Category Archives: Coffee

Starbucks goes Instant


It finally happened.

When more and more cafes in Malaysia moving towards fresher and better coffee, the GIANT that is Starbucks goes INSTANT.


RM8 per pack. Inside consist of 3 servings.

I rope in 2 unsuspecting “victims” for some blind test. I bought the Colombia Pack.

Using the Colombia from Highlander, I made 2 portions. One using the V60 Dripper and another using Aeropress. And then the last portion, Starbucks Instant Colombia.

Epic Failed Award goes to ….

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The Champion Barista of the World 2011


Just finished watching the performance of this year Champion,
Alejandro Mendez from EL SALVADOR

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. And they are a coffee producing country like their neighbouring countries namely Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama. We don’t really have much exposure to coffee from El Salvador though. But lucky me, I recently was given a sample pack of Strict Altura roasted by Five Senses Coffee courtesy of Mr. Loo (Cafe Departure Lounge).

Watching the performance of Alejandro Mendez was truly a elevating experience. His Signature Drinks were made using various component from the coffee plant, and thereby fully utilising the full potential from a coffee tree. He infuses together their components such as coffee flowers, the fruits, the pulps and of course the extracts from the beans which is what we known as coffee. It is truly the purest of coffee beverage.

Unique from other previous competitors or even past winners, his espressos were served with the crema strained. A very courageous decision considering how much traditional espresso drinkers and barista valued the red golden brown crema.

Check out his video here: http://livestre.am/Oec8

Here is the wrap-up of the 2011 World Barista Championship by a former Champion, James Hoffmann: http://www.jimseven.com/2011/06/08/wbc-2011-wrapup

P.S.: Note to self “try a fresh brewed crema-less espresso asap”

 

 

 

 

 

Toast Cafe


Looking for good coffee in Klang? Look no further than Toast Cafe (which to me is already very far). They are serving the Supremo Blend from Highlander Coffee.

Just shows that you don’t need big commercial machine to serve good quality coffee.

Address
G-16 Harbour Place Mall, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, 41200 Pelabuhan Klang, Malaysia.

RAW – Real and Wholesome


One of my vision for the coffee scene in Malaysia is that there is at least one good place serving good coffee in each major shopping mall.

Of course, given more time to think about that, I would wish that there would be one place that serves good coffee within 10 minutes driving distance anywhere within Klang Valley.

Alas, both wishes remained a dream. But shopping malls are particularly frustrating. Two of them are KLCC and Mid-Valley. You know how big are these 2 malls… and yet I can’t find a decent cup of coffee there.

Well, good news to those KLCC fans. No, there is still no good coffee there. But just across the road, walk over to Wisma Equity and REAL good coffee awaits.


You will be greeted by a Diedrich Roaster. Yes, they roast their coffee beans. One thing I wanted to highlight though, having a Roaster and roasting your own beans would means that coffee is FRESH. With almost every cafe in town serving stale beans, it is a rarity to have any cafes serving fresh roasted coffee.

Caution: Fresh roasted coffee DOES NOT necessary means good tasting coffee.
Stale Coffee = Bad Coffee
Fresh Roasted Coffee = How Coffee Should Be Served
Expertly Roasted Quality Fresh Coffee =  Coffee You Pay For

And in RAW, the coffee is expertly roasted.


I believe this is the sexiest looking machine in Malaysia.
It is a Kees van der Westen machine. The Mirage.


A 3-Group Lever machine and all using naked portafilters.


Two Anfim Super Caimano Titanium grinders. These are seriously GOOD grinders. (note to fellow barista: The doser is so good that you don’t need to distribute and level)


There are only 3 cafes in town that I will confidently order espresso, and this is one of them. I love sweet espressos with good body.

You can get your Aeropress here. And I love those KeepCups. I bought 2 of them so that I can make a refreshing cup of coffee and take it with me in the car.

Highly Recommended.

Wisma Equity
150 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mon – Fri: 08:00-18:30
Sat: 10:00-17:00

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