I’m such a coffee addict :D I need my cuppa in the mornings, before I even start feeling alive or begin functioning. I don’t drink a lot though, despite this “addict” label. I just have that one cup and I’m good for the day.
For convenience however, I drink instant coffee. Yes, I know full well that its sacrilege to say you enjoy coffee and then go make a cup of Nescafe :P But its convenient ok. However, when I really want a good cup of coffee (I don’t drink coffee from most chain cafes) I go here – RAW Coffee – Raw And Wholesome Food, a cafe located conveniently just opposite Suria KLCC. I don’t go often, but when that craving hits for good coffee, I make the drive there.
Many of us here in Malaysia are quite familiar with and have great fondness for the thick black brew found at our local coffeeshops (or ‘kopitiam’ in local parlance). Other than that nerve shuddering, spine tingling, bitter tasting brew we are used to, few of us are really any good at telling good coffee from bad. I went on a little Coffee Appreciation course late last year at RAW Coffee to learn about this.
Yes, I said last year. I’m tardy :P
I learnt that this is what “good high quality coffee beans” should look like.
They should be whole, and look clean, without looking mouldy or deformed. I’m told the crummy ones are used to make instant coffee. EEPS!! That’s what I drink usually :P Also, coffee beans aren’t brown, despite what we commonly think. They start out green….
… and are then roasted to varying degrees of brown for varying degrees of flavour.
The coffee you get from these beans can taste sweet, sour or bitter depending on how they are extracted. Extracting coffee, or that barista job that looks incredibly easy really is a skill and can determine if that cuppa joe is drinkable or tar.
Here, I demonstrate how a good cup of coffee is extracted at RAW Coffee cafe. Michael, the coffee connoisseur who conducts the course pronounced my maiden attempt “pretty good” which, as you might expect, left me feeling really chuffed *ahem* Maybe there’s a chance for me to make Barista-ing an alternative career yet :P
Coffee, made properly with good beans and with good technique doesn’t taste horribly bitter or sour. It tastes sweet (relatively speaking) all by itself and I can quite easily drink it without sugar or milk.
RAW Cafe serves food too (Vegetarian) and its all quite good for a quick light lunch, but if you are there, always… and I mean ALWAYS make room for dessert – Affogato. Since I discovered what I consider to be the best ever Affogato in town, I’m an Affogato addict too! :D I mean, ice cream and coffee – match made in Heaven!
The coffee (espresso) is served with a scoop of good quality ice cream in separate bowls. Pour the hot coffee over the ice cream and savour the contrast of flavours and textures – hot and cold, sweet and bitter. It is incredibly perfect. I’ve been known to make on the spur plans with friends in the middle of the day to meet here just to enjoy the Affogato :D
Are you a coffee drinker too? Do you know where else does good Affogato? Even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, make it a point to try this one at least once. Heaven, I tell you! :D
RAW Coffee – Real and Wholesome food cafe is at Wisma Equity, Kuala Lumpur. Check out the RAW Coffee Facebook page for upcoming coffee appreciation courses.
Scrumptious Saturday : One day in a week where I dish out random scrumptiousness from my other love – food!