Sunday, September 1, 2013

Typica 2 @ Ampang & VCR Cafe @ Galloway, Pudu

Good coffee is like hope, love or charity; it sometimes springs up in the unlikeliest location. For everyone who believes that life can be summed up as one long, ceaseless pursuit of coffee, trek forth to Ampang New Village this weekend & Pudu imminently.

 On Malaysia's Merdeka Day, on Ampang's Merdeka Road (the universe's playful coincidence), respected cafe Typica opened an outpost that tries to take coffee appreciation to its purest level, coaxing customers to a house-turned-caffeine-bar, the private supper-club version of a cafe.

 Look for this residence, the childhood home of barista Yaw, which he & Typica owner Sum have converted into a caffeinated sanctuary, shielded from prying eyes by recycled aluminium awning.

 Typica 2, as some might call this labor of love, currently opens only on weekends; visitors must ring ahead to reserve a berth. There are two sessions, 12pm-3pm & 3pm-6pm, each accepting a maximum of 12 souls, on both Saturday & Sunday.

 Welcome drinks of cold cherry tea to refresh the palate before the coffee comes.

 Sticker shock might strike some patrons; the cheapest serving of coffee is RM40, with prices peaking at RM230. But this is a special experience, featuring top-flight coffee produced with passion & panache. Plus, the smaller crowd affords attention both personalized & personable.

 Be at ease among the most chilled-out community of cafe customers ever & grind your own coffee beans at the living room table, taking time to sniff out nutty-toasty aromas before delivering the more delicate task of brewing to Sum & Yaw.

Kenya AA proves light, with sweet, fruity nuances emerging & evolving as the beverage cools, while Costa Rica Tarazzu is a clean-tasting but full-bodied option, both freshly roasted at Typica with a view to faithfully preserving their original flavors. Each costs RM40.

 Desserts are available; try Typica's tiramisu (RM40), which features figs as well as touches of whisky & pay-because-it's-premium Sumatran Mandheling coffee.

 Melon panna cotta (RM35), also lovably elegant. Note to Typica fans: no fear, the original outlet at Shaw Parade on Changkat Thambi Dollah stays open as usual.

Pat the cat before leaving (it won't scratch) & pay a visit perhaps to the outdoor toilet out back, where a full-length curtain, not a door, supplies a semblance of privacy.

 Typica's not the only coffee specialist this year that's chosen the road less traveled; on Pudu's Galloway Road, near Swiss Garden Residences, something's definitely brewing on what would initially look like an innocuous, partly derelict row of houses.

 This is where the super-secretive VCR Cafe will be; still, a visitor who stands outside for now might simply stare & wonder, 'what cafe?' Indeed.

 We had hoped someone would be here amid these ruins of renovation to cast valuable light on VCR's future, but it's fated that the complete story of this two-story cafe, now many months in the making, must remain a tale for another time.

 Remember the address & expect to hear heaps about VCR eventually (guaranteed).

 Felines prowl this place too; could cats be attracted to coffee? Meow if the answer's 'yes.'

Typica 2,
342, Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang.
Tel: Try Typica's Shaw Parade headquarters at 03-2145-0328


VCR Cafe,
2, Jalan Galloway, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: Only God & several dozen people know for now (or they should; well, God does)

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30 comments:

  1. WOW at the prices, a cuppa coffee at rm40 and its the cheapest? serious? @.@"

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    1. Ken: ya, it's definitely pricey, but i think in this context, it's worth it. was also reminded that we often have to pay about RM30 for a basic glass of wine at restaurants too, heh =)

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  2. A labour of love is the best, Sean! Cats are phenomenal creatures. Not sure if you remember the video I posted on my blog a while back about a cat that has chosen to live at Auschwitz, the former concentration camp? They just sense things that we don't. Great review, as always!

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    1. Linda: yup, that kind of passion is inspiring =) and yes, i recall your video fondly and quite vividly. i do try to look out for stray cats sometimes when i'm walking around, just out of curiosity to see where they're heading to and what they're up to =) thanks! :D

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  3. never been here but this is kinda special~ =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: yeah, a somewhat different experience for coffee fans =)

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  4. Curious about VCR Cafe! Hopefully there will be more news soon :)

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    1. Footfringe: looks like the cats hanging around here were curious too (though luckily they're not dead from that curiosity) :D

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    2. Footfringe: cannot resist lah :D

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  5. You have my attention.. Ampang + good coffee! :-)

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    1. The Yum List: oh ya, and on a good day, it's only 15 minutes from KLCC via a convenient highway :D

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  6. Hehehe, we haven't visited yet, will go soon! :D

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    1. CK: heheh, it's quite fun. can easily spend two hours or more here, just enjoying the atmosphere, the conversation and the process of making and drinking the coffee :D

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  7. Nice place.
    LOL!! ---> "Only God & several dozen people know for now (or they should; well, God does)"
    You are really good at hunting for makan/drink place! ;-)

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    1. Melissa: heh, i hope to someday make makan-place-hunting into a full-time job. well, maybe lah, maybe not, heheh. thanks :D

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  8. Typica sounds like a cool place for coffee lovers.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, i think it'll attract customers who really care about coffee :D

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  9. I've tried pannacotta once here but I did not really like it, nothing to get excited about - maybe it was not well done. Yet to stumble across one that would change my mind about it.

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    1. Suituapui: heh, panna cotta's not really my favorite dessert too usually, though it can be really enjoyable when it's done right. gotta be super smooth, soft but not mushy, and have a clean but distinct flavor :D

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  10. I like the ambience of the 2 places. AM glad to see more places more coffee connoisseurs these days.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, even though VCR is still a work in progress, can definitely see much potential with this place. and typica 2 does offer something unique too. glad we have both these places opening this year =)

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  11. Wow! What a great post! You covered so much in the one post.

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    1. Cquek: thanks, it was fun to write about both these places =)

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  12. so far i have only been to their outlet in Shaw and I like it very much. Nice to know that there's now a Typica 2 but the location is far for me..

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    1. Eiling: ooo, ya, if you like Typica 1, i think Typica 2 takes it one step further but maintains similar philosophies, so you'll probably like it too. it's only 15 minutes away from klcc, but ya, it's a bit difficult to find, cos it's deep inside a neighborhood =)

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  13. I think I'll stick to the Shaw outlet for now :P

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, i think the Shaw one will be the best bet for regular coffee-drinking occasions, it's definitely more affordable and accessible in general =)

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  14. more coffee?!! gah :P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i'm limiting myself to eight cups of coffee a week :D

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