Barista Of The Week… Michael Lim, Barista/Owner at
Daily Brew Espresso, 168 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
The Coffee Guide (TCG): If you weren’t a barista what would you be?
Michael: A coffee roaster.
TCG: How do you have your coffee at home? How do you make it and how do you take it?
Michael: Long black & Pour-over.
TCG: What’s the best thing about your job – the one thing that you really love aside from the coffee?
Michael: Hospitality = Unpredictable, we never know what is going to be happen almost every single day, there is no fixed pattern! That’s why I LOVE IT! IT’S THE BEST!
TCG: What is your favourite music? (For work or for play).
Michael: Smooth Jazz / R n B.
TCG: If you’re not drinking coffee, what is your drink of choice?
Michael: Loose leaf teas, just because I like brewing.
TCG: What made you become a barista?
Michael: Falling in Love with Australian coffee culture, where milk based coffee is more dominant compared with my hometown coffee culture, where black coffee is more popular.
TCG: What food do you think is the best compliment to a really great coffee?
Michael: An awesome blueberry and hazelnut muffin, they are best friends.
TCG: Does your coffee style (or how you drink it) say something about you?
Michael: Double Ristretto ¾ Flat White (Weekdays), Long Black (Weekends). Both are a must to start my day, no special reason for it.
TCG: Who would make a better coffee, King Kong or Godzilla?’
Michael: King Kong for sure! We need pure LOVE to make an awesome coffee! I don’t think Godzilla’s got it.
TCG: What is the most exciting thing happening in coffee right now for you?
Michael: People are more educated about coffee nowadays and are willing to experience different method of brewing and drinking coffee.
TCG: If you could pick one spot in the world to sit and have a coffee, where would it be, and what coffee would you have?
Michael: It would be back home (North Sumatra) and sitting down in front of Toba Lake with cup of Mandailing black coffee…
TCG: If you could make coffee for one other person of your choice (anyone – past or present), who would it be and what coffee would you make them?
Michael: My Mom, and it has to be a strong long black.
TCG: As a barista, what’s your next big plan?
Michael: Barista and latte art competitions, learn more about roasting and build my own coffee franchise empire!
TCG: Where is your favourite place to hang out in Sydney?
Michael: Clovelly Beach, not too crowded and very good for snorkeling.
TCG: In a good cup of coffee, how much of it is due to the barista and how much is due to the beans?
Michael: The barista and the roaster (beans) are like body and soul. One is not better than the other. Both are equally as important to make a great cup of coffee.
TCG: What is your favourite kind of tea?
Michael: Earl Grey.
TCG: What is your favourite alternate brewing method?
Michael: Cold Drips and Pour-over