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Brewing soon…


63-1, Jalan USJ 21/11, UEP Subang Jaya.


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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

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.

Vibiemme Domobar Junior Double Boiler


When it comes to making excellent ESPRESSO, it is hard to find any coffee machine in this class that can match the Vibiemme Domobar Junior Double Boiler in Malaysia.


Need a mirror? Ladies can do their make facing the side panel.

This is a TRUE ESPRESSO Machine.
Espressos pulled from this machine are some of the best I have tasted.

Specifications:

  • It is a Double Boiler Machine
    You can brew espresso and steam milk at the same time.
    Double copper boiler that can operate independent of each other.
  • E61 Group Head with Pre-infusion and thermal syphon
    Exposed Original E61 Group Head. Very consistent temperature stability.
  • Commercial size portafilter with a 58mm double basket
    Make real international standards double espresso.
  • 3.5 Litre water tank
    Enough water to make more than 50 cups of espresso per filling.
  • 1.8 Litre boiler
    Plenty of steam power to make smooth velvety milk.
  • Safety Switches and Controls
    Brewing temperature can be adjusted.
    Brewing pressure can be adjusted.
    Low water level alarm warning.
  • Twin pressure gauges
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Cup warmer with enough space for 6 – 8 cups
  • Stainless Steel Body
  • Large and easily removable drip tray
  • 360 degree movable steam wand with safety grip

Price = RM 7,200.00

Expobar Office Control


The Expobar Office Control

Finally, the Expobar Professional home espresso machine reached Malaysia.

Specifications:

  • It is a Heat Exchanger machine
    You can brew espresso and steam milk at the same time.
  • E61 Group Head with Pre-infusion and thermal syphon
    Consistent extraction and temperature stability.
  • Commercial size portafilter with a 58mm double basket
    Make real international standards double espresso.
  • 2.7 Litre water tank
    Enough water to make 50 cups of espresso per filling.
  • 1.8 Litre boiler
    Plenty of steam power to make smooth velvety milk.
  • Multiple Safety Switches and Controls
    Low water level electronic sensor that auto-fill the boiler.
    Automatically turn off heater when low water in reservoir is detected.
  • Programmable Buttons
    4 volumetric buttons to program the amount of coffee to be extracted.
  • Brew Pressure can be adjusted
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Cup warmer with enough space for 12 cups
  • Stainless Steel Body
  • 360 degree movable steam wand with safety grip

Very suitable for small cafe and beverage kiosk.

Love for espresso on thestar


Yeah… I’m a star… err.. I meant I was featured on The Star.

How many mm is that crema would you say 😀

Update:

Thanks to Joseph for the lovely photos. Step by steps brewing fresh serving of espresso and cappuccino.


Fresh roasted coffee from Highlander Coffee.


Grind it just before brewing.


Dose and distribute.


Tamp it.


A Decent Pour of Espresso


My favourite shot.


Another pull of espresso into bigger cups.


Stretching and Texturing.


Smooth, creamy and sweet cappuccino with a half decent latte art.

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