Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Epiphany Coffee @ Ara Damansara & My Espresso @ Subang

Cured by caffeine: Eureka moments might be challenging to come by without a cup of coffee within reach, a robust reason to visit bean-bountiful cafes like Epiphany at Oasis Ara Damansara & My Espresso in USJ Subang Jaya.

Epiphany uses Rubra beans for cappuccinos, lattes & ristrettos that can be partnered with this cafe's apple strudels, blueberry scones, coconut lemon bars, carrot cakes & chocolate muffins.
Aug. 16 Edit: Epiphany now uses beans by Malaysian specialty roaster Flightless Mule.

We order affogatos wherever we find them. And usually, we love them.

Epiphany is also a tobacco specialist, selling flavored tobacco & rolling paper. This cafe has three separate spaces: an air-conditioned non-smoking interior, another air-conditioned area for smokers & an alfresco section.

Books on Epiphany's shelves include Murakami novels that'll take multiple visits to finish.

Serious coffee-seekers might also make the effort to visit MyEspresso, hidden on a shop-house first floor in one of Subang's most far-flung neighborhoods.

My Espresso uses Highlander coffee for its brews. Very pleasant indeed.

Can't resist the affogato here either, piled with generous scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Coffee-making equipment is available for sale at MyEspresso, as well as mugs & saucers.

Plenty of books to browse through too (customers can plunge into the entire LOTR saga here), or play UNO perhaps.

Bonus coffee stop, (much) closer to our workplace: EspressoLab at Pavilion, one of numerous EspressoLabs popping up in malls across the Klang Valley.

Have some iced latte with monin syrup or lick up every bit of the affogato (RM14).

Epiphany Coffee & Tobacco,
D-G-06, Block D, Oasis Ara Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/7A, Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 03-7859-9998
Open daily, 10am-10pm

MyEspresso Cafe,
63A, Jalan USJ 21/11, Subang Jaya.
Tues-Sat, 11am-7pm, Sun 2pm-7pm.

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38 comments:

  1. The coffee looks amazing! I love the decor and feel of this place...and they have books that you can read as well! I find it interesting that they only open at 11 a.m., especially since they serve great coffee! (and Sunday at 2 p.m.) (referring to MyEspresso Cafe). Great review, Sean, thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, the books are definitely a nice touch at both these cafes. i like the idea of just curling up at a corner, ordering two or three consecutive cups of coffee, maybe a slice of cake, all while losing myself in a nice novel! :D

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  2. Been to EspressoLab in Times @ Pavilion...feels good having a cuppa with a book in hand and surrounded by them...a quiet corner to enjoy =)

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    1. Ulric: that's true, the espressolab in pavilion and bangsar shopping center are both pretty cool since they're nestled inside the times bookstores there. though the one in pavilion does feel a little too cramped and can get totally crowded =)

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    2. More spacious at BSC...got it! =)

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    3. Ulric: but neither one serves coffee cocktails :P

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    4. LOL! Someone should really create coffee wines for you...then u'll have d best of both worlds! :P

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    5. Ulric: haha, you read my mind! :D

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    6. Glad you guys enjoyed your coffee at espressolab@pavilion :) for cocktail coffee you need to come see me for private tasting.. Lol

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    7. Glad you guys enjoyed your coffee at espressolab@pavilion :) for cocktail coffee you need to come see me for private tasting.. Lol

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  3. The modern Kopitiam that comes with a price !

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    1. Wong: not too high a price, hopefully!

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  4. I'd like mine black. Had some pretty good coffee when I was in KL but these "branded" ones sure don't come cheap.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i like my coffee milky. and yeah, coffee sometimes costs more than food these days at this outlets =)

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  5. Yay for more caffeine! Which one should I visit first? MyEspresso or Epiphany? hmmm

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    1. CK: heheh, both also good ... i guess go to whichever one is more convenient for your location! :D

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  6. Oohh...I'd lick up every bit of that affogato too!

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    1. Pureglutton: affogato's the perfect antidote for this steaming-hot weather in KL! :D

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  7. The last time I walked past espressolab I noticed they have The Last Polka ice cream!

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    1. Baby Sumo: espressolab's really well-stocked with dessert! they've also got yummy-looking blueberry muffins and chocolate cookies :D

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    2. Artisan Roast in BVII also has The Last Polka on offer...yay! =)

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    3. Ulric: the last polka is everywhere! at The Bee in publika and jaya one too :D

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  8. Nothing like some coffee to soothe one's gloomy day. =) I'm more of a cappuccino fan, although I don't mind a cup of strong black.

    It's great to know that some F&B outlets are actually allowing their customers to browse through the ever-growing list of novels and read 'em for free.

    I, unfortunately, am too hooked on Coffee Bean. >.<"

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    1. Waverly: today definitely borders on gloomy for me. i need some affogato! :D oooh, i generally just drink lattes, heh. it's probably been a year or more since my last cappuccino :D and yup, these novels are a nice touch. i wouldn't mind lingering at Epiphany and reading the Murakami book (which definitely isn't available at Coffee Bean!). i like some of Coffee bean's ice-blended, i guess =)

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  9. Mmmm... affogato one of my favs too.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, especially in this tropical climate! :D

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  10. Someone should open a chocolate specialty cafe. good for someone like me. LOL.
    Theobroma is nothing compared to some places in the US that I read online .. whoa. the cocoa beans sounds jz as complicated as coffee beans!
    But i guess no one would crave for hot choc as much as coffee cos of the caffeine..

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    1. TNG: yaa, there was this chocolate specialty cafe a few years ago called Schokolart in Solaris Mont Kiara, but it closed after two years. i think it was a bit too much ahead of its time, and it could actually do well now if it opened in Publika. i'm just like you, i actually love hot chocolate! more than coffee! especially if it's made just right, not too sweet or cloying =)

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  11. MyEspresso Cafe, really look like one hidden spot! Other than coffee...what is nice? Cakes?

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, myespresso is difficult to find without GPS, heh =) they have cakes too, cheesecakes, I think, but I didn't manage to try them =)

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  12. Yes to affogatos. Perfect caffeine and some cool fix which is much needed in the current hot spell.

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    1. Missyblurkit: true, I'm definitely hoping to have an affogato this weekend! :D

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  13. Hey Sean, just for clarification, Epiphany uses an independent micro roaster under the name of Flightless Mule.

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    1. King: oh, thanks for that. they told us they were using rubra beans, but i guess they might have made changes since then (or maybe i'm getting everything mixed up) =)

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    2. Hi Sean. Yes we have changed our beans! To ensure the freshness of our beans, we've now switched to local specialty coffee roaster, The Flightless Mule Roasters.

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    3. NiN86: thanks for the update, folks! i've edited the entry above to add a mention of flightless mule =)

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