Coffee Masterclass at Garage 51 by St Ali & Tourism Victoria, Melbourne

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    The most charming men in the world are men who truly love what they do.

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    We were very fortunate to meet Matt Perger, World Champion Barista 2013 during a Coffee Masterclass conducted at  Garage 51 by St Ali and Tourism Victoria.SAM_0102  

    The take-over of Garage 51 took place on 13 and 14 June between 11am to 2pm. Matt Perger worked alongside Garage 51 baristas in whipping up some of Melbournians’ familiar favourites such as flat whites, long blacks and espressos.






    I really enjoyed the coffee sharing session, as Matt elaborated on the process from bean to cup. The processes involve both art and scientific research in between. 

     Some interesting facts on coffee…
    –  More than 3 cups of coffee in a day will shrink a woman’s breast size (seriously!).
    – 90% of the coffee beans traded in the world are craps (those used in instant coffees especially).
    – Anyone can make a good cup of coffee at home, with just quality beans. 
    – Coffee contains lots of antioxidants that help the body fight chemicals called “free radicals.” As a result, coffee drinkers are at a lower risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Type II Diabetes, and Heart Disease.
    -Coffee is a red berry before it’s a bean.
    and many more…

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    Matt ran us through a coffee sensory training. Just like wine tasting, we started by sniffing deeply, then loudly slurping the coffee so it spreads to the back of the tongue. Through tasting, we can differentiate the beans by its body, sweetness, acidity, flavour and after taste.


    The coffee culture in Melbourne is so strong that the café scene there is buzzing, with a saying that there’s no bad coffee in Melbourne. When asked about his favourite cafes in Melbourne, Matt listed down St Ali Café South Melbourne; Auction Rooms Café in North Melbourne and The Palette Café in Richmond.   P9200074

    Ah, I can’t wait to go back to Melbourne, one of my favourite cities in the world.
    Thanks to Tourism Victoria for this great opportunity to learn and understand about coffee and also to meet Matt Perger in person. For more information about Melbourne, please visit
    Wanting to experience Melbourne’s cafe culture as much as we do? Visit the MITM fair from 14th to 16th August, 10 am to 9 pm daily in Mid Valley Exhibition Centre. Remember to drop by Singapore Airline’s booth to check out their irresistable promotional air fares.

    Apart from that, there will be fun games and activities for all. Take part in them and you will stand a chance to get rewarded with exclusive Singapore Airlines merchandise. While you are there, don’t miss the chance to sign up for Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer membership programme. Membership is free and you get to earn miles each time you fly

    Admission is free!

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