Fearless barista Terrence Goh honed his craft at PJ's Artisan Roast & Butter + Beans before launching this new caffeine bar, with a Limey-themed setting that's befits its lobby-level location at the Malaysian complex of the UK-based Standard Chartered's technology services centre.
But the 23-year-old hopes to serve not only this building's office workers but also anyone who's driving to KL from the city's southern outskirts; Wisma Scope International is an easy detour off the North-South Expressway (turn left immediately before the Shell & Petronas stations, 250 metres before the exit to Sri Petaling & Sunway).
Seems like 'folgerphobia' is a real word, but only barely; the Internet seems divided about whether it means feeling panicked at the thought of having coffee or not having any coffee. Either way, Folgerphobia provides a nice, long manifesto for customers to browse before their coffee is ready.
Everything about the coffee is carefully calibrated; Goh succeeds in being the elusive sort of barista who's both very friendly (chatting easily & warmly with customers) & very serious (hearing out feedback on whether the coffee meets expectations).
Goh recommends the carrot cake; a heftier-than-expected chunk (two should share this), filled with juicy bits of fruits & nuts.
Looking for more places to drink coffee & devour cakes? Not a problem: Our next destination, Epique Coffee Company at Damansara Perdana's Empire Damansara, is here to please.
Epique serves not only regular ol' lattes but also Milo & Horlicks lattes (RM7 each) for our inner child (plus a Milo affogato too).
Mini salted cheesecakes (RM2) & Hokkaido chiffon cupcakes (RM8), Epique's got 'em.
One more for the road: TNT Coffee & Cafe, another office-block java joint, this one at Petaling Jaya landmark Menara Amfirst, pretty close to the likes of Kanna Curry House.
TNT's coffee sticks to the basics; maybe the more enticing order here is the chocolate ice-blended with Nutella.
Simple chicken-&-tomato sandwiches (only RM4 with a beverage purchase) for a harried cubicle slave's lunch; Little Tee Cakes are available here too (hurray, peanut butter chocolate & hazelnut), as well as chicken pies, scones ...
... & Crush fruit smoothies (jackfruit fans, consider yourselves notified).
Wisma Scope International, Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
Epique Coffee Company
Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana
Tue-Thurs, 1030am-830pm; Fri-Sun, 1030am-930pm
TNT Coffee & Cafe
Menara Amfirst, Jalan 19/3, Petaling Jaya
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