Atlas Coffee Embassy, Johor Bahru

JH Yee, the 27-year-old Malaysian Barista Champion 2012, has another feather in his cap. The Time Out Kuala Lumpur Personality of the Year has returned to his hometown, Johor Bahru, to launch his latest venture, Atlas Coffee Embassy. Walking in, you may wonder if you had entered a café in the fashionable back alleys of Omotesando in Tokyo. The pale wooden floors and white brick walls lend a subtle Japanese-Scandinavian ambiance to the space. This Zen-like décor is courtesy of Jeff Ong, a Malaysian designer…Continue Reading “Atlas Coffee Embassy, Johor Bahru”

In the heart of Amsterdam, there are “coffee shops” everywhere. Perfect if you’re hoping to sample some not-so-illegal substances here but not that helpful when you’re after a good cuppa like we are. The Dutch capital is beautiful, with sprawling alleys and circling canals. You’d walk a lot if you’re like us and soon need to rest your tired feet.

In the red light district along the Oudezijdsachterburgwal (Old Side Behind Bastion Wall), a long street running the length of the River Amstel, we discover KOKO Coffee & Design. Both a boutique and a café, KOKO may not seem like the first choice for a caffeine stop but looks can be deceiving.

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We’ve found a new coffee hideaway in historic Malacca, the birthplace of Malaya (the old name for Malaysia). Tucked away in a back lane between Jonker and Heeren Streets, Backlane Coffee is a secret sanctuary where you can your cuppa far from the madding crowd.

The first thing you’ll notice upon entering the café is the long, white-bricked bar with a dessert display and an espresso machine humming away. A vintage vinyl record player housed in a turquoise “suitcase” plays agreeably nostalgic tunes from the 70s. (“Get up and boogie”, anyone?)

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