Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Optimist Coffee @ Ampang

The cup is always full, never half-empty, at The Optimist Coffee, serving flat whites, roasted hazelnut lattes & pandan lamingtons with plenty of smiles outside the Ampang Park LRT station's street-level entrance starting this week, 7am-7pm.

Even the kiosk's customers seem more cheerful than expected, buoyed perhaps by their confidence in the coffee here.

The flat white (RM7.90) & iced roasted hazelnut latte (RM9.90) might be served in disposable containers, but they taste as indispensable as what we'd find in many cafes. Rich & robust, perking up commuters & city workers since December 2014. Quote-of-the-day stickers on the coffee cups may vary from customer to customer.



Quite a sizeable selection for a rather small space - everything from espressos (RM5.90) to hot chocolates (RM7.90) to mochas, vanilla lattes & salted caramel lattes (RM8.90 for hot) for the steady stream of patrons.

Customers can also take away snacks - the pandan lamingtons are completely satisfying, well-balanced in taste & texture, well-priced for RM3 each. Brownies, pastries & sandwiches might be available, if they're not already sold out in the afternoon.

Only a five-minute walk from the office where we worked last year; it's too late for us to enjoy the caffeine here regularly, but we're hopeful The Optimist Coffee - which seems to be an independently run business - will open more outposts eventually.

The Optimist Coffee
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Across the road from the Ampang Park shopping centre


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39 comments:

  1. Hi Sean, knowing me as you do, and seeing the blog posts that I share, you will know how much I love this concept! I love the layout of the place, the name and the optimistic theme and quotations! :)

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    1. Linda: yes, this is a place we can believe in! :)

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  2. Ooh, nearby coffee - great news! I do hope people will be encouraged to bring refillable cups though. That's an awful lot of trash potential.

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    1. The Yum List: that's a very thoughtful idea ... it could work for the regulars who work nearby and visit the optimist frequently :)

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    2. great idea! Fill those starbucks mugs with actual coffee. instead of them overpriced sugary frap crap.

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    3. Jaziel: coincidentally there is a Starbucks just a 30-second walk away from this kiosk, heh :)

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  3. Nothing like a good Malaysianised-Aussie lamington with a local twist of pandan flavour ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: a cross-cultural triumph of taste :)

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  4. I can imagine the aroma of the roasted hazelnut latte...nicely paired with the pandan lamingtons =)

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    1. Ulric: perfect for that 12pm-2pm period when we need something to bring us back to life :)

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    2. Hey tat's lunchtime! I'll need to be brought back to life from 3-4pm...lolz! =)

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    3. Ulric: by 3pm-4pm, can just look forward to clocking out of work very soon :D

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  5. Interesting idea, pandan lamington sounds great either, pandan works well with desiccated coconut :)

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    1. Ken: ya, and the flavours are mild and subtle, not too sweet, beautifully executed :)

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  6. Just a walking distance from my new office, hooray!
    I want to try the pandan lamingtons, :D

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    1. CK: yay! hopefully there'll also be other goodies available at the optimist when you visit :D

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  7. The best to-go coffee I've had.

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    1. Rinesh: glad to hear you like the optimist too! :)

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  8. Pandan lamingtons - a multicultural snack if ever there was one! That LRT really needed a nice coffee place.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heh, yeah, a stroke of genius, both the pandan lamingtons and the coffee at mass transit corner :)

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  9. Hmmm...not a fan of lamingtons and this old man, country bumpkin, will only go for the old school kopitiam kopi-o-peng kao. I like the name though! Good one.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, lamingtons can appeal to people who like traditional sort of kuih-muih. and ya, cool name :)

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