Many have told him that the coffee tastes better when the beans are roasted over wood fire as compared to the modern gas roaster. This is even though it costs slightly more to purchase the former.
Tan said that he continues to do most of the work at the coffee roastery himself even though his son helps in certain areas.
“I will continue working for as long as I can. If you want to work like this, you can do it. But that depends if that person is willing to do it,” said Tan.
It is tough, he added, with his workday starting at 8am. While he ends his work day at 2pm or 3pm, Tan said that it is gruelling work due to the heat.
“Sometimes we stop at 1pm, because we cannot take it anymore,” he said.