To be perfectly honest, I’m not exactly the go-to person you’d expect when it comes to the latest reviews of the hottest or the most hipster-ish cafe. In fact, I almost actively not review cafes, mostly because every other bloggers do it, and I’m more the bak kut teh and street food kinda guy.
Seraph Awaken, Klang
Well, sometimes those paths crossed, like how we ended up at one of the more interesting cafes in all of Klang Valley, right here at bak kut teh country, by the name of Seraph Awaken.
Seraph Awaken is located right across from Teck Teh, the oldest bkt joint in all of Malaysia. Like most shops around the old Klang train station area, this place has an ambiance that takes you back to the 80s, I was trying to find a radiofusion box on the wall, but alas, there wasn’t one.
ice drip coffee
What they have though, is a good selection of hand brew coffee with a good selection of beans sourced from around the globe. There are beans from Honduras, Ethiopia, India, El Savador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Columbia priced at RM 12-18 per cup.
Alternatively, there’s machine brew coffee like where you’d find anywhere – espresso, latte, americano, cappuccino, etc from RM 7-11.
coffee cube latte
The most popular choices here are those from their signature series – hibiscus coffee, Roselle coffee, coffee cube latte, and ice drip coffee.
For the afternoon, I tried their coffee cube latte, a glass of ice cubes made from coffee with a serving of chilled milk. The result is a an iced latte experience that can only be enjoyed slowly, which is quite fitting for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
hand brewed Columbian
If you’re looking for an afternoon of coffee that’s not of your usual espresso variety, head over to Klang and give this place a visit.
There are quest a few coffee places in KLCC, you have your usual big chains such as Starbucks and San Francisco coffee, and then there’s of course the kopitiams and food court. Of all these choices, Gino Coffee is fast becoming one of my favorites.
Gino coffee on ground floor, Isetan KLCC
Gino is actually located at two different premises within Isetan. At the lower ground by the grocery area’s counter where they mainly do take-away business, and another slightly bigger area tucked behind the cosmetic section on the ground floor with a small but comfortable seating area.
Like most things Japanese, Gino appears to take their craft quite a bit more seriously, and I’ve seen the owner (I think that’s who he is) a few times at the premise checking and making sure things are done the right way.
cappuccino, latte, or one of their black coffee with foam thingy
The quality of coffee is certainly good and prices are at the same level of their competitors.
I usually go for their milk based coffee such latte or cappuccino, but they do offer some of the more funky choices such as this black coffee with foam thingy (forgot the name, tastes strong and sweet).
If you’re looking for a quiet place to chill that happens to also serve good coffee at KLCC, Gino won’t be a bad choice.
In the last few years, coffee culture in Malaysia experience quite a significant growth.
As I recalled, even just five years ago when I had to go to Le Passione Cafe at Hartamas for a cup of decent (and non-starbucks, non-coffeebeans) coffee. But now, we have plenty, and it’s great!
Cosans Coffee at Subang Jaya SS15
One of the many home brewed cafe chains that sprung up in recent years is Cosans Coffee, and my brother’s friend happened to be one of the persons behind it, which is why you’re reading this today.
I met my brother and a few others at the branch of Cosans Coffee at Subang Jaya a few weeks ago. The cafe is situated at a corner lot with tasteful design that took cues from English architecture, and a chilly air conditioning fitting for hot drinks. I remember when I studied at this part of the world over 1.5 decades ago, the most glamorous shops weren’t a quarter as neat as this one.
love the latte, with my brother Win Sern who’s a medical doctor
Cosans apparently take pride in their process of making coffee (you can find out more details in their website), but what I do know is that their latte tastes as good as anywhere I’ve tried. The milk silky smooth, and the coffee positively strong and aromatic. That’s all I ask for in a cup of coffee, and I like their version here.
In addition to latte, they serve a full range of espresso based drinks, including macchiato, espresso, flat white, cappuccino, mocha, and so forth. Prices of these drinks RM 7 to RM 14. Oh, they have affogato too.
sandwiches at Cosans, they pack a punch
Additionally, what sets Cosans apart from many other cafes is the sandwiches and salad they serve. The sandwiches are priced at RM 18-20 but they are absolutely loaded. I tried the blackcurrant smoked duck and would not hesitate to order again, the New Zealand beef steak sandwich too is something to reckon with. Two sandwiches here is probably enough for 3 person with average appetite.
Salad starts from RM 10 to RM 15, and there’s a selection of cakes to go with your caffeine. I haven’t tried these so to be honest, I wouldn’t be able to comment.
So if you’re around Subang looking for a place to chill out and possibly have a meal with some good coffee, Cosans is worth stopping by.
Address: Cosans Coffee 30, Jalan SS 15/4, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor GPS: 3.075284, 101.5875 Web: http://cosans.com
Tel: 03-5612 9600
with Transitions lens on a cloudy day, while walking back from LRT station after work
A note to those who may wonder why Transitions lenses, including this pair of Transitions® Signature™ lenses in this picture has a tint when it is cloudy, this is due to the fact that UV light penetrate clouds, and hence activating the lenses. This way I’m still protected against the harmful rays even on a cloudy day.
Here’s a typical schedule of mine, in fact, it is my calendar for the month of March 2014. I have it in Outlook and sync the whole thing onto my phone so that I can sort of keep track on what I have to do next.
What does it look like to you? A high school time table isn’t it? Taking a slightly closer look, I can see that out of 31 days, I have 6 which were empty, with only one of them fell on a work week.
The month includes plenty of meetings, a 3 day training, some futsal sessions, badminton, a few food review, other events, and hasn’t include time I spend on maintaining this website.
Analysing this colourful graphic further reveals that rest days are usually on the weekends where I get more shut-eye moments.
Which means that by about Wednesday, and especially at around after lunch time, I usually get this feeling that many might feel – CRAZY SLEEPINESS.
All of these brings us to the topic of the day – coffee!
When the Sandman calls, you want to have quick fixes, and nothing is quicker than a cup of good, aromatic coffee that you can prepare in an instant.
One of my weapon of choice for these moments is the instant OLDTOWN White Coffee that comes in quite a few different flavours such as hazelnut, classic, with cane sugar, with creamer, and even milk tea (not exactly coffee I know..)
I’m now going through my hazelnut flavour 3-in-1 and loving the taste of it. Will be trying out other flavours soon enough.
In the mean time, Sandman be gone and lets get back to work!