging from bulk brewers for Catering and Banquets, to semi-automatic espresso machines requiring skilled baristi and to coffee solutions for small meeting rooms and seminars.

Danny Pang subsequently took his passion and embarked on an entrepreneurial streak to begin his own café business in Geek Terminal using Illy coffee and deploying the first full manual Lever Espresso Machine in the Singapore Café Scene.

In 2009, Danny embarked on a new café brand called Espressoul. Espressoul Café captures the modern café experience of Italy Milan with a coffee bar that also doubles up as bar to serve alcoholic beverages. In two years from 2009 to 2011, he took the café operations to the corporates by managing their in-house café with Citibank, KPMG, Unilever and WPP. During this time, the passion for coffee continue to drive him as he conducts his own in-house barista training and he further pursued education in coffee with the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), an international organisation that is responsible for coffee standards worldwide and the organisers of World Barista Championship held annually around the world.

In 2009 that same year, he was interviewed and was featured in the local documentary show called Food Specialist where he was featured working in his first busy cafe in Changi Business Park and conducting coffee appreciation talks to guests at Ritz Carlton Singapore at their lobby cafe. In 2009, he became the only SCAE Level 1 and Level 2 certified Barista and Authorised Trainer. In 2011, after conducting SCAE sanctioned Barista courses, he became a Barista Certifier for SCAE to conduct certifications for baristas locally and in the region. He was the first SCAE Authorised Trainer and Barista Certifier for SCAE in this part of the world until 2012 Aug when he organised an SCAE Authorised Trainer Course to increase the number of Authorised Trainers and Certifiers to 9 in Singapore and Malaysia.

In 2012, he also helped setup the SCAE Singapore Chapter here and is currently the Secretary for the Association. The aim of the association is to develop the awareness of Speciality Coffee and the craft of Barista, Roaster, Green Coffee Trading and Cupping for the region.

Throughout his coffee career since 2005, Danny was also invited to conduct coffee appreciation classes for the public. In 2009, Asian Food Channel Studio engaged him to conduct regular monthly weekend courses at their Orchard Central Studio. In 2011, he was invited to conduct courses for Delonghi machines. He did this and several other public coffee appreciation and catering service in the midst of his busy schedules of running Espressoul Cafe Operations.

In June 2012, Danny Pang has relinquished his duties in his business and embarked on the Advance Certificate of Training and Assessment Course. He is now fully ACTA certified and is conducting courses as Associate Trainer (i.e. Part-time) for Institutions such as SHATEC and Guilford Training Centre Pte Ltd.
He is also the current Country Manager for Coffex, an regional coffee wholesaler and distributor in Singapore.

Daniel Ming Chze Liew, Academic Director. Daniel is currently one of the very few global Authorized SCAE Trainer and Certifier. He is also certified by the Barista Guild of America(Specialty Coffee Association of America) and Specialty Coffee Association of Europe. He conducts barista courses as well as coffee classes for coffee lovers. He also holds certification from Barista Basics Coffee Academy and TAFE USW, Australia. In his full time professional capacity, he is a seasoned Speaking Professional, Trainer and HR Consultant. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Direct Results Asia Pacific Consultancy Sdn Bhd. Recently featured in BFM 89.9's Bigger Picture section on Health "The Wonders of Coffee" and Capital FM’s Morning show. He was featured in The Star Newspaper Lifestyle Section on Special Cuppa, September 2012.
Danny Hor, Coffee Consultant/Barista Certifier
Danny Hor is well known in the industry as a Body of Knowledge Par Excellence. With slightly under 2 decades of experience in the food and beverage industry, Danny has trained and consulted across Asia Pacific, opening and training Spinelli outlets in Jakarta, Beijing and Shenzhen. In his capacity as a Professional Barista and Competition Judge he has achieved the following:

2002- 2nd place Barista Championship Tea & Coffee World Cup Asia
2003 - Participated in World Barista Championships , Boston (The only Malaysian who as ever participated in the World Barista Championships)

As a Professional Trainer, Danny holds the Advance Certificate In Training and Assessment (ACTA) from The Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore (Govt) and Authorised SCAE Trainer and Certifier for Barista Level 1&2 from the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe. He is known for his candid and high performing standards in delivering coffee excellence.

Ving Lim is the Founder of Coffee Famille 咖啡家, a lovely neighborhood micro-roastery specialty coffee café.

In the year 2006 & 2007, Ving had the wonderful opportunity to learn, work and master the fine art of roasting from Wein Mountain Roast at Taiwan. For those years, Ving was under the tutelage and apprenticeship of the owner Jonathan Yang, who is a well-known SCAA cupping judge, CQI Q grader, and WSC (World Siphonist Championship) certified Judge.

