Brewing interest in coffee





Visitors at the Ipoh Coffee Festival browsing through some coffee products at a booth.

Visitors at the Ipoh Coffee Festival browsing through some coffee products at a booth.

COFFEE enthusiasts from all over Malaysia converged in Ipoh for the Ipoh Coffee Festival.

They were treated to an aromatic affair as they got to taste traditional and specialty coffee from various parts of the world.

Some 65 vendors were present to serve, promote and educate people on the distinctive and authentic way to brew and roast their coffee, with free samples given out to visitors.

The day-long event held at the Kinta Riverwalk was part of the Ipoh Food Festival that was held end of last month.

A coffee roasting demonstration at the event.
A coffee roasting demonstration at the event.

Apart from coffee sipping, other activities included coffee and French dessert pairing workshop, coffee roasting workshop, teh tarik showcase and a latte art throwdown.

Among the visitors at the festival was Umira Fatihah Suhaimi Nor, 17, who was there with her father.

Umira Fatihah said she enjoyed the traditional and specialty coffees offered.

“My father and I are looking for inspiration for our cafe that we are opening soon.

Packets of traditional Hainanese coffee sourced from different states at one of the booths.
Packets of traditional Hainanese coffee sourced from different states at one of the booths.

“I am having a good time as I get to taste the array of beverages here,” she said.

“I also got myself some cool new badges and merchandise.”

One booth that stood out was Calanthe Art Cafe’s, which was promoting authentic traditional Hainanese coffee from 13 states.

Cafe owner Joe Ng said he wanted to showcase the distinctive flavours of the coffee from different states.

“The Hainanese coffee from Johor is our bestseller because it uses Liberica bean, a rare coffee bean that comprises only 1% of coffee production worldwide.

“We also brew the coffee using conventional filter bags,” he said, adding that his cafe was based in Melaka.

Coffee lovers participating in a coffee roasting workshop at Calanthe Art Cafe’s booth.
Coffee lovers participating in a coffee roasting workshop at Calanthe Art Cafe’s booth.

During the event, Ng also held coffee roasting workshops while inviting visitors to be involved in the process.

A couple of steps away was Petaling Jaya-based Cloud Catcher’s booth, manned by Surender Kumar and Mahesh Krishnan.

Apart from promoting specialty coffee, they went further to promote the sustainability aspect.

“Our mission is to trace back the source of coffee beans to their origins and to give back to the agriculture community that has made this happen,” said Surender.

“Part of the sales from our coffee go to a fund called ‘Chapola Project’ where it will be used to build the framework for electricity, water and education in Africa and Central America.”

Also present was an NGO called Save the Environment, Save Ourselves.

Its intention was to reduce food waste and food poverty as well as build inclusive communities for the needy.

Its booth also sold biodegradable plates, bowls and burger boxes.