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Best Places for Specialty Coffee

Black coffee, milk coffee, filter coffee — the list goes on. So many of us rely on this caffeinated potion to get us through the day, but if you’re looking for a cup that goes beyond the norm to fix you up, here’s a list worth sipping on.

Yellow Brick Road

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Photo by Burppler Jeff Lim

For Coffee by Champions
Coffee is made with quality and care at Yellow Brick Road, home to Malaysia’s Open Barista Champion. Order the velvety Flat White (RM11) for a smooth and balanced cuppa over brunch, but don’t miss out on trying the Filter Coffee (from RM15) either – we love that it’s served alongside a handwritten card with tasting notes.


Cream by The Roast Things

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For Complex Cold Brews
Aromatic filter coffees, check; fine espresso-based drinks, check; and the star of Cream’s repertoire, amazing cold brews, check. Both their black and white cold brews are steeped for 18 hours to gently extract flavours from the coffee grounds. The Cold Brew Black (RM12) is bold and fruity, while the creamy Cold Brew White (RM13) is strong and sweet.


VCR

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For Consistently Good Coffee
The buzz at both VCR’s Pudu and Bangsar outlets is warranted not only for their fabulous brunch dishes, but also their dependable cups of coffee. Look forward to a depth of flavours in the Espresso (RM9) and Long Black (RM9). We’re also fans of the Cold Brew (RM15) that comes with a guaranteed java jolt.


One Half (Random Food Store)

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For Amazing Filter Brews
At One Half, you can trust the award-winning team to handle your filter coffee order with utmost care and top-notch skills. The coffee is priced between RM14 to RM25, and there is a variety of beans to choose from – the team is more than happy to help you pick one that suits your flavour preference. If you love fruity notes, go with the Ethiopian beans. Alternatively, the toasty Latte (RM12) is also killer.


Seraph Awaken

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For a Refreshing Hibiscus Coffee
This humble nook in Klang is worth the travel for exquisite hand-brews and unique coffee drinks like their bestselling Hibiscus Coffee (RM13). The delicate filter coffee is served with light pink ice cubes infused with hibiscus flowers. The combination is sweet, fragrant and absolutely refreshing.


Artelier Coffee

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For Cold Coffee on a Hot Day
We’ll come clean — we like it Dirty at Artelier Coffee. Yes, we’re talking about the cool, punch-packed drink. Priced at RM14, the no-ice concoction drink sees a perfect pairing of ristretto and cold milk. Expect a sharp kick on the first sip, followed by the taste of sweet, creamy milk.


Midsummer Night

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For Stellar Taiwanese-style Drip Coffee
At Midsummer Night, the Simple Black (from RM8), Iced Drip (RM18) and Trouble White (drip coffee with milk, RM15) all rock excellent but light flavours fit for a nighttime joe. But what we love most about visiting this cafe is the bespoke experience. The friendly cafe owner treats every customer like a regular and takes his time to get to know your coffee preferences — that’s his secret to making you the perfect cup. P.s. Film fans will love the space decked out in movie posters!


Three Little Birds Coffee

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Photo by Burppler Michelle Cheah

For Coffee Straight From the Roastery
Tucked quietly in a busy office block is breezy cafe Three Little Birds Coffee, injecting zen vibes all-round. What’s in the hopper? Only quality coffee beans that come fresh from their roastery next door (Artisan Roastery). To best enjoy their curated beans, ask for Coffee Juice (from RM15) – it’s what they refer to as filter coffee on the menu.


MyEspresso Cafe

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For Superb Coffee in the Neighbourhood
Run by a couple wholesaling coffee equipment, this nondescript cafe in USJ churns out a spot-on cuppa every time. The coffee made with Highlander beans is reasonably priced, starting from RM6 for a Black. On hot afternoons, escape in here for the Chilled Latte (RM10), espresso-stained cold milk served in an icy, chilled glass.


Depot by JWC

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For Fragrant Rose Latte
Nestled in a quiet part of Puchong, Depot by JWC offers a varied drinks menu that makes it easy for both coffee enthusiasts and rookies to enjoy a cuppa. While the La Kopi Cappuccino (RM8.90) is a small but strong, delicious cup of milk coffee, it’s the Moroccan Rose Latte (RM13.90) with a lingering floral sweetness that we can never pass up.


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