Nguyen Quoc Hung, 26, has beaten five other finalists to win The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's 2015 Vietnam Barista Competition and qualify for this year's International Barista to be held in Bandung, Indonesia, on July 28.

Hung, who works at the cafe's Kumho outlet in Ho Chi Minh, achieved the highest score in the competition with an outstanding performance and a unique signature drink made from unique Vietnamese ingredients like rice flavour tea, lotus seeds, and lychee.

The competition had begun in February, with around 40 young baristas working for the chain competing to make the best espresso, cappuccino, and signature drinks.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is the oldest and largest privately held American specialty coffee and tea retailer.-VNA