Atlas Coffee Embassy, Johor Bahru

Perhaps the most highly anticipated café in the Johorean capital is the soon-to-be-opened Atlas Coffee Embassy. Why the buzz? The café is by none other than Johor Bahru boy JH Yee, the 2012 Malaysian Barista Champion and TimeOut KL Food Personality. The local hero had many wondering what his next step would be after he closed down his popular Top Brew Coffee Bar in Kuala Lumpur. It seems Yee had been hard at work behind the scenes with his business partners to bring a world-class…Continue Reading “Fresh Roast: Atlas Coffee Embassy”

We love Taipei, a greyish city with dreary, grey buildings but so full of life and colour in its people, food and streets! Whether it’s a typical breakfast of youtiao (fried crullers) dipped in hot, frothy doujiang (soymilk) or getting lost in the maze of endless shelves at the 24-hour Eslite Bookstore, we never have a dull moment in the Taiwanese capital.

No surprise then even the coffee experience here is one step above the rest. There are cafés everywhere — serving dainty desserts or for your pets to socialize with other furry friends — but quite a number are specialty coffee bars with passionate baristas dedicated to their craft.

Rufous Coffee belongs to the latter category.

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Summer in Prague is a beautiful experience.

Yes, there are more tourists but you can avoid popular sights such as Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square during peak hours by heading into the surrounding neighbourhoods, down tiny streets, for a feel of how locals live.

Instead of posing with statues of saints, we head down to The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, a Roman Catholic church built in a postmodern style at Jiřího z Poděbrad square. No, we aren’t there for the church but for the lively farmer’s market where foods, flowers and more products from all over the Czech Republic can be found.

To our surprise and delight, there’s even very good coffee!

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Walking into this small alley off the ever-busy Balestier Road, you may think you have stumbled into an industrial park. You wouldn’t be far wrong. The grey façades of the nondescript factories and warehouses here don’t really inspire.

However once you spot the cerulean blue exterior of Wheeler’s Yard, you know you’ve been transported into a different world amidst its dreary neighbours. Wheeler’s Yard is a bicycle café but to summarise it as such would be to do it a disservice. There’s more here than coffee and chainguards.

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