These days, coffee isn’t just coffee. The third wave coffee movement has spawned a generation of coffee drinkers who no longer regard the beverage as simply a means to wake up and be productive. For this subset of aficionados, coffee is an experience.
Gone are the days where zipping into a coffee house means downing a cuppa made by machines or beans that have long expired. Instead, where your coffee beans are grown matters. How deftly the latte art is created while balancing the correct ratio of milk to espresso is also vital.
To truly take your coffee knowledge to the next level, why not get behind the espresso machine and spend some time being your own barrista?
From learning the basics on how to roast coffee beans to techniques on pulling espresso shots to creating latte art — soon you too could be speaking their language and truly understand what it takes to craft a cup of coffee from scratch. Here’s more.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
Coffee is life to the people behind Common Man Coffee Roasters. With a successful branch in Singapore, the outlet in Kuala Lumpur has also become one of the most popular cafes to go to (especially in TTDI area). Here, they have the CMCR Academy — where you’ll be able to learn everything on coffee. There are also free coffee cupping sessions for the public to join, happening every Wednesday 2pm-3pm with a rotating roster of beans grown in Malaysia and further afield.
Common Man Coffee Roasters, 1, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, +603-7731 7095
Pulp by Papa Palheta
Located at upscale and hip Bangsar, Pulp by Papa Palheta supplies coffee equipment and roasted beans both at the retail and commercial level. It is a cafe that serves coffee and pastries that also sports a cupping room and service workshop. They have an extensive list of coffee workshops where you can choose to learn latte art or other alternative brew methods.
Pulp by Papa Palheta, 01, 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2201 3650
Q Cup Cafe
Focusing on specialty coffee, Q Cup Cafe is the first SCAA Certified Teaching Lab in Malaysia. They conduct coffee workshops quite frequently throughout the whole month — namely, basic brewing workshop, basic barista training and coffee cupping sessions that are complimentary to any diners.
Q Cup Cafe, 72, Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2113 0320
103 Coffee Workshop
103 Coffee Workshop is not your typical coffee joint. In fact, they implemented Japanese aesthetics and cuisine as part of their concept. Even so, it’s still a serious cafe through and through as the range of coffee beans available is extensive here. They currently hold latte art workshops every Wednesday throughout the month of April — conducted by their barista Irvine Quek, who recently won the Malaysia Latte Art Championship 2018.
103 Coffee Workshop, 103, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, +603-9054 5512