HWC Coffee plans to expand its business nationwide


  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Mar 2023

PETALING JAYA: After reaching store opening target last year, renowned specialty coffee house chain, HWC Coffee Malaysia aims to open an additional 40 specialty coffee brand stores nationwide this year.

The coffee house chain will also start operating a flagship store and a coffee academy in Malaysia starting May.

Since HWC Coffee's first brand store opened at 1Utama Shopping Centre in April 2022, the chain has rapidly expanded to open 15 stores within just nine months.

HWC Coffee successfully launched mini stores in three well-known homestay buildings as of February 2023.

As Malaysia's first specialty coffee chain and a strategic hub for Southeast Asia, HWC Coffee has announced that its first overseas flagship store will be in Brunei, which is slated to open in mid-April.

Additionally, HWC also plans to expand beyond the Klang Valley region this year, including opening in Penang by April, and pursuing expansion opportunities in major cities.

The flagship store and Coffee Academy in Malaysia will be situated at Klang Valley, with preparations underway for the opening in May, said HWC Coffee Malaysia chief executive officer Zenda Ng.

The flagship store will provide a wider selection of coffee in different quality and price range to cater to diverse preferences, while the coffee academy will emphasise barista training, short courses, and weekend coffee experiences.

"We will also introduce HWC Coffee's exclusive coffee clinic service from Taiwan to Malaysia and engage local customers and coffee lovers in interesting ways," said Ng.

The company had also organised a media visit to Taiwan in early March, together with content creators and business partners to experience the process of coffee harvesting, coffee processing, roasting and packaging at where HWC Coffee was founded. The aim is to promote HWC's commitment to the "From Farm to Cup" concept and professionalism of HWC Coffee.

Participants visited the famous coffee plantation in Alishan, Taiwan to learn more about coffee and experience the coffee harvest, coffee process method, the group also visited coffee roastery at HWC’s headquarters to see the high-tech Italian made imf RM -60RAS full hot air coffee roasting machine, which costs RM1.3mil.

Tan (left) and Sass appointed as HWC Friends.Tan (left) and Sass appointed as HWC Friends.

Meanwhile, HWC held an event in Taiwan to announce the appointment of Malaysian celebrity Jack Tan and Natasha Sass as HWC Friends.

On his appointment as HWC Friend, Tan said he is a coffee lover and he is honoured to be able to work with HWC.

Sass revealed that coffee is the most important drink for her to start the day and that it makes her as happy as making music, both sources of joy for her.

Tan and Sass will be making further appearances at HWC Coffee events in the future.

The coffee house chain will also launch brand new seasonal coffee beans in conjunction with the opening of its flagship store in Malaysia.

The two collections are HWC Taiwan Alishan honey roasted coffee bean and HWC Ethiopia Yirgacheffe roasted coffee bean, with halal certification from Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association.

For more information, visit www.hwccoffee.my, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HWCmalaysia and Instagram: @hwc_malaysia.

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