Casual coffee sessions are becoming a luxury these days. Often, they’re coffee meetings to discuss work matters or blog related matters with potential clients and sponsors. And that still involves some form of work and thought process.
Which is why I really treasure the coffee sessions I have with rif (except when we do blog discussions) and friends, where I get to let my hair down and talk about anything under the sun besides work. Ambiance now plays an important factor is my coffee sessions — often, the place is crowded and noisy, and I get a pounding headache from all the scattered voices. And I absolutely dislike having my session interrupted by people who crowd around my table hoping I would quickly finish up and leave. :roll:
I visited Pulp on two occasions in the past week – during the weekend and for a post lunch coffee on a weekday. The outlet is located at the Balai Berita building, where the paper-cutting space for the Art Printing Works factory used to be.
The café layout is clean with high ceilings, allowing for natural light to shine through. Managed by the people behind Papa Palheta in Singapore, PULP’s coffee is one of the better ones in Klang Valley. I was told they also supply coffee beans to several cafes in Klang Valley.
Konga (some call it “coffee flower”) is medium-roasted, with a floral and lemony aroma. This was aromatic and fairly complex in flavour – the fruit-tones were more pronounced as the coffee temperature drops.
Suke Quto (RM10) is a cold brew from Yirga Cheffe and Sidamo, where the flavour profile differs but maintains the same floral and lively characteristics as the Konga (RM12). This was lighter than the former, with a fruitier mouth feel and mildly dry finish. Very nice when paired with the carrot cake (RM12).
The Flat White (RM10) is a stronger, smaller-sized latte – an espresso based coffee with steamed milk and little foam. I reckon this is the right way to serve a flat white (in a smaller cup) and it was bolder and silkier than a regular latte or other flat whites I’ve tried for that matter.
Pulp gets quite crowded during the weekends and I don’t quite like the mild chaos it can bring. My visit on a Tuesday afternoon was much more pleasant. That way, I got indulge in conversation over cake and (good) coffee.
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Ambiance: 7/10 Price: 6/10 Food: 7/10 (pork free) Verdict: Good coffee that’s close to home. My home at least.
PULP by Papa Palheta 29-01, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur (Behind NSTP) 9am-7pm (weekdays), 9am-10pm (weekends) Closed Mondays. Tel:03-2201-3650