Sunday, May 11, 2014

Folger Phobia @ Wisma Scope International, Epique @ Empire Damansara & TNT Coffee @ Menara Amfirst

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).

FolgerPhobia
Wisma Scope International, Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
Mon-Fri, 730am-730pm

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
Mon-Fri, 830am-630pm

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24 comments:

  1. Hi! Ever consider to head down to Singapore to cafe hop? Would love to read your reviews on them :)

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    1. ILA,17: ouh, probably not for now ... i think singapore's food writers do a good job of covering their own cafes. but thanks for the suggestion and the kind sentiments :)

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  2. WOW! That looks so delicious my mouth is watering..

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    1. Cquek: glad you approve :)

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  3. I've been to Epique before.. sadly, didn't really like the hot chocolate (more milk than chocolate).

    Also very unlikely to go to TNT since it's (understandably) open during the work week, and the daytime street parking situation there is just horrendous :P

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    1. SC: oh, wonder whether epique might have improved along the way ... i think they weren't quite fully formed in their initial weeks :) we parked inside wisma amfirst for tnt ... the charge wasn't too high, if i recall right, since we were there for less than an hour :)

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  4. Milo & Horlicks lattes (RM7 each) for our inner child (plus a Milo affogato too) !!! - Urgh why so far frm me!

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    1. Rebecca: but actually, empire damansara in damansara perdana is a really short drive from your home! :D

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  5. Err.... i guess that mini cheese cake fits the definition of mini well eh?

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    1. Ken: it's definitely worth the RM2, a fair price indeed :D

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  6. What a neat place, Sean! I love the British flair in that first photo! :) I absolutely love hot chocolate, and I love cold chocolate milk, too. I love hot tea and iced tea, and I like a cup of coffee occasionally, (hot)...but I don't like iced coffee. Love your photos.

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    1. Linda: that's true, the british touch is a cool effect here :) thanks for the kind words ... and i like cold chocolate milk too! :)

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  7. Nope, nothing for me here.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, move along, move along, don't block the road, haha :D

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  8. Folgerphobia - hee, hee! I have an official diagnosis. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: it might be contagious! :D

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  9. Oh I wonder how jackfruit juice tastes like.... did you like it? That carrot cake looks good.

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    1. Baby Sumo: the jackfruit juice tasted quite pure and the flavours were well-balanced, so the jackfruit flavour wasn't too overpowering :) and yeah, that was a carrot cake worth eating :D

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  10. I saw peanut butter cake!!! Hehehe.

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    1. CK: haha, yeah, it's a good peanut butter cake. the cake supplier there is the same as the one at Standing Theory cafe in SS2 :)

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  11. I like jackfruit! Hmmm....but not sure if I'm gonna like the juice.hehe

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    1. Melissa: heheh, if you see it available, maybe give it a try :D

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  12. No wonder I dont see Terence in Butter + Beans anymore...He's got his own joint now! Very smiley chap. Very pleasant. Will definitely work towards visiting Folgerphobia eventhough Bukit Jalil is so foreign to me

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    1. Fiza: hope you'll enjoy meeting up with Terence again :)

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