When I order a latte or flat white these days, I expect to be handed a cup of coffee with pretty rosetta top, made with black-brown espresso foam and steamed milk froth. Sometimes, I get one shaped like a heart and the more creative baristas would make me their rendition of coffee art.
Coffee Stain by Joseph was on my must-try list for a while but the café is often so crowded that I never managed to secure a place to sit. It was a random decision to pop by on a weekday night when we got lucky with a table. The house blend feature beans from Papua New Guinea, Columbia and Guatemala, prepared in the form of an espresso, latte, flat white or cappuccino.
I had my usual – a flat white (RM9.50), which took quite a while to arrive. Timing is something they need to work out because rif’s coffee arrived 30 minutes before mine. Plus, I wasn’t too pleased with the coffee art I got. Call me OCD (obsessive coffee disorder) if you want, but coffee art is quite important and I’m also feeding my eyes.
That said, substance is still more important and Coffee Stain got that part right. This was a good cup of flat white. Cafés create what they think is best and it depends on your own subjectivity. No café will get it 100% all the time (that’s why we have so many coffee places :D) but Coffee Stain’s coffee is to my liking.
rif ordered the Cool Cube (RM15.90), essentially latte ice cubes in a glass with steamed milk on the side. You pour the milk over the cubes and give the mix a stir. I found this stronger compared to the flat white, subdued with the warm milk. Quite good given our country’s ridiculously hot weather.
Whatever you do, never order the Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake (RM12.90). I still can’t fathom why the staff would recommend this to me – they either don’t like me very much or needed to sell their non-moving cakes. 😯 This was dry and despite the dark appearance, there wasn’t much chocolate flavour to the cake. Only the ganache tasted like chocolate and the salted caramel element was barely present.
The place gets noisy as the crowd increases; not an environment I fancy for quiet chats or work discussions. But it is a nice place to people watch and get together with a group of friends. Your choice. 😉
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Verdict: Good coffee. Skip the salted caramel cake.
Coffee Stain by Joseph
1, Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6211 2022