Brew Time @ Empire Damansara, Thinking Cups @ Aman Suria & Jeneris by Ahren @ Nu Sentral

April 14, 2014

Some cafes swing for the fences to make their settings seem singular & striking; here are three such notable newbies.

Brew Time at Damansara Perdana's Empire Damansara is a playground for coffee fans, in more ways than one. Thanks to its cool choice of furnishing, here's where caffeine lovers can truly swing when they're winning _ but no crying over spilled coffee.

Brew Time serves Doi Chaang coffee cultivated by the Akha tribe on Thai mountains in the Golden Triangle _ single-estate organic Arabica coffee, shade-grown, hand-picked & sun-dried, with profits shared fairly with thousands of indigenous farmers in lush, ecologically sustainable Thai plantations. Light bites include Greek salads, creamy-crunchy egg-&-apple sandwiches with brown country rye, plus New York cheesecakes.

Also worth a look: Thinking Cups at Aman Suria, which features a brick wall where customers can scrawl messages to leave their own personal mark on this place for posterity.

This is a calm venue where customers can sip in silent contemplation, with shelves filled with books for both adults & children to leisurely browse.

Coffee mocktails are available here, mixed with the likes of passion fruit to pair with basic hot meals like Japanese curry spaghetti, chicken pies & beef sliders.

Final destination: Nu Sentral's Jeneris by Ahren, where the crimson shipping container theme is eye-catching.

Sumatran Gayo Mountain coffee is available to pair with all manner of pastries & cakes. Quantity, Jeneris has it in spades.

Hot takeaway meals cater for KL's Sentral's crowds-in-transit; the rice with mutton & potato curry could be a pleaser.

Jeneris is the opening salvo in a potentially ambitious cafe chain, with each outlet named after a different small town in Malaysia (Jeneris refers to Kuala Jeneris in Terengganu).

The next outlet by the Ahren group will be Tytap at KLIA2, opening next month.

Brew Time
Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana
Daily, 10am-7pm

Thinking Cups Coffee.Books.Space
B-G-20, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Daily, 930am-8pm. Tel: 03-7886-3856

Jeneris By Ahren
CC-14, Concourse Level, Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Daily, 10am-10pm

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