The coffee scene has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year or so and it has taken our city by storm with coffee shops and cafes popping up everywhere.
A well-brewed cuppa goes a long way in making someone happy in our books. And when it comes to coffee, there’s a relatively new trend in the coffee scene and that is the every refreshing cold brew.
What is a cold brew? Well, in very simple terms, it’s a coffee drink served cold. However, to cold brew fans, it’s a little bit more than that and rightly so. The proper cold brew process isn’t as straightforward and it’s more complex than just adding ice cubes into your cup of coffee.
According to Wikipedia, cold brew or cold pressed refers to the process of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time. Hence, the cold brew system and the name of the beverage. The cold brew process requires grinding the coffee beans, however, it’s different as it’s coarse-ground beans that are used and are then soaked in water for usually 12 hours or more.
The process produces a coffee which is sweeter due to lower acidity content in the drink. This is because, with cold brew coffee, the process of making the coffee doesn’t make contact with hot water. When coffee beans are steeped in hot water, a different flavour profile is produced due to conventional brewing methods. In a way, it’s a little bit of alchemy in a cup because the different temperature of waters produces a different cup of coffee.
Now that the clarification of the cold brew is out of the way, the next step is enjoying this delicious beverage and we bring you the best in town. The places listed are not listed in any particular order and the prices may be subject to change.
Here are the Top 6 Places For Cold Brew In Klang Valley:
This place graced KL’s coffee scene in 2014 and since opening, they have been the favourite of many needing that coffee hit. Their cold brew is one of the better ones we’ve tasted. When we last went, the brews were from an Ethiopian single origin bean and it was very pleasant to drink. Medium bodied with a hint of citrus which wasn’t overpowering and even better when poured over a glass of ice. Priced at RM10 per bottle, we found it quite reasonable and we’re also a fan of the bottles and the labels!
Address: 29-01 Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel. no: 03-2201 3650
Opening times: Tue – Fri, 9am – 7pm; Sat – Sun, 9am – 10pm
2. Underground Societe
When brothers Kar Wai and Kar Heng, opened Underground Societie, we had high hopes for it as they already did a smashing job with Coffee Societe and Garage 51. Besides their innovative menu and jazzing up the brunch scene with gourmet brunch food, the cold brew here is quite something else. The highlight of this place and a favourite of ours is their 30-foot bar, where their cold-brewed coffee-on-tap is dispensed. Truly ingenious and they pull a very smooth, refreshing pint of coffee. Priced at RM15++, it’s a decent deal for a pint of cold brew. Try it and you’ll see what we mean.
Address: 68 Jalan PJS 11/7, Sunway, 47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel. no: 03-5613 3851
Opening times: Daily, 11am – 2am
Brewmen is nestled in Solaris Mont Kiara and some people complain about the parking there. We usually park in the underground carpark for ease and most times, it isn’t that difficult to get a place. Since opening last year, their cold brews have developed quite a following and when you try it, you can see why. They use seasonal beans here and their cold brews have well-balanced flavours which aren’t too heavy or too light. It’s easy to drink and this nitro cold brew has a creamy stout-like feel, one which we particularly appreciate. Priced from RM12 onwards, it’s reasonable and the atmosphere is nice too.
Address: Solaris Mont Kiara, 6 Jalan Solaris 4, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel. no: 03-6211 8829
Opening times: Tue – Thu, 11.30am – 10.30pm; Fri, 11.30am – 12midnight;
Sat, 10am – 12midnight and Sun, 10am – 10.30pm
4. Whisk Outpost
This family-run cafe has been around for some time and if you haven’t got into liking cold brew beverages, this place is a good place to start as it doesn’t disappoint. Unlike the other places, they offer a choice of cold brew with milk. If you’re a seasoned cold brew drinker, then it’s best to just head straight to the stronger versions which are an Ethiopian coffee bean based drink. The cold brew bottles are priced at RM10 each. Whisk Outpost are also quite well-known for their cakes so if you’re up for something sweet to go with your cold brew, you’ll be able to grab a slice here. By the way, they also have another outlet at Empire Shopping Gallery.
Address: 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya.
Tel. no: 03-7722 1020
Opening times: Daily, 10am – 1opm
These boys have been around the coffee scene for few years now. Since opening in a small little nook of a space in Plaza Damansara in 2011, they have steadily been growing a fan base, which also includes us. They recently moved a few doors down to a larger space much to our delight. We love their coffee bar which is the highlight of the cafe and it’s located right in the middle of the place easily highlighting what they do best: coffee. For cake fans, try their delicious Snickers cheesecake (they get it from Souka) as it’s decadent cheesecake heaven. Their cold brews here come in these varieties: Cold Brew Black (priced at RM10) and Cold Brew Blonde (coffee with milk, priced at RM12). Both are exceptionally delicious and it’s one place we highly recommend.
Address: G1.05 Plaza Damansara, 1, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel. no: 03-2011 3291
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 11pm; Saturday, 10am – 12am & Sunday, 10am – 7pm.
6. Standing Theory (Non-halal)
Since opening their doors last year in the suburb of SS2, this place has been the go-to for many a coffee drinker in the PJ area. They specialise in cold brews here and uses a blend of beans, steeped for a long period (we were told that it’s steeped for 48 hours) to achieve a well-balanced drink, which is pretty rad. Priced at RM8 each, we also like its super cool bottle (pictured above). Standing Theory only serves their cold brews on weekends and a point to note is that this place also serves pork and are well-known for their waffles served with bacon.
Address: 26 Jalan SS2/103, SS2, Petaling Jaya
Tel. no: 016-212 4421
Opening times: Tues – Sun, 11am – 11pm
Cafe hopping for these delicious cold brews are great but if you’re one who would like try your hand at brewing up your own version of cold brew, try this recipe from Bon Appetit. A word of caution, it’s quite high-octane stuff, but it is yummy! Try it and let us know the results.
Place ground coffee in a large container. Gradually add 7 cups cold water. Stir gently to make sure all the coffee grounds are moistened.
Cover with a layer of cheesecloth and let it stand at room temperature for 15 hours.
Remove the cheesecloth and use it to line a fine-mesh sieve set over a large pitcher.
Pour the coffee through a sieve into a pitcher (do not stir); rinse the jar and set aside.
Discard the cheesecloth with the solids.
Next, line the same sieve with a large coffee filter and set it over a reserved jar.
Strain the coffee through the sieve into a jar. (It may take up to 45 minutes for all of the coffee to drip through; do not stir or coffee may become cloudy.)
Cover and chill. The coffee concentrate can be made 2 weeks ahead. Keep chilled at all times.
Fill a glass with ice. Dilute 1 part coffee concentrate with 1 part milk if desired, or water.