Saturday, January 4, 2014

L'esprezzo @ The Curve & Eight Ounce Coffee @ Gardens

Shoppers running perilously low on caffeine can recharge at two mall-based coffee bars that began brewing this past month: L'esprezzo at The Curve & Eight Ounce Coffee at The Gardens.

First up, L'esprezzo, operated by The Loaf bakery-cafe chain as part of its bid to capitalize on the Klang Valley's spiraling demand for better-tasting coffee.

L'esprezzo taps the services of Barista Guild Asia industry trainers & relies on single-origin beans, combined for a signature blend of Brazilian & Colombian that was available for this visit, to keep standards relatively high.

Try the tasty 'Cube60c' (RM12), featuring frozen espresso cubes poured over with hot milk in perfect proportions, for satisfying caffeine-dairy synergy.

'Artisan sandwiches' are listed on the menu, apparently exclusive to L'esprezzo to keep the brand distinct from branches of The Loaf. Choices include chicken wraps with feta cheese, red onions, lettuce & tzatziki sauce (RM22).  

Regular pastries are offered too. L'esprezzo is likely to open its next branch at a Cheras mall.

Also acquiring attention: Eight Ounce Coffee, which has launched its first two outlets at The Gardens & KLCC.

The Gardens branch replaces Espressolab at the first-floor corridor link to Mid Valley Mall. 

Complimentary coffee alert: Eight Ounce will officially celebrate its opening by giving away 188 free takeaway cups of hot lattes at both its outposts, on a first-come, first-served basis of course, on Jan. 8. Other customers will be entitled to a 50 percent discount off all coffee on that day.

Luscious-looking mille-crepes are offered at Eight Ounce ... 

 ... plus other tempting cakes. Maybe next time.

 L'esprezzo By The Loaf
K-F012-W, First Floor, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara

8Oz Coffee Co
The Gardens & Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur


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30 comments:

  1. Just went to Eight Ounce Coffee @ Gardens this morning, ordered a piccolo latte, Hmmm......

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    1. I also felt hmm.... good creativity in latte art btw.

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    2. CK: ya, i've heard mixed reactions so far ... i think they're still in the process of working to improve their coffee, but i'm optimistic they'll get better =)

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    3. 小乱: congrats to the barista on taking the effort for that =)

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  2. Oooo Mille crepe... I want that!

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    1. Baby Sumo: i'm always tempted by creamy-looking mille-crepes too! :D

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    1. Mr Lonely: glad you like! =)

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  4. Interesting spread desserts and pastries! Nice ambiance too :D

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    1. Ken: yeah, lots of temptations to try =)

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  5. Goshhhhh!!!! Those sandwiches are really to die for!!!

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, you're a member of the sandwich fan club! heh =)

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  6. Lovely ambiance and the coffee looks so nice, Sean!

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    1. Linda: i like the presentation for the coffee, true! =)

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  7. Hmm should try out Eight Ounces soon! Wonder where's the Mille crepe from?

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, good question. i know i heard the answer somewhere, but i've forgotten it already unfortunately. bad memory, sorry! =)

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  8. I'm tempting to try out their mille crepe and sunny orange ^^

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    1. 比比: those do look very tantalizing! =)

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  9. I don't know why I can't seem to leave a comment here with OpenID, argh!

    Anyway, like 8 Oz's RM13 mocha (chocolatey, sweet enough, not too milky); lucky they're too far from me to make it a regular thing :P

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    1. SC: yikes, that's strange, i've always enabled openID. sorry about it =) heh, thanks for the info on the mocha. i'll drop by the klcc branch sometime =)

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  10. Coffee galore!!! Looks like its nicely lighted up for customers to have some work done over their coffee session.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i could happily bring my laptop over and do some reading/watching/writing before a movie or dinner :D

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  11. looks like the coffee scene in KL is getting more interesting and stiffer competition. I hope these outlets will be able to survive.

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    1. Eiling: ya, i hope the variety of outlets available encourages them to raise their standards to compete =)

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  12. The mille crepe look very nice. So neat!!

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    1. Melissa: ya, looks like it's worth trying! =)

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  13. I am foreigner but visited KL several times in a year and regular customer of espressolab, today I bought a cup of latte from the same outlet, same machine, but somehow taste different, maybe different beans, anyone know what happened to the replacement and where can I get any coffee from espressolab?

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    1. I mean they have changed to 8 ounce coffee

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    2. Leonuts: here is the current list of espressolab branches https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=708377279194667&set=a.260208460678220.71852.161970337168700&type=1&relevant_count=1

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    3. Thanks Sean, I guess no luck then. I stay often in the gardens and that was the closest I can get to... Anyway thanks a lot for the website, really help a lot :)

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