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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