During lunch at Cilantro, Charles tasted my latte and told me it wasn’t up to standard. “Put this coffee down and I’ll buy you REAL coffee on the way back,” he said. Since he knows much more about coffee than I do, I left my latte behind.
“I’ll take you to RAW. It’s this new place I’ve discovered and it serves coffee like they do in Melbourne.” I was interested. We made a quick stop at Wisma Equity (along Jalan Ampang, across KLCC). At RAW, the coffees are roasted in-house, using a Diedrich roaster while coffees are prepared using a Kees van der Westen lever espresso machine. At least that’s what I was told, by the barista.
We got our coffee to go because I had another appointment to catch — excuse the takeaway cup. My latte (RM10) was nothing like the coffees I had tasted before. This was creamy with a defined espresso flavour and a smooth, sweet finish. While RM10 seems like a steep price tag, you’re paying for quality coffee. RM10 can get you a large latte elsewhere, but I don’t think it tastes anywhere as good.
My visit to RAW was about two months ago when the cafe was still work-in-progress. Now, it’s up and fully operating. Expect healthy vegetarian dishes like pesto pasta, well prepared sandwiches and hearty salads. I should go there again for a real and wholesome deal. Anyone keen to join me?
150 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
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