Thursday, 21 November 2013

My Liberica Specialty Coffee at Taman Molek, Johor Bahru

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Johor coffee culture has roughly three layers. All three layers exist together, giving Johor coffee culture richness and depth.

The first layer is Nanyang coffee, best exemplified by the popular old school Hainanese kopitiams like Kin Wah and Hua Mui. The second layer is the international brands like Starbucks. The third layer is the emerging local brands such as Just Want Café, Monsta Café and My Liberica, just to name a few.

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In Johor, some of the local brands are even vertically integrated, meaning they have their own plantations, processing facilities and cafés. Examples are Sai Kee Kopi 434 and My Liberica.

My Liberica is the brainchild and vision of Jason who earned his agricultural degree from Taiwan National University. On returning to Johor, Jason begun turning part of the family's oil palm plantation into a Liberica coffee plantation.

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All the coffees sold at My Liberica café come from their own plantation near Bukit Batu in Johor. The ripe Liberica berries are carefully hand picked.

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My Liberica's café located in Taman Molek (Johor Bahru) is already a go-to place for the JB's trendy set.

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Inside My Liberica café, it is very comfortable with many spaces where customers can enjoy their coffee and cakes quietly.

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If you like to watch baristas in action and engage them in coffee talk, you might prefer to perch at the coffee bar.

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There are all manners of coffee machines in My Liberica, with this La Marzocco espresso machine taking centre stage.

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The La Marzocco machine delivers rich and full bodied espresso coffees with My Liberica's own coffee beans.

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The siphon system is the method of choice for making coffee like kopi luwak or civet cat coffee. My Liberica's kopi luwak is made with beans recovered from the droppings of wild civet cats roaming free in My Liberica's vast plantation. (Note: Johor Kaki supports only authentic and ethically harvested civet cat coffee beans.)

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The simple filter method is ideal for premium blends like Geisha.

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The enthusiastic baristas at My Liberica pull latte art with flare and gusto. 

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Trendy cold dripped coffee heavily laced with concentrated caffeine is a heady brew.

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My Liberica is one of the finest coffee shops in Johor serving top quality coffee in a nice environment.

Restaurant name: My Liberica Specialty Coffee
Address: 73, Jalan Molek 3/10, Taman Molek, Johor
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/7ZUXG
GPS: 1.521567,103.784838
Hours: Monday to Thursday 12:00noon to 10:00pm. Friday to Sunday 9:30am to 11:30pm.
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert


Date visited: 18 Nov 2013

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20 comments:

  1. Cat coffee beans! I'm not sure how I feel about coffee berries that have been eaten and excreted by cats but I'm sure it's ultra fragrant and satisfying for coffee connoisseurs out there. The best I can do is a cafe latte rofl.

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  2. Thank you for this post, otherwise I would never know about Malaysia's home brew brands.
    Might try them next time :)

    cheers, Andy
    (SengkangBabies)

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    1. Johor is one of those rare places where boutique cafes have their own plantations and processing facilities.

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  3. I am not a coffee lover but the photos definitely look tempting. :)

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  4. Wah a coffee shop that has its own plantation. Talk about quality assurance haha!

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  5. I wonder if the coffee shop offers free wi-fi? :D I don't think I can stay for very long if there's none.
    The photos you took are very nice.

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    1. Yes, My Liberica offers free wifi. In fact, the majority of eateries in JB provide free wifi.

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  6. That's really interesting! I love the plantation to cafe idea. Though maybe when it comes to cafe design, they can take a leaf out our local coffee joints to up the hip factor :)

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  7. Great write-up! Being a coffee lover, will definitely give the place try it when we visit :D

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  8. is it have halal certificate?

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    1. My Liberica does not have a Halal cert.

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  9. actually it's kind of ironic to name liberica beans as Specialty coffee. Liberica beans are actually more like robusta beans which are of a lower grade than arabica beans. if im not wrong, specialty grade coffee are given to arabica beans due to its flavours, growing, processing, and harvesting method.

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    1. Actually, My Liberica cafe also serves a wide variety of premium Arabica blends.

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    2. Having a blend of arabica, robusta and liberica still does not make it Specialty coffee. The naming is deceiving and misleading. Just MHO

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  10. Liberica beans actually taste quite bad, hence the dark roast treatment that local coffee roasters give them. My Liberica selling such low quality beans at premium prices is unacceptable from an industry viewpoint. Liberica is the coffee of choice in kopitiams due to their low costs.

    However, to their credit, My Liberica knows who their customers are: coffee drinkers from the 1st layer who may be unfamiliar with arabica coffee (which tastes milder and has many more subtle flavours that are more difficult to detect).

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    1. Agree with you that Arabica is apart from Liberica and Robusta beans. Actually, My Liberica cafe also serves a wide variety of premium Arabica blends. The population of discerning coffee drinkers in JB and from neighbouring Singapore is growing fast.

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  11. Can anyone advise me where I can buy coffee saplings to plant at my small urban organic farm for my learning process. If I can learn more and find it feasible I would like like to turn my 16 acres old rubber plantation in Baling Kedah (not yielding anymore) into coffee plantation. Thank you in advance.

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  12. Can anyone advise me where can I buy coffee saplings for trial on my small urban organic farm with the intention of tuning my 16 acres of old rubber plantation into a coffee plantation. I am from Penang. Thank you in advance.

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  13. just taste the coffee today.. great environment.. at their new branch sutera utama jb

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