I said that good espresso in Malaysia virtually DOES NOT EXIST go in year 2007.
It’s time to update the list. It is good to say that after more then 2 years since, there have been some improvement in the local GOURMET coffee scene.
Well, I have to say that I am regularly having very decent and good espresso. That is because I am making them myself. But we must understand that brewing coffee the espresso method is very different from other brewing methods. And it is one of the most expensive way to brew coffee.
You will need a decent espresso machine (not those toys you find in electronic shops), a decent grinder (again, not those toys in the electronic shops), good quality fresh roasted beans and good barista skills. Without these 4 elements, you will not get good espresso.
Good espresso is flavourful. Notes of chocolates, nuts, citrus fruits like orange and berries can be experienced. Do not be surprised (or maybe you should be surprised) if you even taste sweetness which I have had many times with good espresso. Usually too with subtle bitterness. Notice the word “subtle”. BITTERNESS is not a PRIMARY profile of good espresso… in fact, any high quality good coffee is not bitter at all. Merely subtle.
Hey, all you Home Barista… are you guys and gals enjoying good espresso at home? Tell us more about your good and great espresso moment.
Ok… back to the list. I can say that for myself, I have only tasted good espresso in two commercial settings.
Cafe Departure Lounge
I love their espresso from their House Blend. BUT be warned… It is on the acidic side of things. It is bright, fruity and sweet. Brightness is not something most people like in their coffee. I urge you to give them a try. Their coffee is fresh and roasted by the excellent people of Five Senses Coffee, Australia.
The only place I know that serves illy the way it should be served. Love their “mafia-Corleone-family” gang of baristas. A well made illy espresso is chocolaty, nutty and sweet. Had one recently pulled my Roy-Corleone 😀
Anymore cafe out there serving good espresso??? To cafe owner, if you are serving good espresso, do let me know.
If you are going to either of the two cafes, always ask for the name of the barista. If you find someone who can pull you a good shot of espresso, remember their name man. These people are hard to find.