Category Archives: Cafe

Toast Cafe


Looking for good coffee in Klang? Look no further than Toast Cafe (which to me is already very far). They are serving the Supremo Blend from Highlander Coffee.

Just shows that you don’t need big commercial machine to serve good quality coffee.

Address
G-16 Harbour Place Mall, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, 41200 Pelabuhan Klang, Malaysia.

RAW – Real and Wholesome


One of my vision for the coffee scene in Malaysia is that there is at least one good place serving good coffee in each major shopping mall.

Of course, given more time to think about that, I would wish that there would be one place that serves good coffee within 10 minutes driving distance anywhere within Klang Valley.

Alas, both wishes remained a dream. But shopping malls are particularly frustrating. Two of them are KLCC and Mid-Valley. You know how big are these 2 malls… and yet I can’t find a decent cup of coffee there.

Well, good news to those KLCC fans. No, there is still no good coffee there. But just across the road, walk over to Wisma Equity and REAL good coffee awaits.


You will be greeted by a Diedrich Roaster. Yes, they roast their coffee beans. One thing I wanted to highlight though, having a Roaster and roasting your own beans would means that coffee is FRESH. With almost every cafe in town serving stale beans, it is a rarity to have any cafes serving fresh roasted coffee.

Caution: Fresh roasted coffee DOES NOT necessary means good tasting coffee.
Stale Coffee = Bad Coffee
Fresh Roasted Coffee = How Coffee Should Be Served
Expertly Roasted Quality Fresh Coffee =  Coffee You Pay For

And in RAW, the coffee is expertly roasted.


I believe this is the sexiest looking machine in Malaysia.
It is a Kees van der Westen machine. The Mirage.


A 3-Group Lever machine and all using naked portafilters.


Two Anfim Super Caimano Titanium grinders. These are seriously GOOD grinders. (note to fellow barista: The doser is so good that you don’t need to distribute and level)


There are only 3 cafes in town that I will confidently order espresso, and this is one of them. I love sweet espressos with good body.

You can get your Aeropress here. And I love those KeepCups. I bought 2 of them so that I can make a refreshing cup of coffee and take it with me in the car.

Highly Recommended.

Wisma Equity
150 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mon – Fri: 08:00-18:30
Sat: 10:00-17:00

Artisan Roast Cafe


I think this is the ONLY cafe in KL that is set in the open… No air-con and near to nature. Yup, there are trees around and as anything close to nature, there are others living creatures flying around too.

Well, any coffee lover worth his salt or espresso will brave the outdoor for a good cup of coffee, right?


Yayasan Seni Berdaftar – Off Jalan Ritchie, Jalan Ampang.


Feels like in a Resort?


The Menu


Alang the Barista. Hey, he originate from Jalan Imbi man. No wonder he is so cool.


Single Origin Espresso – Sumatra Mandheling


Lovely pour. Manual Pre-infusion :D


Well textured cappuccino. Ask for a small cup though.

The Espresso
I was pleasantly surprised. I ordered the espresso without knowing what blend they were using. It was bright, good body and lovely sweetness. Then I found out that it was not a blend but using only Sumatra Mandheling. I have not know Mandheling to be sweet. This is very interesting. I’m impressed.

It is hidden in a secluded location. Those not familiar with Ampang may have problems finding it.
Follow the map. X marks the spot.

Expobar Office Control


The Expobar Office Control

Finally, the Expobar Professional home espresso machine reached Malaysia.

Specifications:

  • It is a Heat Exchanger machine
    You can brew espresso and steam milk at the same time.
  • E61 Group Head with Pre-infusion and thermal syphon
    Consistent extraction and temperature stability.
  • Commercial size portafilter with a 58mm double basket
    Make real international standards double espresso.
  • 2.7 Litre water tank
    Enough water to make 50 cups of espresso per filling.
  • 1.8 Litre boiler
    Plenty of steam power to make smooth velvety milk.
  • Multiple Safety Switches and Controls
    Low water level electronic sensor that auto-fill the boiler.
    Automatically turn off heater when low water in reservoir is detected.
  • Programmable Buttons
    4 volumetric buttons to program the amount of coffee to be extracted.
  • Brew Pressure can be adjusted
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Cup warmer with enough space for 12 cups
  • Stainless Steel Body
  • 360 degree movable steam wand with safety grip

Very suitable for small cafe and beverage kiosk.

Price: RM 5,100