a lovely establishment just outside of town with a real specialty store vibe. we sat outside but the air conditioning inside must have been delightful. the climate was a typical warm humid with a hint of cigarette smoke. If it is anything like the setting here, the coffee must be both complex and diverse.
I've been to Artisan several times and mostly go with friends because it's a decent place to have a chat. As for its white coffee, it's only ever been disappointing. I had a chat with the owner who is originally from New Zealand (not Australia as most people seem to tell me) a while back, and he was surprised that I wasn't happy with their coffee. He apologised and made me a new cup. This cappuccino was milky, the foam had virtually no texture, and was all round not a nice cuppa. He told me that his baristas were new and he was training them up. If the teacher is not skilled, how are the students expected to be? I still go to their cafés (mostly the one in BV and PJ), but never with high hopes for a good cup of coffee. Nevertheless, Artisan is a nice place to hang out and have a conversation with friends, but to say its coffee is amazing or "artisanal" is a gross overstatement.
I've had a short black of Sumatran Mandheling, which is strong earthy, notes of roasted nuts and thick body. Never expected such a taste but interesting. This guys know their coffees and setting was a bit dark in the corner but fine for me. This is probably one of the most interesting coffee places (not because of design) in Kuala Lumpur, so far.
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