Monthly Archives: November 2007

Hands-on Barista Training Workshop

Update: Click here for latest details

Do you want to make the best coffee at home?

Do you own a cafe and want to improve your coffee business by leaps and bounds? 

If you are interested in getting some real training on being a competent Barista, drop me a line and I will hook you up.

Time Frame: 2 half day session (total = 8 hours).

Day: Weekend (Saturday & Sunday)

Location: Kuala Lumpur

– A brief history of coffee
– Roasting and Blending
– Espresso Equipment
– Perfect Extraction of Espresso
– The Art of steaming and foaming milk
– Espresso Bar drinks
– Cleaning, maintenance and safety

Price: RM 888.00


Best Home Espresso Machine

Updates: 2010

Lot’s of changes has happened to the coffee scene in Malaysia since 2007.

Excellent Coffee Machines have reached our shore in Malaysia.
Check out these great machines HERE.


ETC Isetan

Allow me to qualify “Best”. The Gaggia home espresso machine is the best in terms of the price and functionality. Range from RM2000 to RM2500, these machine can make espresso that is as good as those big commercial machine you see in Starbucks, Dome or Gloria Jeans. In fact, I consistently make better coffee than those big coffee chains.

Conditions to make those better drinks:-
1. Get a proper grinder
2. Get quality fresh coffee beans
3. Get the proper skills

With the above conditions, you can always make better coffee at less than RM2.

ETC Concept is having a roadshow at Isetan, KLCC. If you are Isetan Club Members, they are giving you RM200 discount. It’s a bargain. I also heard that they current have a second-hand Gaggia Classic for sale at RM1500. Grab it while it is hot.

Starbucks’ Blackberry Green Tea Frappe

Just in case some people think that I have nothing good to say about Starbucks, here are the things I appreciate about Starbucks:-

1. Biggest influence in Malaysia (probably the world) in making it hip and cool to pay
RM10++ for a latte.
2. Of all the Coffee chains , they have set the highest standards (though average at best)
in espresso preparation. At least I have never seen a “dead shot” of espresso sitting
there waiting for the next customer. Those who commits such horrible “evil” in the
espresso world, you know who you are.
3. Free Wireless Internet Access. Those who don’t provide such affordable service are
definitely daft. It cost less than their RM10++ latte a day.

Of course, their high standard of espresso preparation is on the way “DOWN”, since their policy to switch to Super-Auto machine. Click here for details.

Usually I don’t fancy their ICE-Blended drinks. Too sweet. But that has just changed.

Enter their Blackberry Green Tea Frappe.

Green Tea Frappe

Nice. In fact pretty nice. Give it a try but it cost more than a RM10++ latte. I think at least RM14.