Monthly Archives: November 2012

Coolest Cafe in Melaka

If you ever go to Melaka, you must not miss the coolest cafe in Melaka (probably in Malaysia). Mods Cafe = Cool. It is on the next parallel road of the main Jonker Street.

What you can see from the outside (and I don’t mean the girl)

It is a cafe you can visit when it is not mobile.

Machine, Vibiemme Lollo at the back of the van. Is this cool enough?

And who is cooler than the Barista himself?



Coffee on a trip

Whenever I go for local trip, one of the biggest problem is finding good coffee. Considering most hotels served horrible coffee, what would be better than to Do It Yourself, the Aeropress way. And on a recent trip, that’s exactly what I do. Of course, I’m travelling within Malaysia.

3 important stuff: Fresh roasted coffee, Aeropress and a decent hand-grinder.

Morning task: 14g fresh roasted coffee into my Hario Slim Grinder

Morning exercise… phew… 2 minutes of hardword 😀 (no say I no do exercise, ok)

Inverted method if my preference. Now, have your fresh boiled water ready. Since did not bring thermometer, I’ll let the water sit for 30 seconds. (it was too hot, should let it sit for 45 seconds at least). Using the Aeropress the Inverted method allows for better control of the variables especially steeping time. And it looks cooler too 😀

Steep for 80 seconds. Reverse over and press down gently.

There you go. As good as it can get.

Vibiemme Replica Multi Boiler

The long awaited machine has finally arrived.
For cafe or restaurant expecting top quality espresso coffee production, the Vibiemme Replica Multi Boiler machine offers the perfect solution. Asthetically designed, Performance driven and espresso “deliciously” extracts.

  • Genuine E61 Group head
    For those of us who loves our espresso know that not ALL E61 machines are created equal. Vibiemme is a company that reached back to the orignal creator to the famed E61 groud head design.
  • Independent boiler for each group
    Temperature profile & stability are two of the key elements in brewing coffee, especially when making espresso. Different brewing temperature can be set to each group via the LCD control panel in front. No need to fiddle about trying to access the interior of the machine.
    Steam Boiler: 9 litre
    Brew Boiler: 0.5 litre x 2
  • PID – Proportional–integral–derivative controllers
    Detail stuff below but in a nut shell… a PID controller enables the temperatures set in the group head to be maintained in a certain range of degree. Assume you set the brewing temperature at 92 Celsius, the PID will do its work to maintain the temperature fluctuation  to say “91 to 93” degree. Yes, in our universe, maintaining thermal stabilty is one of the hardest thing to do in an open working environment.
    Explanation of PID:
  • Programmable Pre-infusion for each group
    Some people swears by Pre-infusion. Now you can play with them.
  • Pre-heating exchanger for brew boiler
    Another design to maintain thermal stability. (Told you they were important didn’t I)

One big steam boiler and 2 independent boilers for each group head.

Come over and check them out at My Espresso Cafe.

What NOT to put into your grinder

Never ever put the following into your coffee grinder:
– kopi roasted with sugar and margarine
– flavoured coffee beans (vanilla, caramel and whatever)
– 3-in-1 instant coffee powder
– sugar
– syrup
– ANYTHING other than pure 100% coffee beans.

Got this machine back for repair. Most likely, it’s OVER.