Thursday, September 3, 2015



Various latte art done by  Mr. Stephen

The number of cafes opening around  KL is amazing! The coffee culture as its called is mind boggling to an ignorant coffee drinker like me.   I don't know whether the draw to these cafes are the wonderful coffee or the free wi-fi.  Funnily, I happened to watch an Astro programme on Sunday also draw our attention to this trend.
So, I decided its time to get a clear understanding of appreciating coffee and latte art through this meet-up group held at Hobby N Coffee at TTDI.   The shop is on the first floor of the row of shophouses along McD.  As we have been told that no food will be serve on the premises, we took our breakfast at the coffeeshop without ordering any coffee!. 
We met the amicable and friendly owner of the shop, Mr. Stephen Yong.   This guy truly love his coffee and passionate of his latte art.   He give talks/demonstration/lectures on latte art. 
Before proceeding with the demonstration of his latte art, he explain about coffee beans and how to purchase them.  I wonder how many of you did the same mistake as I, trying to smell a bag of coffee beans from that tiny hole in the bag? HAHAHA... Wrong, that tiny hole is not meant for that purpose, but rather it meant as a escape route for the gases that built up within the bag of coffee beans. Only a air-tight bag will keep the coffee beans fresh.   And make sure you do not store them inside the fridge. 

Master at work ...... on our first cup of coffee.
Usually the milk is pour from the side and this pushes up to the surface and the foam part is then slowly pour onto the top 
and then he start to do some etching to create this 

cartoon  picture.. cute. 

2 different taste in one cup.... cappuccino and latte!
This is called "mirror" image.  The milk is splash this time straight in the center and you get the dual effect. 

Again another creation..... 

the constellation ...... stars and planets 

Eureka.... the light goes up!
The place is unpretentious..... basically just  long black tables and stools, no fancy decoration and definitely not the instagram worthy type of cafes around town.  But you do get a cuppa or 2 of decent fresh coffee and awesome latte art.  
Beside coffee, the back portion of the cafe is used as a sewing class. Bales and bales of beautiful cotton (yes pure cotton) lined one side of the wall.  The wife, Ms Lucy is the one in charge of organising sewing classes now and then and some of the pretty handicrafts included blouses, drawstring bags, aprons etc. 

You can get most of sewing materials too 

These are pre-cut squares for quilting.   

For dinner I made these Teochew kueh....recipe from Nasi Lemak Lover

the glutinous rice with dried prawns and peanuts filling 

Happy with the appearance - but as she said the dough will  harden once when cold. 

Keep Calm and drink coffee... have a happy weekend.


  1. ya house/lab and etc sprouting everywhere. Used to be burger place.

    Anyway i love the artwork that they do

    Wah....hard to make or not ah the teochew cake

  2. Thanks Sharon, you too
    Small Kucing, not difficult to make at all

  3. Thanks Sharon, you too
    Small Kucing, not difficult to make at all

  4. I am a coffee addict and would welcome good coffee any minute.
    I am impressed with his skills in making the latte look artistic.

    1. Do drop in at his place. ... Hobby N Coffee at Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

  5. very interesting coffee design :_)

    1. He is an expert in this field... do visit him