Cottle Coffee Malaysia brings together a true-to-Melbourne roastery & cafe in Sunway Damansara
March 23, 2023
A five-decade-old coffee brand born in South Melbourne has a new home in the Klang Valley.
Cottle Coffee first ventured into Malaysia with a cafe in Damansara Utama in 2015 but made its mark mainly as a supplier of roasted beans. Now, it brings together both a cafe and a roastery in Sunway Damansara - follow the aroma of Cottle Coffee's brews to its beautiful cobalt-blue space on a street of computer and automobile accessory warehouses.
With plenty of seats available, inside and outdoors, this is a comfortable setting to linger over pastries and cakes paired with pour-overs, lattes and lots more.
Conveniently, Cottle Coffee has several dedicated berths for customer parking.
Cottle Coffee's roasting facilities sit behind the cafe, comprising three roasting machines for various volumes and purposes: The 30-kilogram roaster handles blends, the five-kilogram roaster tackles single-origins, and the one-kilogram roaster is for filtered coffee. Most of Cottle Coffee's equipment comes from Dalla Corte, an Italian espresso machine specialist that's also another family-run business, with a history that stretches back to the 1940s.
Cafe customers can peer through a glass window into Cottle Coffee's storage cool room, kept at 22-24 degrees Celsius to maintain the moisture of green beans and the freshness of roasted beans. New batches of beans are brought in quarterly, with roasters here striving to replicate the flavour profiles of Melbourne-roasted beans, despite different humidity conditions. Roasted beans are rested for 10-14 days before being sent out to over 40 cafes across Malaysia that rely on Cottle Coffee.
Cottle Coffee showcases a rotation of three house blends. The crowd favourite might be the Espresso Supreme, a blend of Brazilian, Honduran, Indian and Papua New Guinean beans, chocolaty and nutty, with a clean lemony acidity and creme caramel finish - perfect for a Long Black (RM10) or Hot Latte (RM11).
Cooling caffeine quenchers include the Iced Latte (RM12) and Iced Matcha Latte (RM14), balanced without being too bitter. Beyond coffee, artisanal tea, houjicha and chocolate drinks are also available.
For the full Cottle Coffee experience, filter coffee is a should-try.
Cottle Coffee will eventually have a kitchen for hot fare. For now, its pastries, pies and cakes hail from Huckleberry, one of Cottle Coffee's clients in Bukit Damansara.
Chomp on Croissants, charmingly chunky, fluffy and flaky (RM6.50), Cinnamon Rolls, confidently crisp and not overly sugary (RM6.50) and Chocolate Chip Brioche, a petite pleasure, tender with melty chocolate chips (RM3.50).
Cottle Coffee is the official importer of Made By Fressko reusable coffee cups - these are chemical-free, lightweight cups with insulated stainless steel, keeping beverages hot for three hours, suitable for cold drinks too.
Open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. Tel: 03-7733-7070