After years drinking coffee in all the famous coffee chains, namely Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaves and San Francisco Coffee… satisfaction not found.
- Expensive. The smallest size latte nowadays cost RM 8.00 and above. And if you even dare try one of the drinks on promotion, inevitably cost RM 10 and above.
- Fresh they are NOT. Unfortunately coffee beans are unlike tea or wine where age makes better. The optimum of coffee freshness is between 1 week to 2 weeks from roasting. Go to any major coffee chains, look at the bags of coffee beans there. They never show roasting dates, only expiry date. I can safely say their coffee beans are at least 6 months old. In fact, if you ask the managers, they have no idea.And regardless of what they tell you about how advance is their packaging, you cannot stop the coffee beans from deteriorating. Forget about nitrogen flush. They are like those anti-aging cream. Do you really expect them to stop aging?
- The Barista. Real baristas are profesionals. They are highly skilled. They know their coffee. 99% of the barista out there sorely lack the skills and passions.Note: I am generalising here. I’m sure there are some good barista in Malaysia. If you are one of them, do contact me. I will surely come and give you business.But alas, most don’t even know how to froth the milk properly.
Where then are the good coffee?