Monthly Archives: January 2011

Grinders – The key to good coffee


As we all know, there is nothing more important in making good coffee than having a decent grinder. And getting good coffee grinder in Malaysia is not exactly. The choices are limited.

Here are two excellent grinders that will bring out the full potential of your fresh roasted coffee bean.

The Anfim Best and the Isomac Granmacinno.

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Isomac Professionale Home Grinder

For this price, it is an extremely  price-to-value espresso grinder. Its doserless, so you grind fresh every time directly into your portafilter & is the ideal companion to any of the quality home espresso machines. Why unbeatable? It is very compact, has a robust and stylish stainless steel construction with conical burrs for a more slower and consistent grind everytime!

Specifications:

  • Height: 290mm
  • Width: 110mm
  • Depth: 200mm
  • Weight: 3kg
  • Hopper capacity: 250g
  • Burr: Conical
  • Type: Doserless, Stepped.

It definitely can grind fine enough to produce a 30 seconds espresso.
Makes it an excellent home grinder or used as a second general grinder for other type of brewing purposes.

Price = RM 1,200

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Anfim Best

A very popular brand among professional baristas. The Anfim Best is built with quality in mind. Polished alloy for it’s main housing and weight a sturdy 8kg. The step settings are small, easy to dial in your desired espresso shots.

Specifications

  • Tempered Flat Burr: 54mm diameter
  • Motor Power: 300 watt
  • Bean Hopper Capacity: 500 grams
  • Housing Material: polished Alloy
  • Weight: 8kg
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 145x240x380

Ideal for small and medium size cafe.

Price = RM2,500

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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 😀


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.

Men are pigs


You know that saying….

Let me illustrate the story of this man…

He got himself a pretty baby…

And like most men, he is never satisfied.

He complained that her limbs are not flexible enough. Cannot manipulate to his expectation.

Then he complained her mood fluctuates hot and cold.

Also, she always gave him lots of pressure.

So… like many men, he forced her to go under the knife and therapy.

And what do you know… the changes were very noticeable.

She is more flexible now. Controls her temper very well. No longer blow hot and cold and does not over-pressure him again.

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Here’s how she looks like after the operation.

Notice the steam wand above? It’s from a Silvia.
Frothing milk is much easier now. Microfoam? No problem.

PID-ed… She’s more stable now. Brew at the temperature you want.

OPV. The original brew pressure was about 13 Bar. Way to high.
Now tuned to 9.5 Bar and pulled lovely espresso shots.