It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, sometimes a good cup in the morning of fresh, rich coffee is all you want. It adds pep to your step, increases energy and helps to open eyes to the world around you. Or, at least it does this all to me.
Coffee is a spice of my life, and I was excited to get to see what Malaysia had to offer in this sphere of indulgence. On our first trip to the markets back in Penang, I got a taste of the coffee ice, which is a sweetened iced coffee. Luckily, Pat ordered our drinks less sweet than normal because any sweeter would have been too much for me to handle. I have learned the way of the Malaysians: Too sweet is the sweet that they want, so you have to think about that when ordering anything, including coffee ice.
On the other end of the spectrum of coffees has been the watery, unsweetened version. At places, like hotels for example, where there are pre-brewed pots of coffee, it has just been extremely watery with little coffee flavor whatsoever. At the Seremban hotel, there was even a cafe, but it didn’t quite seem like the person working there knew how to work the machine. Pat’s dad tried to order a double shot coffee, but since it wasn’t on the menu, the worker was just confused, asking repeatedly if he wanted one coffee or two. Hmm… the English in Seremban was not nearly as good as back in Penang.
Finally, we thought we found the answer to our problem when we saw a Starbucks at the Seremban 2 mall (more info on Seremban 2 in the future). Starbucks has global standards, right? Or so we thought.
In typical Malaysian fashion, it took 15 minutes to order and be served 3 cappuccinos, those of which tasted merely of hot milk once you got past the half-mug mark of foam. That is just not coffee.
We gave coffee another shot at The Majestic Hotel in Malacca on our arrival, and, although the cappuccino was still on the weak side, we saw there was potential. We ordered a double shot cappuccino before leaving the hotel for Kuala Lumpur and we hit the jackpot! Finally, a real-tasting coffee!