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Participants of KCC1M Sabah 2012 were hosted by Starbucks Malaysia at the outlet in Suria Sabah Shopping Mall during their trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah recently. En. Salleharon Ahmad, PR and Communications Manager of Starbucks Malaysia, who was on hand to greet his guests, took the opportunity to get to know better members of the media fraternity and travel agencies from Malaysia and Indonesia.

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En. Salleharon Ahmad, PR and Communications Manager, Starbucks Malaysia

A special Starbucks taste testing demonstration was conducted, an introduction on how to determine good coffee. Despite not drinking much coffee, I too joined in, and learned something new. First, get ready a piping cup of hot coffee, with no added sugar, cream or flavour. Cover 3/4 of the brim of the cup with your palm, and smell the coffee by putting your nose to the 1/4 opening.

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Starbucks staff teach the proper way to taste test coffee

Then slurp the coffee loudly – make sure that the coffee flows inside your entire mouth. Gulp down and taste where the coffee leaves its taste. Is it the front of your mouth, middle, or back? This is quite a tricky process as the coffee has to be biting hot. You are supposed to burn your tongue. LOL

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Ina of TV AlHijrah concentrates hard on her fruit cake

Coffee is best drunk with a piece of fruit cake, which you are also supposed to smell first, then only eat. After a bite and chew, wash it down with coffee. Ahhh, heavenly!

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check out the gigantic muffin

After the coffee taste testing, the Starbucks outlet was ours. We were generously served with sinfully delicious cakes, especially Chocolate Tuxedos; muffins, pies and free-flow of Starbucks’ signature black coffee. Yahoo!

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Grace Ong, winner for Starbucks Fresh Face Barista 2012, gives the thumbs up

Those who requested for Grace Ong’s Iced Vanilla Zen Tea Jelly were lucky enough to try first-hand her special brew. Yes! Grace, the winner for Starbucks Fresh Face Barista 2012 was around to introduce her creation to us.

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Rosina Japaris of Evergreen Tour & Transportation from Jakarta, Indonesia, with her son Stephanus, shows off their special Starbucks Christmas coffee and gifts

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Laura Lee of Virgin Communications poses with Momoy, Store Manager of Warisan Square Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu

Check the rest of this post to see the joy and fun we had that night!

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part of the Gaya Travel Magazine team

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