Typica 豆原

Typica 豆原

There are more and more independent cafes using hand roasted beans in the Klang Valley, but  this one has been opened for three and a half years. Located at the back corner of Shaw Parade at Changkat Thambi Dollah, the outlet gives a warm feeling with its wood furniture in yellow lighting.

The menu was written in English, Chinese and Japanese. We heard that they sell self-roasted beans, so decided to check out the price compared to other newer independent cafes. It was RM45 for 250g of their Arabica beans. Apart from roasting their own beans, the café also make cookies which they sell in jars and wraps.

We decided to sit in for a cuppa. We were shown a board with different types of hand roasted and specialty beans on a wooden board. Brazil Yellow Bourbon was recommended as we wanted something low in acidity. A ritual of coffee preparation started.

The beans were stored in a glass bottle, amount allocated for each serving. The bottle was only to open when the customer has made the order. We sniffed the scent from the bottle and displayed it on the plate provided. Then the barista grounded the coffee using a Taiwanese brand of grinder.

The grounded coffee was then put into a transparent bottle. The barista turned the bottle several times and opened up the lid for us to smell.  She told us that there were 3 layers of smell for freshly ground coffee, from the first time it was put in the glass jar right after the grind to the second spin of the jar and repeat the same to get the third layer of smell.

We smelled chocolate, fruits and nuts, which scent became more apparent towards the third spin after grind.

The coffee was prepared in a siphon by the barista, it involved boiling the water up to a right temperature before the ground was put in for the cooking. After a few stirring and smelling, the barista finally served the coffee – in a small cup together with a shot glass.

We were told that the shot glass was to be used to taste the coffee in different temperature and that helps to determine the amount of time you finish your cup of coffee. She said every coffee tastes different in varies temperature and everyone likes their coffee differently, the shot glass that chills faster than the cup should help the drinker to choose that.

The whole ritual was an interesting sight and it cost us a whopping RM40 for the cup of coffee. The coffee’s taste was up to par but it was probably a one off for us for the gimmick. Probably ordering something else on the menu such as their fresh juice for RM18 each, would be a more reasonable as it is cheaper than any of their coffee.

We looked at the board again before leaving the café and saw that Kopi Luwak Peaberry was priced at RM230. We assumed that it was the price of a cup like one we were served, since it was placed on the same board without indication of whether it was for the beans or a cup.

We know that Kopi Luwak is the most expensive beans in the world for its rarity and limitation in quantity, but will you pay that amount of money for a cup of coffee?

Address: Shaw Parade, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone No: +603 2145 0328
Website: http://typicacafe.blogspot.com/
Operation Time: Mon - Sun: 11:00 - 21:00

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