Entries from September 2011 ↓

Happy National Coffee Day!

CoffeeSeptember 29 is Happy National Coffee Day now also known as International Coffee Day! So, enjoy your cup of Joe!

Learn more about the origin of coffee here.

Espressamente Illy’s Espresso Shakerato & Greco All’Italiana

Espressamente Illy is a popular Italian cafe worldwide.

Espressamente Illy's Espresso Shakerato Freddo
Espressamente Illy’s Espresso Shakerato Freddo

Espressamente Illy’s Espresso Shakerato Freddo is a double illy espresso, chilled and shaken with ice & liquid sugar. It is quite strong and not for the fainthearted. Espresso Shakerato Freddo retails at MYR 10.50.

Espressamente Illy's Greco All'Italiana
Espressamente Illy’s Greco All’Italiana

Greco All’Italiana is illy’s funky version of an iced cappuccino. No doubt it is better than your regular iced cappuccino as not only it is well-balanced between ice, milk and espresso, it has a little bonus of chocolate powder to top it all. Greco All’Italiana retails at MYR 13.

Espressamente Illy's Spaghetti Carbonara
Espressamente Illy’s Spaghetti Carbonara

While the coffee are great, there are nothing to shout about for the food. Spaghetti Carbonara was not too bad, better than the average cafes that serve pasta but I expect it to be a whole lot better since Espressamente Illy ought to be Italian. Spaghetti Carbonara costs MYR 20.

Verdict: Amazing coffee. I’ll stick to my fave Neve Fondete the next time.

Sangaria Blend Coffee

Sangaria Blend Coffee
Sangaria Blend Coffee

Sangaria Blend Coffee is a ready-to-drink canned coffee drink from Japan. Sangaria Blend Coffee is like your regular canned coffee with sugar. Nothing special.

Sangaria Blend Coffee retails at MYR 3.30 at Yumiku, Pavilion KL.

Starbucks Via Arrives in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia

Starbucks Via has finally arrived in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Starbucks Via is an instant coffee first introduced two years ago in the United States.

Starbucks Via in 12 Single-Serve Sachets
Starbucks Via in 12 Single-Serve Sachets

Starbucks Via in 3 Single-Serve Sachets
Starbucks Via in 3 Single-Serve Sachets

Starbucks Via Italian Roast
Starbucks Via Italian Roast

Starbucks Via Italian Roast consists of extra bold instant and microground coffee. The first taste, you can’t tell whether it’s brewed coffee or instant coffee as the bold flavor of the microground Arabica coffee hides the fact it’s instant coffee.

However, unlike what most people think, Starbucks Via is instant coffee but it’s not 3-in-1 coffee as there are no sugar or creamers mixed in it, therefore retaining the aromatic flavor of the coffee.

Starbucks Via Colombia is made of medium instant and microground coffee where it is milder in flavor and taste.

To make Starbucks Via coffee, you just need to add 180ml hot water, and perhaps milk, sugar or creamer too as necessary.

Both Starbucks Via Colombia and Italian Roast are originated from Colombia.

In Malaysia, Starbucks Via are available in 3-count (MYR 8.00) or 12-count pack (MYR 28.00), in two flavors — Colombia and Italian Roast in all Starbucks stores.

In Singapore, Starbucks Via are available in 3-count ($3.90) or 12-count pack ($13.90), in Colombia, Italian Roast and Decaf Italian Roast in all Starbucks stores.

Mbuji Cafe’s Irish Creme & Caramello

Mbuji Cafe has been expanding vastly since we last visited Mbuji Cafe in IOI Mall, Puchong including Tropicana City Mall.

However, Mbuji Cafe at Subang Carrefour is the same old place with very few customers.

Mbuji Cafe's Irish Creme
Mbuji Cafe’s Irish Creme

Irish Creme was merely an ordinary coffee drink with tons of whip cream on top sprinkled with some chocolate powder. Bad Ass’ Jitter Juice would kick Mbuji’s ass anytime for Irish Creme (no pun intended).

Mbuji Cafe's Caramello
Mbuji Cafe’s Caramello

Caramello, meanwhile was more decent with caramel topping as coffee art and not too sweet.

Verdict: Good coffee but knowing what you order would help you get the good drinks as not all flavors suit everyone.

Coffee Chemistry Cafe Is Not So Great After All

After a few visits to Coffee Chemistry Cafe in Sunway Giza, I have to admit the service deteriorates each time we visited. When we first visited Coffee Chemistry Cafe, it was different as there weren’t many customers and therefore, the service wasn’t that bad.

Fine Blended Mocha
Fine Blended Mocha

Fine Blended Mocha was somewhat disappointing, something I can easily do with a blender at home. The taste was mediocre, perhaps it was the amount of ice used.

Iced Cafe Mocha
Iced Cafe Mocha

The same goes for Iced Cafe Mocha where the actual taste of coffee diminished due to the amount of ice used.

Verdict: Great pasta. Mediocre coffee. Poor service. Certainly not a place for good coffee.