Cup of Joe, Java, Jitter Juice, Battery Acid, Elixir of Life, Brain Juice… Coffee by any other name still smells as sweet, or robust.
One of the most popular beverages in the world, Coffee can be found in almost every nook and cranny in the world and we’ve compiled a little list of cities around Asia should you find yourself in need of a caffeine fix.
Whether you like your cuppa strong and black or with a hint of milk, there’s always something a little exciting when it comes to a new coffee experience.
Just two hours away from Kuala Lumpur is the best place to find one of the most popular coffees in Malaysia – Ipoh White Coffee. Roasted to a lighter degree than the average Malaysian coffee bean, some say it is called White Coffee due to its roasting while others claim it is from the (condensed) milk that is added to the mix.
Visit: Sin Yoong Loong 15A Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh, Perak or Nam Heong Coffee Shop 2 Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh, Perak
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In Kuala Lumpur, speciality coffee joints can be found all over the place, just like mushrooms after the rain and because of this, one can never be lacking a good coffee spot to hang out in, and cafe hopping is considered a norm in this part of the world. Whether it is for single-origin beans or fancy Instagram shots, one thing is for sure; the cafe goer is spoiled for choice.
Visit: Artisan Roast Coffee 4 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur or VCR 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Introduced by the French in the 19th century, the coffee culture in Vietnam is one that cannot go unnoticed. This Southeast Asian country brews its coffee in single serving filters called ‘Phin.’ As milk is a little harder to find and to keep in tropical climates, the Vietnamese use substitutes such as yoghurt, condensed milk or egg to add creaminess to their coffee.
Visit: Cafe Pho Co, 11 hang trong ha noi, 11 Hàng Gai, Hàng Trống or Cong Caphe,
The third largest exporter of coffee beans in the world (right behind Brazil and Vietnam), coffee has been a huge part of the Indonesian lifestlye with every region having their own form of coffee culture. In Jakarta, the modern coffee shop craze has flourished as more people are learning to savour differnt types of beans from different parts of the world.
Visit: Tanamera Coffee Thamrin City Office Park Blok AA, 7, Jl. Kb. Kacang Raya, Kota Jakarta Pusat or Anomali Coffee 52, Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Seoul, South Korea
Coffee culture has been prevalent in Korea since the Emperor had his first taste in the 19th century and turned into the countries’ first coffee addict. In fact, a study conducted in 2013 showed that Koreans were drinking more coffee than they were eating kimchi. This has led to a fiercely competitive market in the country with coffee shops almost 50 metres away from each other.
Visit: Ikovox Cafe 37 Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul or Café Coffee Mashineun Goyangi 19-1 Anguk-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
In the Thai capital, the coffee culture has been growing at a steady pace. A couple of years ago, the quest to find a good cup of specialty coffee was not easy but nowadays, the coffee addict can find a range of speciality coffee shops serving various beans and different types of roast in Instagram-worthy hipster joints found in around the city.
Visit: Gallery Drop Coffee 107, 1st floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok or Rocket CoffeeBar S49 46, 21/13 Klang Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok
Singapore City, Singapore
Singaporeans are generally accustomed to sitting down for long conversations over Kopi (Coffee) at the Koptiam (local coffee shop) but a new craze of speciality coffee shops have taken over. Not only serving various coffees, plenty of cafes in Singapore are well equipped with fantastic meals that pair will with their beans.
Visit: Common Man Coffee Roasters 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore or Chye Seng Huat Hardware 150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore
New Delhi, India
In India, tea trumps coffee any given day as the preferred beverage but the latter is slowly climbing up the ranks as the middle-class are slowly starting to embrace the coffee culture of cafes for conversations and remote working. In Delhi, the locals have a profound love for coffee. From young to old, almost everyone is accustomed to having their daily fix.
Visit: Cafe Lota National Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi or DePaul’s Cold Coffee 22, Janpath Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi
In Tokyo, people breathe coffee. One way or another, locals will have their cuppa at some point in the day, whether it is heading to a coffee shop or grabbing one from the vending machine. Because of this, good coffee can be found everywhere, even for a measly 100 yen at convenience stores like 7/11 or Lawson.
Visit: ARiSE Coffee Roasters 1-13-8 Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo or Café de l’Ambre 8 104 0061, 8 Chome-10-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Do you know other coffee-loving Asian cities or coffee shops you’d like to share with us? Do let us know in the comments below!
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