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April 1, 2019

LOVE FOR COFFEE, LOVE FOR COUNTRY, AND THE WOMEN IN COFFEE (PART 2 of 2)

(Read Part 1 HERE)

 

The Art of Coffee
It was also in Café Asia that I met Vivian Lees. She is a Malaysian coffee lover who wants to be a barista.

As her poster states: Vivian feels that coffee is more than a drink. It has a distinctive color which creates vintage, sepia brown tones, the shades of coffee have a sentimental quality that makes the artwork more pleasing to the eye.

Inspired by my fellow Filipinos’ recent food trip at Singapore’s Jalan Sultan where heritage architecture is evident, I bought a postcard that shows Penang’s heritage architecture. I told her it’s a place in her country that I’ve always wanted to visit. Vivian smiled and gave me a free postcard that shows the Marina Bay Sands. In return, I gave her a copy of PCBI’s The Ultimate Coffee Guide. I hope she will enjoy reading the stories behind the coffees in our country, including the inspiring Filipinas from different aspects of our industry who help each other.

Vivian Lees and me

Cooperation not Competition Through Coffee
For three days, IWCA leaders and members shared coffees, food, and took turns in manning the booth when we had to eat, want to go around the expo, or take bathroom breaks. They say time flies when you are having fun so after packing our materials to bring back to our respective countries, we had a group shot on the last day. We promised to keep in touch and see each other this May in THAIFEX where ACF and IWCA will have a side-by-side booth once again.

The experience in Café Asia showed me the will and wisdom of women to make an impact not just in their family but also in their community and in their country. And with the help of IWCA and ACF, they will continue to flourish in the Southeast Asian region and in the rest of the world.

As my friend, Ros Juan said, “If you can change the life of one woman, imagine how she can change the lives of other women.”

 

 

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