Monday, October 7, 2013

VCR @ Galloway, Feeka @ Mesui & Quartet @ TTDI

There are more than two dozen viable ways to start a story about VCR. Here's one of them.

It's 2009 when the U.S. financial crisis forces a Malaysian information technology worker who's spent the best part of his twenties in Honolulu & San Francisco back to his homeland. He's not happy about it; a chunk of his next three years is consumed by labor in which social isolation is the soul-deadening rule. It's not the life he wants.

It's February 2012 when the glimpse of a different future crystallizes, born of the same thought that's struck thousands of other people seeking a fresh beginning: Open a cafe. In his case, the circumstances prove encouraging: He has a buddy who'll take that leap of faith with him, plus a family willing to bestow both financial & moral support.

It's in Japan, at a conference of coffee lovers, that he secures both inspiration & information by speaking with people who've trodden this path a lifetime ago. It's back in KL, in Artisan Roast Coffee, that he learns what it's like to spend weeks, then months, making coffee that meets his own expectations & being part of a place where people want to be. 

It's late at night when he's in a car heading home from a wedding. He's not 100 percent sober, which might explain that wrong turn into a dead-end street of decades-old houses near Pudu. Others will describe it as destiny. Why else would he return the next day, haunted by the vision of something that's not there, the possibility of something like a coffee ashram.

 And finally, it's here on that street, at VCR Cafe, that this man will be on Oct. 10, not alone but with a team of passionate collaborators who'll officially open their long-gestating coffee-&-cakes outlet; they include the barrister-turned-barista who's a co-founder of the Cafe Hop KL community (https://www.facebook.com/CafeHopKl ... follow them).

For the rest of the story, visit VCR 11am-8pm daily from Thursday (business hours will evolve), take a table by the street-level counter (the space upstairs is currently reserved for private events & Eyes-Wide-Shut-style orgies), talk to the people here & enjoy their coffee (might be Artisan & Coffex blends, with the occasional manifestation of names like Smitten & Nylon).

Call it 1001 Arabica Nights: There'll be other coffee tales to hear & tell this year, like the fable of Feeka, the cafe that's seemingly under perpetual renovation in the Mesui realm near Changkat BB, certain nonetheless to someday captivate acolytes of venues like PJ's Butter + Beans ...

... & the enigma of what lurks within Quartet, soon to stir (we hope) in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

VCR Cafe,
2, Jalan Galloway, Off Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. Behind Swiss Garden.

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26 comments:

  1. hohoho.....VCR is so near to my working place. ^^ this is such a good news!

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    1. 女飞侠: that's great! you can head there for afternoon coffees! :D

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    1. Suituapui: cakes will be available starting Thursday =)

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  3. Wow.. such a tale Sean! Enjoyable short story to wake me up tis morning! :D
    can't wait to see what cakes they offer!

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, glad you enjoyed it =) ooo, cakes apparently won't be their no. 1 focus, though they should be sourcing some nice ones nevertheless =)

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  4. I love the hardwood floors...and the coffee looks so good!

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    1. Linda: those floors do add a charming sense of warmth. And the coffee was nice enough that we finished drinking it even though it was past 10pm at the time =)

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  5. Cakes on thursday? wow, you must have visited this place right after their opening!

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    1. Ken: heh, actually cakes will be this thursday onward, oct. 10. they're not officially open yet, but their owners have been kind enough recently to allow guinea pigs to come in first =)

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  6. Exciting news. I like this - barrister-turned-barista. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: you'll probably like him and his coffee too =)

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  7. Beautiful story... with some mix emotions when pairing with the photos. I really feel like dropping by as soon as possible to check out this place.

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    1. Sycookies: thanks, i enjoyed listening to the people at VCR share their stories with us (we spent about two hours there). i think this weekend would be the ideal time to visit this place. i hope you'll enjoy your visit =)

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  8. Will visit VCR soon! hehehe

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    1. CK: yay, hope you like the place, the people and the coffee at VCR =)

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  9. Now that I am dealing with caffeine much better..its time to check out VCR!

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    1. Missyblurkit: glad to hear you're now caffeine-ready! good to celebrate by visiting VCR! :D

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  10. Looks like the owner poured out his life experience to you in more then one cup of coffee !!!!! What a story, an inspiring one, I must say !

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    1. It will be in my list of place to visit, thanks !

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    2. Wong: yeah, i guess if we actually sit down & listen, many cafe owners will have interesting stories of passion to tell us. thanks for reading =)

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    3. Wong: oh, and i hope you enjoy visiting this place! =)

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  11. ooo... exciting times we live it! what's brewing.. i wonder;)

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    1. Ciki: heady batches of caffeinated goodness! am on a coffee high even today, heheh =)

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  12. another interesting place

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    1. Cquek: yeah, quirky and cool =)

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