Monday, August 13, 2012

Artisan Coffee Bar @ Bangsar Village

What a difference a year makes: When we first visited Artisan Roast at its Ampang birthplace, it was a secluded cathedral of coffee, with only three of us _ the barista and his two customers _ worshiping the short black on a weekend evening.
Entry on Artisan Roast @ Yayasan Seni Ampang: March 6, 2011.

Fast-forward to February this year: The cafe relocated to a warm, welcoming venue in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, becoming an immediate hit, hailed for serving some of the most sip-worthy espressos the ringgit can buy.
Entries on Artisan Roast @ TTDI: Feb. 6 and Feb. 10.

Now, Artisan has accelerated its drive toward citywide domination with a sprawling space in Bangsar Village that's a crowd magnet even on a Ramadan afternoon, signaling how far this place has evolved from its Ampang roots.

Some of Artisan's soulfulness has evaporated in this mall, though its core identity remains intact in the friendly service, the brick-and-wood look and of course, the cakes and coffee.

From melt-in-the-mouth cheesecakes and fruit-flooded Sicilian apple cakes (RM10 per slice) to wafers of chocolate-citrus jaffa and fiber-filled muesli (up to RM5), there's theoretically a teatime treat for every type of taste bud.

Fans can now bring a little bit of Artisan's magic home with them, thanks to this coffee in a bottle _ hand-brewed iced latte made with espresso and Aussie organic honey.

The facts and figures: keep this RM11 latte cold and it'll keep for five days.

Antioxidant-rich red latte, with coffeemaker-brewed Rooibos tea.

We'll admit it, we have an affogato addiction. We wish we knew how to quit you.



Artisan Coffee Bar,
Level One, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur.
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42 comments:

  1. Hmmmm...hand-brewed iced latte in a bottle...interesting =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, a cool concept!

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    2. Starbucks also does latte in a bottle, although I'm not sure if it's hand-brewed :) I have mixed feelings towards these bottled coffees

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    3. Footfringe: ooo, thanks for the info. must buy a bottle from starbucks and a bottle from artisan, and do a blind tasting test :D

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    4. Haha...yes a blind taste test in a group...tat shud average out the results...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: oh yeah, some people do regard blind tasting results as unreliable.

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  2. Yay! Nearer to our place now! :D

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    1. CK: ya, very convenient location. and i think there's more seating space here compared to the TTDI branch :D

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  3. It's interesting to see the different vibes between the two Artisan's. The TTDI one feels slightly less conventional and is definitely more hipster, whatever hipster may be.

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    1. Footfringe: there's an "indie charm" at the taman tun branch! but ya, i guess the peril of being popular is that some form of commercialization creeps in, for better or worse =)

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  4. Is that raisins in the cake?? I like raisins on their own but for some weird reason, I never like them in my cakes, cookies or bread!! :P

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    1. Vien: oh yeah, there are raisins in that cake, and also some nuts (maybe walnuts or pine nuts). heh, as long as the raisins are plump and juicy, i'll take 'em! :D

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  5. do they do cold drip? that would have been an even awesomer idea to pack into a takeaway bottle!

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    1. Joe: didn't notice any cold-drip, but maybe they'll consider that for the future :D

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  6. i would love to try this place. hehe. despite not being able to consume as much liquid gold i wish to.

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    1. Michelle: heheh, maybe try heading there in the morning for a pick-me-up before lunch :D

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  7. I would want to try the Antioxidant-rich red latte

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    1. Simple Person: it's quite enjoyable, quite refreshing, especially if you like drinking tea :D

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  8. latte in bottle, interesting!

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    1. KY: oh yeah, and even though it looks like a small-ish bottle, the serving size can fill more than one glass =)

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  9. When I pass by few weeks back, it was still under renovation. I see they serve nice coffee...

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, they opened very suddenly, without much advance warning. and ya, the coffee here does manage to satisfy most of their customers =)

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  10. awww... the coffee in the bottle looked so nice. It will make a nice bottle collection in my home! heheh

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    1. Unknown: you're right, it's a very nicely designed bottle! could be a collector's item, heh =)

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  11. oooh, oooh! I want to go right now! Those desserts look fab and the coffee almost looks like a dessert.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, the desserts are homemade, i believe. and yeah, i love the combo of hot espresso and cold vanilla ice cream :D

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  12. Hi Sean,

    Just out of plain curiosity, how would you rate Artisan coffee as compared to Antipodean?

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    1. Eddie: honestly, i haven't grasped many of the nuances of appreciating coffee yet, so i'd say they both taste very good to me, but i wouldn't know how to compare them. sorry for the cop-out answer, heh =)

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  13. Sigh why can't I drink coffee? :(

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, maybe can try to sip small amounts in the morning, and you might gradually be able to consume more. although i dunno, hmmm...

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  14. It was crowded when I was in BV on Saturday. Gave up and went to Antipodean. :(

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: gosh, imagine how much more packed it'll be next month, after ramadan is over. they'll need a bigger space, heh =)

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  15. The red espresso is my all time fave when my sanity gets the better of me. Too much coffee in my system is wrecking my sleeping hours.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oooh, i can empathize with that. i only managed to get about six hours of sleep instead of eight, because of this coffee, heh =)

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  16. Oh... the prices are only RM1 higher compared to TTDI. Bangsar must be expensive though.. rental -wise.. guess Michael is still keepign to his principle of good affordable coffee for everyone!

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    1. Rebecca: oh yeah, the prices are still not too terrible for the wallet (except for those who need a cup of coffee from artisan every morning ... they'll need to fork out a few hundred ringgit a month, heh) :D

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  17. i went to the one in TTDI. love their coffee and their service. ^^

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    1. 女飞侠: yaaa, really nice. no wonder they're so popular in TTDI =)

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  18. Always love thier simple menu and casual setting =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: oh yeah, it's a cool place without having to try too hard at all :D

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  19. gosh! them bottled lattes are so adorable! definitely have to make a coffee stop here soon!

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    1. Bob and Julie: oh yeah, i was tempted to bring the empty bottle home. and the great thing is that the coffee inside tastes excellent too :D

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