Bookends

Mr Keyis Ng.
Mr Keyis Ng.PHOTO: JERI SOH

Who: Mr Keyis Ng, 28, is the CEO and co-founder of Cafebond.com, an e-commerce platform for coffee beans that he started in June after a trip to Melbourne.

He is organising a screening of The Coffee Man Film, a documentary on Sasa Sestic, the 37-year-old owner of Ona Coffee, a cafe and roastery in Canberra.

The film tells the story of Sestic, an obsessed coffee producer, and his journey to the 2015 World Barista Championships, which he won.

The screening takes place at 6.30pm on Sept 28 at Dutch Colony Coffee at 113 Frankel Avenue. Tickets are $11.50 each.

What are you reading?

Coffee Nerd: How To Have Your Coffee And Drink It Too by Ruth Brown. It is an outsider's guide to becoming a coffee geek and it's fast-paced and humorous.


Coffee Nerd: How To Have Your Coffee And Drink It Too by Ruth Brown

A layman with a curiosity for coffee can easily understand coffee with this book.

Before I went to Australia, the book helped me understand the nuances of coffee and build my confidence as I talked to the cafe merchants.

I'm halfway through The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos And The Age Of Amazon by Brad Stone, which gives the reader an insight into the beginnings of Amazon and how it grew into the world's largest retailer.


The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos And The Age Of Amazon by Brad Stone

Founder Bezos' leadership style is inspirational. There are some great stories of his journey which have inspired me as I build my e-commerce platform.

What books would you save from a burning house?

The Blue Bottle Craft Of Coffee by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman and Tara Duggan. The book, which meticulously details various artisan methods, teaches the reader how to make a delicious drink, even if he is not a barista. Simple recipes for pairing with coffee can be found in the book too. Making good coffee at home is not as tough as one thinks.


he Blue Bottle Craft Of Coffee by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman and Tara Duggan

This book also talks about the beginnings of Blue Bottle Coffee, an American roastery and coffee retailer. This is a book I draw inspiration from and always come back to.

• Coffee Nerd: How To Have Your Coffee And Drink It Too by Ruth Brown (2015, Adams Media Corp, $23.95), The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos And The Age Of Amazon by Brad Stone (2014, Transworld Publishers, $18.19) and The Blue Bottle Craft Of Coffee by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman and Tara Duggan (2012, Ten Speed PR, $36.95) are available at Books Kinokuniya.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 18, 2016, with the headline 'Bookends'. Print Edition | Subscribe