Monday, March 23, 2009

Coffee Addict

Yes, u read it correct. I am a self confessed coffee addict. Is there a word such as "coffeeholic"...hehe.
Coffee is a brewed beverage prepared from coffee beans. Caffeinated coffee has a stimulating effect in humans. Today, coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide, thanks to Starbucks! I actually have a dream to travel to Seattle to visit Starbucks' 1st outlet in the world...haha...well i am not a fan of Starbucks by the way...

It can sometimes be daunting walking into a cafe or coffee house and seeing the long list of coffee varieties and drinks on the menu. What’s the difference between a latte and an Au lait? How does a cappuccino differ from an Americano? I myself can only differentiate between Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Irish coffee and Frappe. The rest, i have no idea.

Maybe the info from the web could help:-

Americano: A single shot of espresso with about 7 ounces of hot water added to the mix. The name for this coffee drink stemmed from an insult to ‘uncouth’ Americans who weren’t up to drinking full espressos.

Cafe au Lait: Similar to Caffe Latte, except that an au lait is made with brewed coffee instead of espresso. Additionally, the ratio of milk to coffee is 1:1, making for a much less intense taste.

Caffe Latte: Essentially, a single shot of espresso in steamed (not frothed) milk. The ratio of milk to coffee should be about 3:1, but you should be aware that latte in Italian means ‘milk’, so be careful ordering one when in Rome.

Cafe Macchiato: A shot of espresso with steamed milk added. The ratio of coffee to milk is approximately 4:1.

Cappuccino: Usually equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk, often with cinnamon or flaked chocolate sprinkled on top. Some coffee shops will add more milk than that so that the customer will get a bigger drink out of the deal, but that makes the coffee itself far weaker.

Double, or Double Shot: Just as it sounds, this is two shots of espresso mixed in with the regular amount of additional ingredients.

Flavoured coffee: A very much ethnic tradition, syrups, flavorings, and/or spices are added to give the coffee a tinge of something else. Chocolate is the most common additive, either sprinkled on top or added in syrup form, while other favorites include cinnamon, nutmeg, and Italian syrups.

Frappe: A big favourite in parts of Europe and Latin America, especially during the summer months. Originally a cold espresso, it has more recently been prepared putting 1-2 teaspoons of instant coffee with sugar, water and ice. The brew is placed in a long glass with ice, and milk if you like, turning it into a big coffee milkshake.

Irish coffee: A coffee spiked with Irish whiskey, with cream on top. An alcoholic beverage that’s best kept clear of the kids, but warms you up plenty on a cold winter night.

Mocha: This popular drink is basically a Cappuccino or Latte with chocolate syrup added to the mix. Sweeter, not as intense in coffee flavor, and a good ‘gateway’ coffee for those who don’t usually do the caffeine thing.

They are a lot of cafe and coffee house mushrooming in our country since many years ago. Whenever i encounter any new coffee joint, i could not stop my eyes from peeping into the cafe. The most well known coffee joint in KL now in my opinion would be Starbucks and Old Town White Coffee, a competition between high-end and economical stuff. While Starbucks offers premium coffee and premium food at premium place, Old Town chooses to offer affordable coffee and food close to neighbourhood (although it has now ventured to shopping malls like Pavillion).

The current economic slumpdown has resulted in people cutting down on pricey coffee, and moving to affordable stuff, like Old Town, since the environment is as cosy as the previous, although the location is not that classy. I noticed KL folks are flocking to Old Town to "yumcha" at night too. But have you ever wonder that a small glass of white coffee provided by Old Town has now cost at least a whopping RM3, compared to our local kopitiam, with same size of drink, but only cost us RM1.50? There you go the 100% markup to the fancy setup of their outlet... no wonder they are opening more than 100 outlets in Malaysia. Anyone interested in Old Town franchise? I do not deny that their quality is good, but i would sometimes feel heartache considering the price la...

And FYI, there are already 2 Old Town outlets near my office. They even have stiff competition among themselves

Since i am a coffee addict, i would not hesitate to pay a hefty price just to savour my favourite beverage. It sometimes depends on my mood as well. If i feel to relax and simply to have a good coffee-day, i would go to place like Starbucks/Coffee Bean/Pick & Brew....if i don't feel to go out, i would choose to make coffee at home, maybe Nescafe 3 in 1.....See, i drink coffee no matter where i am, and no matter how much it costs... :P

I know friends who could not consume coffee cos they will get dizzy after drinking it. Luckily i am not...hehee..

Let me share with you guys some of the coffee that i tried before~~~~~

Black Coffee @ Pick & Brew, One Utama, served in a Mocha Pot to keep it warm. Add sugar and milk according to you preference. You can choose the coffee bean from their extensive menu. I like it very much as the bitterness of the strong coffee suits my taste.

I tried this during their teatime promo, comes with a muffin, at RM12++ per set

Latte @ Dome.

Served with 2 small slices of biscotti. RM10++

Latte @ Delicious, Midvalley

Ordered the scone set to go with the latte. SO DAMN DISAPPOINTED WITH THE LATTE! Not enough coffee next time...

Hazelnut Latte @ Easy Cafe (my hometown). RM7

Nice presentation anyway.

I think this is called Grafitti Latte. It is Latte with nice graphic on it.
Tried this @ Pick & Brew too, teatime promo comes with a slice of cake. Their cake is awesomely delicious as well...

I have tried many coffee in different cafe as well but did not snap any picture. Will do it next time :p

You are proved to know me well if you know that i need my daily dose of coffee. How many dose per day depends on the craving of it daily. If i am in office, i will definitely gulp 2 mugs of coffee. Luckily my office do have a good coffee machine with good coffee bean for me to "play" with...

My daily dose of coffee in my fave mug!

Would you like to buy me coffee? I promise i would be nice to you... :-)


  1. fave mug Mama Mia... hehe. like nothing to do with coffee.

  2. one kopi peng plz! gao gao arrrr @_<
    hihihi... i drink coffee too every morning since i was studying in japan... but now rarely i could as the coffee maker i once owned was given to my friend... i didnt bring it back... anyway since i am still jobless now, kopi peng is the only coffee i afford to drink now >"<

  3. Myhorng: the coffee definitely taste nicer if we use fave mug...hehe...somemore the mug not cheap leh, gotta utilise it to the most =)

    fufu: my pleasure to buy u a cuppa...when ah? *_^

  4. Hey, I did not know that you are coffee lover. Did we stay together before? Hahaha...anyway, I'm part of the band too..just that I try not to have it everyday. Fu, I still prefer Kopi Peng. Hehehe...


  5. Hi Jamie,

    Good to find another Coffee Lover in Malaysia. Come join me for a all things coffee experience. Occasionally, we even have Coffee Lovers' Gathering.

  6. Hi KF: i would love to join u and the rest. If there is any happening, do let me know and i will definitely arrange time to participate!

  7. Jamie... I suggest you buy my homemade biscotti to go with your coffee. I have various of flavors that you can choose from. Visit