Sunday, January 26, 2014

Thirdwave @ Nexus Bangsar South

Thirdwave is set to spark a sea change for caffeine lovers in Bangsar South, helping to turn the tide against mediocre coffee as part of 2014's first wave of fresh faces in Kuala Lumpur's cafe scene.

The outlet, owned by three brothers & their sister, boasts a nice brew bar. Thirdwave has multiple explanations for its name; it's an unmistakable reference to the international movement to produce top-flight coffee, but it's also a sly nod to the heritage of the friendly Beh siblings _ they're from Pangkor Island & they're third-generation Malaysians.

Like many of today's coffee bars, Thirdwave's super-serious about what it serves, ensuring its Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Kenyan AA & Tanzanian single-origin beans receive nothing short of tender, loving treatment from a Chemex coffee-maker, Coffega cold-drip system & Kalita 102 ceramic dripper.

We blacked out for our coffee choices this time. Nice, nutty nuances.

Cold brew coffee? Check; that's available here too.

Something strange: Kopi Kola, delicately fizzy, doubly caffeinated (maybe). For fans of Coca-Cola.

Thirdwave operates on the first floor of the obscure-for-now Nexus complex, which isn't luring many visitors so far (indoor parking's still free). Expect to hear much more about Nexus in the year ahead, but since it's still crowd-free for now, Thirdwave's owners have time to stroll around & hand out cute samples of their coffee in test tubes.

Not an affogato admirer? Thirdwave might make you see the error of your ways. 

 Fans of tea won't be left out here, not with Dilmah varieties like single-estate Oolong & rose with French vanilla.

Savoury food will be available soon after Chinese New Year. For now, Thirdwave offers distinctive desserts from indie bakers: Love how Cake Jalan Tiung makes a Root Beer Float cupcake that tastes remarkably like a carbonated beverage dessert ...

 ... plus a passion fruit & mango cupcake that's pleasantly tangy.

Multiply.f also supplies cakes here: The jackfruit cheesecake tastes perfect for what it is, rich in flavour & texture.

Thirdwave's own banana cream pie, pulpy & full of fruity sweetness.

All in all, Thirdwave is first-rate by nearly every measure. Except its choice of Lana Del Rey for its speakers.


Thirdwave
1-11, Level 1, Nexus, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur. Kinda opposite The Sphere.
Currently 10am-10pm daily (will be closed for Chinese New Year)

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26 comments:

  1. Ahhhhh!!!! Kopi-o!!! I like!!! Milk makes me sleepy.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i prefer the creaminess & lovely flavour of milk, though yeah, great coffee shines well on its own too =)

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  2. You should create an app like urbanspoon :) ... you've gone to SOOOO many eating places :D

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    1. Nekohime: thanks, will keep that in mind, will have to find the right partners with the expertise for a project like that :)

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  3. I always find anything in test tubes really cool.. gotta get some!

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    1. Baby sumo: ya, it was certainly interesting drinking coffee from test tubes instead of cups! :)

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  4. We were thinking to visit Thirdwave this afternoon, but at the end we went somewhere instead, haha.

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    1. CK: ooo, worth visiting before or after Chinese New Year. Nice people here, heheh :)

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    2. Yup, CK and I have heard really good things about this café and the people behind them from baristas we trust. Excited now, haha. :D

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    3. Kenny: yay! ya, the beh siblings say they trained with the barista guild asia folks. i like how they keep things non-intimidating here, even for dazed-&-confused customers like me who don't know the difference between Chemex and Coffega =)

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  5. Great shots sean.. now to find a time to visit! :)

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    1. Ciki: thanks! here's wishing you enough time to visit everything you want to visit! :D

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  6. I love a glass of cold drip coffee with a splash of maple syrup.

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    1. The Yum List: that would be the makings of a delicious drink indeed!!! :D

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  7. Very clean and crisp decor, Sean! I absolutely love the vintage turquoise radio! The presentations are lovely.

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    1. Linda: I love how your observant eye notices details like those! the owners of this place definitely put a nice deal of thought into the décor =)

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  8. Kopi Kola? Ok, that's something new lol. I'd love to try their jackfruit cheese cake :DDDD

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    1. Ken: ya, they managed to balance the flavours for the kopi kola quite well, very pleasantly :D and even though i'm not a fan of jackfruit in general, i still enjoyed that cake, heh :D

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  9. Nice! Looks like a good place to visit & chit chat with the owners for more knowledge on coffee beans! ;)

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    1. Rebecca: true! and with four owners working here, you can definitely get at least one of them available at any time for a friendly chat with customers! :D

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  10. the test tubes are so laboratory haah!
    i have tried Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee..it's really soothing even a non-coffee lover loves it too :D

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    1. Constance: haha, ya, in one sense, it does demonstrate how the making of great coffee is more of a science than an art (i think!) ... glad to hear you enjoy that type of bean. i think i generally prefer the central american beans to the african ones, but i'm still learning a lot about them! :D

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  11. Coffee and desserts! Yummy!

    The Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is really good. Had 2 shots of it...memorable!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, very good coffee and rather unusual desserts :) sounds like the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is getting plenty of fans in KL! looks like we'll be seeing more of it in the months to come, ya :)

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  12. I like your post, thanks for hosting this food guide.




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