Saturday, July 12, 2014

Xenri Specialty Coffee @ Old Klang Road

KL, meet your newest 'hidden' caffeine stop: Xenri Specialty Coffee is a pop-up slow bar that opened this week, owned by the long-running Xenri Japanese restaurant group & operated by Irene, Monica & Ashraf, who've worked in the past at various coffee outlets in the Klang Valley.

Xenri Specialty Coffee is currently tucked inside Wisma Elken, next door to the main Japanese establishment off Old Klang Road. It's meant to be a precursor to a two-level cafe & restaurant that'll open nearby within several months; expect to enjoy ramen & hand-crafted coffee soon at the same venue.

Try three types of single-origin beans from Colombia, Kenya & Indonesia, one each representing Central America, Africa & Asia.

Syphon, Hario V60, Aeropress & GCB brewing methods; prices seem pretty reasonable for these.

Snatch a seat at the bar & let Irene explain the beverages; she has a keen sense of humour & a friendly enthusiasm.

Ashraf & Monica work intently on preparing the medium-roasted coffee; we were happy to watch, listen & learn.

Kenya AA (Curtis Gold Cup Brewer), the easiest to drink, with pleasant floral & fruity notes.

Colombia (V60), more complex & aromatic, demanding a bit more time & thought to savour.

Indonesia Sumatran (syphon); a lot of things going on in each sip. Each of these three was distinctive in its own fashion.

Xenri Specialty Coffee is also experimenting with cold brews; not officially available right now, but the Kenyan one, made with 20 hours of brewing, is a nutty pleasure.

Xenri Specialty Coffee is open 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri, & on Saturdays at 12pm-230pm & 630pm-1030pm. Table seating is available if customers want to order from Xenri's Japanese menu next door.

Xenri Specialty Coffee
Wisma Elken, Off Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-7783-8118

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12 comments:

  1. Coffee n Japanese...an intriguing combination =)

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    1. Ulric: and it's a pretty calm coffee bar, so it fits into the zen atmosphere of a japanese restaurant like this :)

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  2. Yay for another cafe, and not too far from us. :D
    We had some really good kopi during this trip, happy! Hehe.

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    1. CK: ya, just a 10-15-minute drive from your home, i think. and they do all the syphon/aeropress coffee that you enjoy :D it's been a good month for coffee! :D

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  3. I like their signs, very attractive! :)

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    1. Linda: i'd agree with that too! :D

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  4. That contraption makes it look like in a Chemistry lab. :D Yes, I'm old school... Old man mah, will just use the sock!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, preparing coffee this way is kinda all about chemistry, rite :D

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  5. huhu, nice combination of coffee, thanks for sharing too~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: hope you get some good coffee this week! :D

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  6. Sushi and coffee... Hmmm :)

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    1. Rebecca: unexpected business move for a japanese restaurant chain, to venture into gourmet coffee :D

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