Thursday, August 2, 2012

Top Brew Coffee @ Hartamas & Hot Shots @ Solaris

Checking out a couple of nice new cafes that cater to caffeine-craving customers.

Top Brew is a top pick this month, spearheaded by EspressoLAB's ex-employee JH Yee, who won the 2012 national Malaysia Barista Championship and ranked second runner-up in the regional Food Hotel Asia Barista Challenge.

Yee's awards represent his passion and conviction; the man himself might represent the many hardworking, hugely talented baristas who've become a crucial component of KL's cafe culture.

Yee relies on beans by Lighthouse Coffee of Penang's Logan Heritage for his mean cups of macchiatos, lattes and more, each of which costs south of RM10.

Homemade peanut cookies, chocolate brownies, chocolate chip muffins and pineapple tarts are available to complement these beverages; Top Brew plans to start serving sandwiches and waffles too by next month.

Top Brew's tricky location: inside the commercial row OPPOSITE Hartamas Shopping Center, above Urban Spoon restaurant but behind the storefronts, hidden from the main road.

For now, the outlet opens Thursdays through Tuesdays, 9:30am-6pm, including weekends.

Next up, a three-minute drive from Top Brew Coffee Bar, Hot Shots Cafe deserves to be one of Solaris Dutamas' hot spots.

Hot Shots sells coffee machines, grinders and roasters, as well as freshly roasted beans.

The cafe is calm, spacious and welcoming, enabling customers to relax and focus on their coffee and conversation.

Hot Shots is on the first floor of Solaris Dutamas' most prominent row; it can be spotted from the main road, somewhere ABOVE the line of eateries that includes Pappa Rich, Wau Penyu and most of Dutamas' original outlets. So far, it operates for nine hours starting 9 a.m. weekdays.

Help yourself to a free flow of complimentary cookies here, ideal for accompanying one of KL's thickest, richest hot chocolates.

We liked what we tasted, but we'll leave it to others more knowledgeable than us to comment more constructively on the coffee at both Top Brew and Hot Shots.

Top Brew Coffee Bar,
C-0-7, Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Kuala Lumpur.
Call 016-275-7500 for directions.

HotShots Coffee and Tea,
A3-UG-07, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 1300-888-138
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30 comments:

  1. I made a promise to steer off coffee so I can regulate my sleeping hours. But this post just made me dump the idea. I love coffee. And even if it screws up my sleeping hours...I gonna try these coffees! Plus I am spending quite a bit of time in Hartamas in the next 2 weeks.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, some promises are made to be broken, rite. But yeah, all this coffee kept me buzzing for a bit longer than I had planned (caffeine is finally having an effect on me), so I should steer clear of espressos for awhile. But that's easier for me, since I'm only a moderate fan of coffee, not a true enthusiast. Hope you enjoy your hartamas lattes! :D

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  2. It's been a while since I've been over to Solaris Dutamas. Seems like there is now a very good reason to visit.

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    1. The Yum List: a visit to solaris dutamas once a week seems like a good idea! :D

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  3. Wow. so many so clustered within a small vicinity. But there can never be "too many coffee cafes" right? Considering the caffeine addiction by most people we know :)

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    1. TNG: ya, i think there are at least a dozen outlets in publika alone that serve pretty good coffee! i'm happy i'm not addicted though, heh =)

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  4. Yay for more cafe!
    I think we will probaly visit Hot Shots Cafe first. :D

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    1. CK: oooh, but just note, hot shots cafe is closed on weekends. so it only opens monday through friday =)

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  5. Yay yay yay! I'm more keen on hot shots from the looks of it!!

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    1. AugustDiners: ya, it could be a nice place for you to escape for 15 minutes or so, in between peak hours at your publika outlet! :D

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  6. wow...life is tough. Work as Barista also needed so many medals. =p
    BTW...I think Hot Shot should be given a name as 'Double Shot' =p
    because all the drinks look so 'kau'! =)

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    1. Melissa: heh, he worked hard to achieve those awards, so i quite respect that =) you're right, the beverages at hot shots were very thick, especially the hot chocolate! :D

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  7. I am sure the coffee will help a lot during the Euro cup and also the olympic.. :)

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, the coffee helped to keep me awake till nearly 3 a.m. :D

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  8. The question is, do these charming little places do de-caff? Coffee keeps me awake (even if I drink in the morning! I am abnormal...) so I always miss out on the creamy, rich, goodness. Any recommendations of places that do decaf (except the soul-less starbucks et al)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: ooh, i didn't notice any decaf options on the menus here. but sure, i'll try to keep a lookout next time and make a note of it in my posts :D

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  9. The pineapple tarts look good (sorry dont drink coffee so cant comment much on that) ;P

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, the tarts and the cookies at top brew definitely tasted like they were made at home :D

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  10. it seems like kl is struck with coffee fever! (not referring the starbucks sort)

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    1. Michelle: heheh, better to be high on caffeine than high on booze, hopefully! :D

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  11. at least more places serve good coffee. I hope starbucks closes down. MWUAHAHAHAAA

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    1. Ciki: yay for the spread of good java joints! but i suspect starbucks will outlive me, heheh =)

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  12. seems like a lot of gourmet coffee places sprouting out this quarter

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    1. Babe_KL: ya, i figure it's a supply-and-demand thing. or so i assume, heh :D

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  13. yay, new coffee place! i need some doses on the weekends! too bad, some dun open during the weekend :(

    www.ivyaiwei.com

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    1. Ai Wei: oh ya, of the two places in this post, Hotshots is usually closed on weekends, but the other place, Top Brew is open on weekends. Hope you manage to try it and enjoy it :D

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  14. Top Brew is brilliant. Park on the street inside the barrier though. The underground car park is really scary. Excellent espresso, friendly and knowledgable staff, great value for money. Knocks Starbucks etc into a cocked hat. Top Brew say they're closed on Wednesdays.

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    1. Xavier: good to know they're winning more fans =) thanks for the parking suggestion. we parked at hartamas shopping center and walked over using the overhead bridge. that works too :D

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  15. Yummy! Will definitely try very soon! We can definitely trust you for the latest joint/updates. :) How was the vibe at Hot Shots? It looks comfy. :)

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    1. Janisio: thanks for the kind words =) there's a sunny vibe at hot shots, lots of natural light. and the team that runs the place is quite enthusiastic. worth a try, i think =)

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