Monthly Archives: July 2007

How to save money and get great coffee?

Get your own Espresso Machine.

Depending on where you buy your coffee beans, a 6oz cappucino only cost RM 1.60 to RM 2.10. Of the total cost, RM 1.00 is actually the cost of fresh milk.

So, imagine Starbucks charge me RM 8.00, every cup of coffee I make at home instead of buying from Starbucks, I save RM 6.00 at least.

Therefore, how much would a decent home espresso machine cost? The machine in Starbucks cost at least RM 20,000.00 onwards. A decent home espresso machine only cost you RM 2,000.00.

And I can assure you that with the proper guidance and practice, you can make a cup of coffee that is consistently better than any from the major coffee chains.

How do I know? Heheheh.

The milky ways..

Something most coffee drinkers in Malaysia do not know.

Microfoam and temperature.

Microfoam: Where the bubbles in the foam milk so small, you can hardly see them. The milk texture is velvety. Badly foam milk has big bubbles like soap water. Microfoamed milk is smooth and creamy.

Temperature: I meantioned earlier about burnt milk. Ideally, milk should be steamed to around 60 to 70 degrees celsius. They are not suppose to be boiling hot. Milk that is frothed and steamed to around 60 to 70 degrees are sweet. You can enjoyed your latte without even adding sugar.

Freshest Coffee in Kuala Lumpur

Venue: KLCC, Concourse level.
Name: HOCA Coffee

The freshest coffee in town. Check out the bags of coffee for sale. You will notice the manufactured / roasting date. Usually within a month of roasting.

I don’t vouch for their baristas skill though. I have tried there 3 times. Ever time they burnt the milk in the latte and cappucino.

Where can you find great coffee in Malaysia?

After years drinking coffee in all the famous coffee chains, namely Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaves and San Francisco Coffee… satisfaction not found.


  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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?