A spin-off of the regular iced coffee, the cold brew trend has the industry clamouring for the title of 'the best'. And just like a steaming cup of foamy latte with a panda etched on top, the cold brew process is complex. Here are some of the best coffee shops in town to get your cold brew fix.
Roast Factor Glee wins on account of being a micro-roastery – a feature that enables owner Tan Shyue Chin to control the darkness of her roast. If it is available, go for the washed Rwandan Inzovu that carries a green apple tartness, black tea and plum notes as well as a floral aroma all at once. If there was an award for the most complex of all cold brews in KL, we reckon the Rwandan would take it.
One of KL’s coffee darlings, Pulp has a few good brews – and a very, very good cold one. At time of print, the brews are made with an Ethiopian single origin called Suke Quto – highly, pleasurably citrusy with a candied finish. The medium-bodied brew is intensely potent when consumed as is, and is best poured over ice for a more enjoyable experience. We also can’t get enough of the inadvertently stylish typeface on the labels.
At this calm and quiet cafe in Empire Damansara, cold brew coffee is given a refreshing new twist. The Iced Lime Black Brew is perfect for our hot weather: Cold brew coffee is shaken with ice, lime juice and a bit of sugar, just like how you'd make a cocktail. The result is a cool, delicious coffee drink with a citrusty refreshness.
Cream is known for their medium to medium dark roasts, which bring out the beans' nuanced fruity, floral or nutty flavours. To best sample this, order their filtered coffee; it comes in two portions of different temperatures: hot and cold. Otherwise, go for their cool and crisp cold brew or milk cold brew.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of SS17, Analog KL is one of Subang’s best-kept secrets. At the coffee counter, Afiq (formerly of Whisk and Thursdvys) experiments with a selection of small batch coffee from boutique roasters (Tokyo-based Fuglen, Dukes Coffee from Melbourne, The Roast Things). Try their filtered coffee or cold brew.
Bean Reserve is the offshoot of Brewmen. But over here, you can get something extra - the milk-based nitro cold brew coffee. For this new white version, milk is added to the cold-brew coffee before being ‘nitrogenated’. The Nitro White is crisp cold and refreshing, and you’d love the smooth, creaminess of the coffee – in short, very yummy.
If you want to start appreciating cold brew with training wheels on, Whisk is where you want to begin. They offer a choice of bottled cold brew with milk, an unorthodox dessert-like option. But for the seasoned aficionados, we suggest you plunge headfirst into the dark version, an Ethiopian-labelled Sidamo Guji with a bright acidity and a pleasant chocolate finish. A bonus: The adorable labels held by brown strings around the necks of the bottles.