Sunday, April 14, 2013

New Black Coffee Lab @ Setapak

Taking a trip to unfamiliar territory in Setapak to see what's been brewing at this cafe.

Coffee comes with fun twists at this comfy neighborhood nook; our favorite choices might be the liquor-laced ones, like this caffe latte spiked with Cointreau.

Coffee with Korean soju. The alcohol potency is low; unsurprising, since this only costs RM10.

Teetotaler specialties include this seasonally suitable Sakura-themed flat white. Supposed to be subtly fruity-sweet, comprising both light & dark roasted beans for complexity.

Sandwiches, spaghetti & cakes pepper the food menu. All in all, not a bad outlet at all.

Bonus booze stop for a leisurely evening: Sneaking a peek at Delicious' most beautiful branch, nestled on St Mary Residences' retail level.

Sip the wine slowly, soak in the calm ...

... & take a minute to look at old photographs on the wall of the former St Mary's school that once sat at this location.

New Black Coffee Lab,
Plaza Crystalville, B-2A-1 (above Domino's Pizza),
Jalan Danau Niaga 1, Taman Danau Kota, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4131-0182
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30 comments:

  1. well, never been there although i stay near setapak~ >.<

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    1. Mr lonely: worth checking out if you enjoy coffee, or if you're looking for a nice cafe to hang out at =)

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  2. I love the beautiful writing on the board...and that coffee is both beautiful and looks delicious!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, it looks so painstakingly written, I'm glad you liked it :D I'm a fan of creamy, milky coffees! :D

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  3. Soju Coffee, I am curious, how was it ?

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    1. Wong: it mostly still tasted like coffee, heheh :D

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    2. I thought you would get really high after severl sips of it !

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    3. Wong: i wish that would happen too! but no, the alcohol content is a bit low. i guess since it only costs RM10 :D

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    1. Wong: hope it illustrates the coolness of this cafe! :D

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  5. Liquor coffee.. interesting! Never tried that before! I wonder if the caffeine or the alcohol will take stronger effect on our body eh? Hehe

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    1. Iamthewitch: ooo, that's an interesting question! I think the coffee/caffeine, most likely, since it's still the dominant ingredient in the cup, heheh =)

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  6. LOVELY PLACE! Same like mr.lonely, I stay in setapak but never know the existence of this place.. so nice.. love the ambiance !
    Definitely gonna try this place out when Im back to setapak!;D

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    1. Eunice: ya, it's very nice and soothing for a weekend afternoon to chill out with a few friends, and enjoy some sandwiches or cakes with coffee or tea. And prices are reasonable too. Hope you enjoy it, ya. It's hidden on the first floor of a shophouse row =)

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  7. Supposed to be? So u din actually taste d fruity-sweetness of the Sakura flat white?...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, ya, maybe my taste buds were a bit numbed by the booze in the other coffees. i should have sipped it with a clean palate, perhaps =)

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  8. Coffee with alcohol? No, thanks...but is it anything like coffee liquer? That's nice!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, it's not quite like coffee liquor, but the mix of coffee and alcohol can actually be quite harmonious :D

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  9. I am totally unfamiliar with that area but the coffees sound interesting enough to warrant a visit. I wonder if I can request to add in more Soju for a better kick? hehehe

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i only managed to get here thanks to our trusty GPS (specifically, Waze, heheh) :D good idea though about requesting extra soju. i'd be willing to pay an extra RM5 for more soju to make it more enjoyable and distinctive =)

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  10. Speaking of Delicious, I used to be a HUGE fan of their bolognese but last week the 1Utama branch utterly disappointed. Sauce was watery and weak and I got some uninspiring meatballs instead :(

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    1. Timing: yikes! that does sound disappointing. Delicious is actually gonna undergo some rebranding and refurbishment for its outlets this year, so hopefully that will result in a lot of improvements, ya :D

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  11. Wa....another nice coffee place. Sakura-themed flat white sounds interesting.

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    1. Melissa: yeah, a good spot for coffee lovers to check out. and the sakura-themed one is available for april only, in conjunction with japan's cherry blossom season :D

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  12. Hey Sean, nice blog post. It is my dream to have a cup of coffee at some place in New York where I could get those beautiful cream art design on my coffee. I would love it. Thank you for sharing this article, I find it too interesting.

    Regards,
    Finn Felton
    Kopi Luwak

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    1. Finn: thanks for your kind words. that sounds like a great dream, and i would definitely like to have that experience someday too =)

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  13. Yea Delicious is definitely under going some major rehaul. I'm looking forward to see what the team will come up with :)
    Meanwhile I remember havin alcoholic coffee at the hummingbird cafe by Beatrice Looi. RM25 min for a glass - with quite a few variety on the menu too. Do you remember tht one Sean? :)

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    1. TNG: ya, by the end of the year, it looks like there'll be a brand-new Delicious that we can look forward to :D ooo, you have a good memory! yeah, those liquor-laced coffees at hummingbirds were a treat! it's sad that hummingbirds isn't around anymore, ya...

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  14. Hi,

    If you allow me to write something about this place, as I frequent it so much.

    I found this place very similar with Jin Yi (Uptown) and Await (Taman Desa), these places serve single-origin beans (with a good range of beans) and you can have them in/through pour-over, siphon, aeropress, etc. There are also beans not listed in the menu (usually up to 3 or more each week or fortnight), and you will have to find out from the boss. :)

    Lastly, NBCL serves the cheapest espresso in town, RM3 for a single shot and RM4 for a dopio.

    I hope you can try out the specialty coffee there and do a write up about it after.

    @yclian

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    1. Yclian: thanks for your very useful tips! I wish I had known this so I could have written about it. Appreciate your taking the time to explain this =)

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