As a Barista, she specializes in pour-overs and siphon coffee. In her own personal capacity she loves her medium roast and it is her signature roast profile.

In 2010 she began to share her passion in coffee by creating a Facebook page named Coffee Famille. In 2011 she started her coffee business as a micro coffee roaster and Coffee Famille was finally brought from virtual to reality. She is known for her modest and gentle disposition and takes great pride in sharing her passion with others through her brewing and roasting of coffee.

Yip Leong Sum is currently pursuing the Roaster Guild Certification of Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). She attended her Barista Workshop in Highlander Coffee Singapore and also holds certification in Coffee Expert, Creative Coffee and Master Barista from Università del caffè (University of Coffee) of Trieste, Italy. She is the owner of Beans Depot (a coffee beans retailer that strives to provide personalized coffee indulgence) and one of the shareholders of Coffee Famille (a specialty café that promotes fresh home roasted coffee beans) in Malaysia. She contributes coffee cocktails recipe to Famous Cuisine Magazine as part of her specialty coffee cultivation project.

Prior to her coffee journey in 2008, Yip was a HR Practitioner that had a career in foreign & local financial institutions, conglomerate and multimedia broadcasting. She had vast experiences in project management especially HRIS implementation, process automation & re-engineering and champion in compensation & benefits administration and system migration from different platforms.

As a partner of LoveyDoveyz, Yip is also a Planner for event & wedding planning. She provides a one-stop wedding service centre to customize a dream wedding for her customers.

Anuar Zamani is regarded in the coffee industry as one of the most experienced Espresso Machine Technician and Barista Trainer. He started 8 years ago at Coffex Coffee at a time when Coffee Machine Technicians have to be self-sufficient and self-taught. His determination began the first time he had to froth milk which was a very clumsy experience.

Since then he promised himself to be a highly skilled Barista and Machine Technician. Anuar has commissioned machines and trained in large 5 Star Hotel chains as well as fine dining restaurants, cafes and chain coffee outlets. He has also participated as a Technical Judge several times at national level Barista Competition. Today, Anuar is a Certified Specialty Coffee Association of Europe Professional Barista and a highly sought after trainer and technician. Known for his nurturing and humble disposition, Anuar is highly engaging and contributes his vast experience to his participants and clients.

David Leong, Lead Barista Trainer, began his illustrious coffee career in Starbucks 2 years ago where he found his passion for coffee there and the joy of connecting with people. Having competed professionally as a Barista, David placed 2nd runner up at the First Battle of Barista in Malaysia. In 2011 he had a short stint at Espressamente Illy where he got much more exposure. David later continued on his career in Starbucks as a Shift Supervisor where he lead and managed a team and full Chain Café for 1 year. He has also been a guest Barista at a top café in China that serves nothing less than Cup of Excellence Coffee and where he learnt the finer art of Coffee brewing. David honed his Barista skills in Coffee Ritual as a Senior Barista and Trainer, pushing himself to the limit and is now known in the industry as one of the top skilled Baristas this country has to offer. 

His philosophy in coffee is “Connecting with People through coffee.” He is known for his gentle and humble kindness towards his clients and friends.


Nicolas Rozental received his Barista training at “La Cafeotheque” of Paris under the guidance of Gloria Montenegro who pioneered French cafeology and speciality cafes in the city of lights. He then pursued further specialization in Indonesia to explore all aspect of the coffee industry from tree to cup working closely with coffee producers. He opened and ran a Coffee Academy for a local speciality roaster and cafe in Bandung conducting barista courses and classes. During his Indonesian stay, he managed the organization of the IOBC (International Open Barista Challenge) and participated as a technical and sensory judge for the event. With a French background and education in the birthplace of culinary and service excellence, 7 years in Brazil, 2 in Kenya working in hospitality and 12 in America in the compliance and training field, he brings a full load of world experiences, knowledge, and best practices to contribute and develop the Cafeology with a new perspective of appreciating coffee.

Nicolas holds his SCAE Barista Level 1 and 2,  Brewing and Grinding Level 1 & 2 from Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and is an authorized SCAE Trainer and Certifier. Nicolas is currently working on completing his Advance Certificate In Training and Assessment (ACTA) from The Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore (Govt).

Our facilities

Our Training Academy provides participants with individual Coffee stations equipped with Espresso Machines and Commercial Grinders as well as a complete range of brewing apparatus.

If you are looking for a coffee training facility to provide your own training Barista Guild Asia has a state of the art training room available for hire. Area: Approximately 700 Sq ft 3 work stations equipped with the following: Traditional Espresso Machine 1 Commercial Grinders Per Workstation Knock Box

Fully equipped stations We are also available for off site training as well as private functions and coffee appreciation classes and coffee catering.

Coffee Catering Available upon Request

Please let us know if you would like to find out more about what Barista Guild Asia can do for you: