For many us, coffee isn’t just a leisurely luxury enjoyed on the weekends; it’s the fuel that gets us through the day. Like fuel prices, however, freshly brewed coffee and lattes aren’t exactly cheap – some of them can even cost as much as a meal. To solve your caffeine and budget blues, we went around KL to find out where you can find a good cup of coffee from as low as RM2.90.
Scandinavian cool meets affordability at IKEA’s café, where the barista-made coffees are priced at almost-kopitiam prices, starting at RM2.90 for a single shot of espresso. Going up the menu, a 12oz Americano costs just RM3.90 and a 16oz will set you back RM5.90, while lattes go for RM7.90 and RM8.90 for a 12oz and 16oz respectively. The coffee is brewed from IKEA's PÅTÅR blend of dark roast coffee beans, so expect a strong, robust coffee – the kind you crave at the start of the day. They even throw in a couple of complimentary biscuits during tea-time.
This pop-up coffee stall has outposts across the Valley at places such as Publika Shopping Gallery, Plaza OSK, Glo Damansara and HELP University Subang. Operating from a simple stall in each location, Room 203 offers black and white espresso-based coffees for only RM5. All coffees are to-go and are whipped up in a jiffy, perfect for the busy urbanite.
Multiple venues including Publika, Art Row, Solaris Dutamas, KL (017 341 1741/fb.com/room203livingplatform). Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5.45pm; Sat-Sun, 12.30-5.45pm; Glo Damansara, Jalan Damansara, TTDI, KL. Mon-Fri, 7am-5pm; HELP University Subang, Persiaran Cakerawala, Shah Alam. Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm.
The sign outside this half shoplot makes no bones about it being the ‘home of the most affordable coffee in town’. And with prices that start from RM5 per cup, you’d be hard-pressed to dispute that statement. The RM5 price tag applies to a range of drinks other than long blacks, including piccolo lattes and green tea lattes. Add another RM2 and you can have a latte or cappuccino, while RM9 gets you a signature drink like Black Tonic (espresso on ice with tonic water) and Coffee Cubes (creamy milk over frozen coffee ice cubes).
You wouldn’t normally come to a bookstore for your regular cuppa, but Lit Books prides itself on serving up Nespresso Grand Cru coffees pumped out from their pro-grade Aguila machines – meaning that the coffee comes out consistently richer and smoother compared to what you’d get from the home brewing machines. The coffee here is relatively affordable, with espressos starting from RM6 and lattes at RM11, and they get even cheaper from Tuesday to Friday, when you can get a second cup at half off. And while you’re there, feel free to pick up a book or two.
This coffee outpost outside the Ampang Park LRT station is where office workers come for a cuppa that starts from RM6.90 for an espresso or long black and RM8.90 for lattes, flat whites and cappuccinos. Aside from the caffeine boost, the coffee stand is also known for their daily life-affirming statements and witty notes written on their chalkboard and coffee cup decals. Powered with coffee and lines like ‘Stay patient and trust your journey’ and ‘Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try’, you might just make it through the week with your head held high.
This French café in DC Mall offers espresso-based coffee made with popular French roasters Cafés Richard. Here, you get two cups of coffee for RM15; the choice of beverage changes daily from Tuesday to Friday – on Tuesdays you get long black; Wednesdays, latte; Thursdays, piccolo latte; and Fridays, flat white. Items such as the latte usually go for RM10 a pop, so this promo should save you a few ringgits.
If you run on caffeine and can down successive cups of coffee, The Bulb Coffee is known to offer enviable all-you-can-drink promotional prices – for RM18 (Tue-Thu) or RM20 (Fri-Sun), you get to drink as much as you can from their list of options that are below RM9.50, for three hours from your first order. Coffee options include Americano, piccolo latte, espresso and espresso macchiato. The only catch? The promotional periods are not fixed, so you’ll have to check their Facebook page to find out when they’re on.
If Monday mornings are a dread, this nook at The Intermark is offering a buy one-free-one coffee deal for all coffees every Monday from 7.30-9am, with long blacks starting from RM8. Aside from the double shot of caffeine, the kitchen also offers a variety of toasties and baked goods in jars – we recommend going for their grilled cheese sandwich.