November 19th, 2020
A Coffee Lover’s Guide for Where to Drink in KL and Selangor
Written by Tan Kai Bin
Our contributing expert for this feature is Tan Kai Bin, the co-founder of Blaq Coffee and Bean Shipper, two interesting Malaysian-based services that ship boxes of freshly roasted coffee beans to customers’ doorsteps. Kai Bin works closely with respected local roasters and can also sometimes be spotted as a barista at pop-ups. Check them out at blaqcoffee.com and beanshipper.com
Kai Bin recommends filter coffee for budding enthusiasts in KL and Selangor. “Most of the time, roasters do offer different varieties of single origins for their filter coffee, and usually they tend to keep the best beans for filter coffee!”
“We coffee people always recommend that our customers try filter coffee, as it’s the brewing method that brings out the flavour of coffee, especially for black coffee drinkers!” he adds.
Here are Kai Bin’s six favourite choices for where to enjoy coffee in KL and Selangor, and what to order for a pleasurable combination of coffee and food.
1. Artisan Roast at Taman Tun Dr Ismail
What To Order – Nitrokopi, Filter Coffee, Cheesecake and chocolate slices
Address: 4 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail
2. Beam at Bandar Sri Damansara
What to order: Filter Coffee (on syphon)
Address: 25, Jalan Gangsa SD 5/3B, Bandar Sri Damansara
Read Review: BEAM at Bandar Sri Damansara: Restaurant Review
3. RGB at Jalan Damai
WTO – Sandwiches, espresso-based coffees
Address: 35, Jalan Damai, Off Jalan Ampang
Read Review: RGB at The Bean Hive at Damai: Restaurant Review
4. Sprezzatura at Phileo Damansara
WTO – Sandwich and espresso based coffee (Indonesia Toraja)
Address: 116, Block E, Phileo Damansara 1
Read Review: Sprezza at Phileo Damansara: Restaurant Review
5. The Roast Things at Dataran Prima
TRT is not a cafe, hence they do not take walk in customers. But however they do organise workshops from time to time (and attendees can find coffee to drink of course!).
Address: Unit 12, Level 9, Block A, The Tube, Prima Avenue, Jalan PJU 1/39, Dataran Prima, Aman Suria, Kelana Jaya
6. Brew N Bread at Shah Alam
WTO – Filter coffee and variety of breads.
Address: Ground Floor, One City Mall, Jalan USJ 25/1