by Gladys, the coffee addictYes, we have our own coffee shop now, name’s “KO’s Cafe”, located within our Klang HQ. I’m one of the staff but before that, I’m a heavy coffee drinker. You got it right, this post exists because they fed me nice coffee.
Feel free to Google all you want about the pros and cons of coffee on the internet but before you make your judgments, let’s get things straight: how much do you know about coffee?
What’s The Big Deal about Coffee?
The English word “coffee” is derived from the Latin word “Coffea”. According to legend, coffee trees originated in the Ethiopian Highlands, situated in Northeast Africa, where a farmer watched his goats ingesting the cherry-like fruits and became so energetic even at night.
There are more than 50 countries that grow coffee but every single one of them is located along the equator, between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Reason? Coffee trees require heavy rainfall and never survive droughts or frosts, four seasons is a huge no.
There are 2 coffee species that possess commercial significance in today’s world: Arabica & Robusta.
Arabica coffee tree grows best in altitudes between 1000 – 2000 meters above sea level and requires soil conditions with just the right amount of warmth and moisture. The trees are prone to disease and yield smaller harvests per acre. The cherries tend to fall to the ground soon after they ripen and require labor-intensive cultivation.
Besides, the Arabica beans are low in caffeine content yet produces very flavorful and aromatic coffee. Even the world famous Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is grown from the Arabica species.
We Use Only 100% Specialty Grade Arabica Coffee Beans
A cup of good coffee is happiness tasted and time well spent. More than just a fancy word, “specialty grade” coffee signifies only the top 10% of Arabica species coffee beans, and should not be confused with marketing terms such as “gourment” or “premium”.
Specialty coffee is painstakingly hand-picked to ensure that only the best cherries get selected. Aside from the distinctive flavor, aroma, or acidity, they must be of a specific size, free of faults and taints, and not more than 5 full defects are allowed in 300 grams of green coffee.
Our blend uses 100% specialty grade Arabica coffee beans from South America, Africa, and Indonesia, all in good shape and good taste. Curious? Just take a look at our coffee grinder.
Wait… What about Robusta? In general, Robusta coffee has twice the caffeine content of Arabica coffee. You can get it at less than RM2.00 at the place we call “kopitiam”. Off course, there are Robustas of good quality out there. Unlike cigarette, they’re not harmful, and a mug of “kopi ais” in the scorching afternoon can draw you closer to heaven more than an air conditioner. What I want to say is: Don’t compare, don’t complain, you drink what you pay for.
Coffee is not about the facts you copy from the Internet and boast in front of others. It’s a moment of personal privilege when you ditch your stress and have a taste of “me-time” in a quiet manner.
Be it plain espresso, milky latte, frothy cappuccino or chocolaty mocha, it’s all about personal preference. There are guys who love latte and ladies who are fond of espresso. Statement such as “espresso is the one and only true coffee” is for those from the community of prejudice. So, to each his own, you may describe, but don’t try to educate others on your choice.
Just walk in, order your cup, and taste with your heart.
By the way, we have tea for coffee haters and cakes to compliment both of them.