Have heard of friends raving about Typica for some weeks now and when a friend suggested going there for drinks, jumped on the invitation.
I really wasn’t expecting Typica to be tucked away in a corner of Shaw Parade. In fact I think the whole establishment can only seat about 20 pax at one time. but the decor is simple yet inviting. Putting “recycled” furniture to good use, old larders, kopitiam chairs etc are scattered around. I must admit, it was charming indeed. Somehow it fitted with the fact that Arabica Typica coffee plants are the base from which many other coffee varietals have been developed, back to the source if you must.
The people behind Typica are big on coffee brewed using a siphon coffee maker, which is supposed to brew the “purest coffee”. The range of coffee beans offered is a lot but unless you’re an avid coffee drinker, perhaps it’s best to consult the baristas on the type of coffee that suits your palate. The ice drip coffee here is also highly recommended.
I didn’t go for any of the highly recommended drinks coz personally, I am not a black coffee person. I prefer to have it with milk so I had the Rose Latte. The rose taste was so subtle that I couldn’t really taste it. But as for the latte, it was smooth and milky and i finished it off all too soon.
My friend had the Soyacino, which substitutes milk with soymilk or soya bean.
Cakes are available at RM10 apiece. Our choice, yam cake & mango cake. I was really looking forward to the yam cake and I thought the coconut shavings were an unexpected topping to the cake that layered yam paste with soft spongey cake atop a crumbly base. Light yet fragrant with the yam’s aroma, it was delightful. The mango cake was very yummy too with the light mousse sandwiched in between and topped with fresh fruit. However, I found the bits of pumpkin seeds unnecessary as I don’t think it did much for taste.
Typica is indeed a cosy, homey cafe that one can wile away lazy afternoons and with the wide variety of coffee served, you’re indeed spoilt for choice. As all coffee are laboriously prepared upon order, waiting time here is definitely longer than your average chain coffee joints. But sit back, relax and soak in the atmosphere and literally smell the coffee!
Typica 豆原 (www)
GL-08, Ground Floor,
Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah,
55100 Kuala Lumpur