Phileo Damansara & Subang might not seem like places where the Holy Grail of caffeine could be hidden, but two coffee bars that opened this week show that the Third Wave is ready to Roar in both neighborhoods.
First up, Phileo Damansara's Sprezza, short for 'sprezzatura,' an Italian word that might characterize how coffee here is crafted. Look it up.
No Blurred Lines prove visible for former Artisan barista Azlan Ariff Azman's latte art; the Clarity of this Rosetta might reflect the sharpness of its maker's sum-total skills.
Caffe mocha (RM11). Terrific temperatures & comforting creaminess for these beverages, with a beautiful house blend of Guatemalan, Brazilian, Ethiopian & Sumatran beans that's fit for Royals.
Sandwiches & more will be available soon, but for now, dessert lovers will Get Lucky with this Mars bar cheesecake (RM9) ...
... & a Gula Melaka pandan cake that's surprisingly light but somehow still luscious.
Next up, Cruise over to Subang's Flat White, another warmly amiable cafe, this one opened by four longtime friends who confess to be "coffee junkies."
Flat White uses beans roasted by Singapore's Coffee Culture, with a mildly bitter blend of more than 70 percent Costa Rican combined with Ethiopian & Colombian.
Interesting work here; this Nutella cappuccino (!) makes for a tasty Wake-Me-Up call. Wouldn't mind two Cups of this on drowsy days.
We Can't Stop ordering affogatos wherever we go. Lap this up until it's Gone, Gone, Gone.
Savory food will also be available at Flat White eventually, but for now, its cakes that include a peanut butter & chocolate one deserve a fair amount of Applause.
Will Sprezza & Flat White receive the Same Love that has favored the Klang Valley's most popular java joints? Tricky to tell, but here's hoping both stay Safe & Sound for an exceptionally long time to come. See You Again!
Sprezza Coffee by Sprezzatura,
116, Block E, Phileo Damansara 1, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Open weekdays only, noon-8pm (3pm-midnight Fridays)
Flat White Cafe,
73-1, Level 1, Jalan SS15/8A, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Now open 1pm-1am daily, but will likely change. Flat White's owner note: For a better experience, head here next week perhaps, when new coffee-making equipment comes.