Saturday, 1 March 2014
Headmost Cafe by Just Want Coffee in Johor Bahru
My blogger/ food writer friend Corrine invited me to join her for coffee at the spanking new Headmost Cafe at SunCity (Plaza Matahari) in Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.
Corrine is also the admin of Coffee-mate 咖啡伴侣 Facebook group for coffee lovers.
JB's coffee scene is getting more and more exciting recently with new cafes sprouting in different parts of the city.
What excites me most is that some of these cafes are not just either good or bad clones of Western brands but home grown boutique cafes with innovative themes and coffee. They are opened by coffee lovers for coffee lovers.
Stepping inside Headmost Cafe, we like it's contemporary clean decor. At the loft level is Headmost boutique, a US brand of casual men's clothing famous for their trendy jockey caps.
Taking pride of place is this gleaming Spirit espresso machine from the renowned Dutch manufacturer Kees Van Der Westen. I am told this machine which looks like the radiator grille of a vintage sports car actually costs the price of a small car in Malaysia.
All coffees at Headmost come with double shot espresso. It's a bit of deja vu for me as this place reminds me of Double Ristretto Cafe (also by Just Want Coffee) which is closed. I love Double Ristretto a lot, so the opening of Headmost is great news for me.
Somehow, this coffee grinder reminds me of Ferrari cars. Slick, bold, elegant, strong, confident, fast.
Nelson, the boss of Just Want Coffee joined us. We had an interesting chat about his passion for coffee, the Johor coffee scene, Just Want Coffee's philosophy and future plans. Energies are now focused on Just Want Coffee's coming new outlet at Taman Mount Austin.
This coffee is an example of the bold innovation in JB coffee culture. This is a concoction of house blended espresso, corn puree with steamed milk and foam topped with kernels of corn.
How does it taste? Corn and double shot espresso pair surprisingly well together :D The robust aromatic full bodied bitter-sweet espresso alternates with the refreshing light bodied sweet corn to create a delightful taste experience. The soft juicy kernels of crunchy corn make interesting nibbles in the coffee.
I like this a lot.
Nelson said that Just Want Coffee experiments with new coffees constantly and comes up with new coffees on the menu regularly. (So, watch out for it :D )
My cappuccino and Corrine's Americano in the background. My cappuccino was full bodied and robust as all Headmost coffees are served double shot (known as "doppio" in Italian). Corrine enjoyed her Americano too.
Millecrepe, my favourite type of cake at the moment. Very well made. Creamy but well worth the calories and cholesterol.
Interesting gold dusted coffee bean on top of the millecrepe.
My apologies that I don't know the prices as Nelson graciously took the tab before we could ask for the bill.
Restaurant name: Headmost Cafe (by Just Want Coffee)
Address: SunCity (Plaza Matahari), G07, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight | Friday to Saturday 12:00 noon to 1:00am.
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 26 Feb 2014
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