by Ili Aqilah
Ipoh has been known to many for its great coffee, but how many cafes are actually embracing the culture of drinking, learning and appreciating coffee? Ninety One cafe, which started operating since February last year, is perfect for caffeine addicts and for those who want to learn more about coffee.
Upon ordering their coffee, customers will receive a card containing factoids of their drink. Not familiar with the term? The baristas are more than happy to explain it to you, “I had training on brewing and understanding coffee in Australia and another partner of mine, William had his in Hong Kong. I find it interesting that despite learning about the same topic, we have different techniques and styles in serving the drink,” said Yi Vern, on the of the three who manages the cafe.
Together with Shin, the trio not only share the same passion about coffee but also about serving good and fresh food too.
From your usual espresso (RM7.50), to long black (RM7.50) the cafe also serves filtered coffee and cold brew or cold drip where the flavour and type of beans are changed every day.
“Aside from our specialty coffee, we also offer healthy food. All fruits served in our food are fresh and we have been serving house-made bread to our customers. We also don’t put any MSG in our food,” added Yi Vern.
Among the must-try food at the cafe from their rice bowl selection is the Mr Kare, a fried breaded chicken on rice with carrot and apple Japanese Curry Sauce, at RM16.50; or from their sandwich selection, the Captain Keroro (RM10), chicken ham and fried eggs with cheese sandwiched between their house-made bread.
“After trying out several recipes and mixtures, we finally found the right texture for the bread which we make from scratch here. Currently, we have three types of bread here: brioche, wholemeal and matcha bread. Customers can even pre-order the bread from us,” said Yi Vern.
Other items available at the cafe are Happy Day, a sausage, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, turkey ham, grilled tomato and house-made brioche (RM19.90); a variety of pastas and desserts such as the Lemon Cheesecake and more.
Located at Tambun Inn, the cafe will conduct a special coffee-tasting session once in a while for customers to learn more about coffee. This pork-free cafe opens every day except Tuesday from 10am to 6pm (Monday-Thursday) and from 9am to 7pm (Friday till Sunday).
Ninety One Coffee & Food is located at 91 Jalan Raja DiHilir, 30350 Ipoh. For more updates on their latest menu and coffee tasting session, readers can follow them at their Instagram account at www.instagram.com/ninetyoneipoh.