Source: Camila Tamara
If there’s a force that can bring world peace, it would be the humankind’s collective love for coffee. Which is why, in a noble quest to attain world peace, I’m going to share my selection of places with good coffee so we can all enjoy it together.
Random Food Store @ Damansara Uptown
This cozy coffee shop is my top choice, not just because of the heavenly scent boasted by infused roasted beans, but also because it brings coffee lovers from all walks of life together. The cafe itself is furnished with only one long table, so customers are encouraged to sit and interact with one another, much like a gathering of friends.
They use Buena Vista Colombian roast, Ethiopian Kelloo, and the Random Blend, which is a mix of Guatemalan and Ethiopian beans in their expansive list of espresso, coffee brews, and teas. Paired with the selection of pastry, you’ll have just the perfect teatime experience.
Where: 9, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
1986 Espresso Bar @ Setia Alam
I fell in love with this Victorian-inspired cafe because I was mesmerised by the barista. He crafted every cup so meticulously that I just couldn’t help but stare. Most places would just serve up any cup of coffee made, but at this place, the barista makes another cup if it doesn’t turn out perfect. Now that’s commitment.
Aside from a strong, aromatic selection of coffee, they offer Western cuisine, serving up a tantalising collection of dishes that are suitable for small gatherings or for a meal with your family.
Where: 10-1, Jalan Setia Dagang AK U13/AK, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
Pulp by Papa Palheta @ Bangsar
Pulp is more than just a cafe. It’s a blend of a cafe, showroom, educational centre as well as a workshop. They distribute coffee to other businesses looking to serve specialty coffee, or even to offices that needs to keep their employees caffeinated.
Honestly, just walking into the cafe feels like an adventure, one where you’ll want to peek into open doors and cupboards, or perhaps even play around with all the props and decors. Besides the usual selection of coffee, they offer cold brew coffee as well as filter coffee, made using Colombian beans.
Where: 29, 01, Jalan Rinong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Kopenhagen @ Mont Kiara
Named after the capital of Denmark, Kopenhagen introduces the concept of ‘hygge’, Danish for ‘cosiness’, in the form of a coffee house. So, as you enter, expect a very homey feeling, even down to home-baked breads and cakes. The best thing to try there (other than the coffee) is their Brookie, which is a brownie and cookie, the very two things that says I’m home.
The shop owner, from Kopenhagen himself, mentioned that Denmark has been voted the happiest nation on the planet for a few years now, and he ventured all the way here to spread the joy in the form of a cosy cafe where you’ll feel at home, with the aroma of coffee filling the air.
Where: Vista Kiara, 3, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Cream by The Roast Things @ Dataran Prima
Being an introvert means I easily get intimidated in public settings, especially upon entering a crowded coffee shop. Cream is one of those places that actually makes me feel calm. The entire setting is very minimalistic and bright, and most people go there to have their own relaxing time, so they wouldn’t stare up at the door every time someone walks in.
Their selection is presented in a very straightforward manner, with choice of either black or white espresso-based coffee, namely with or without milk. Similarly, they also offer cold brew in black or white. My recommendation would be the filter coffee, offered in both hot and cold for each order so you get to enjoy the best of both.
Where: A-G-01, Prima Avenue, The Tube Jalan PJU 1/39, Dataran Prima Petaling Jaya 47301
VCR @ Bangsar
Rustic wooden and steel furnishing, shiny table top, concrete floorings, yellow hue lights, and dark counters with white shades. Honestly, it’s just the perfect warm ambience one would look for a catch up session, or even a date. Definitely insta-worthy.
If you’re already enticed by the overall ambience, expect the coffee and food to be equally promising. From sweet to savoury, the menu covers an extensive range. Their coffee selection is pretty general, but you’ll be rewarded with a quality taste that can wash away any tiredness in you.
Where: 31, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Foremula @ PJ
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to quality, the one person I’d trust most is someone from the creative industry, and that is precisely what is offered at Foremula. Started by a team from creative agency Forefront, Foremula presents a contemporary concept in their cafe, serving up a chatter-generating coffee destination.
Their coffees are brewed to perfection, I would say. You get the rich aroma as you take a sip, and the flavour that enters your taste buds live up to the expectation you get from the aroma. As a lover of Indian tastes, I also tried the Chai, and I wasn’t disappointed. Most places you get only a mild taste of spice with mostly milk, but here, the spice really gets through.
Where: D9-1-G, Dana 1 Commercial Centre, Jalan PJU 1A/46, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
So, where will you be going to get your coffee fix?
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