Sunday, 27 July 2014

Coffee Nowhere in Johor Bahru, Taman Gaya

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Corrine and I paid a morning visit to Coffee Nowhere Cafe in Taman Gaya.

Inside Coffee Nowhere, the decor is simple and the layout straightforward. But, it was comfortable with plenty of private spaces and cushioned seats for chilling out with friends.

The decor consisted mainly of wooden boards and planks as it was inspired by the humble stable in the story of Nativity. 

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The open concept bar lets us see the baristas in action.

We had the opportunity to chat with Welson, CEO of Coffee Nowhere.

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This branch in Taman Gaya is Coffee Nowhere's birthplace and flagship. Coffee Nowhere now has another branch in Austin Perdana, in Yong Peng, and overseas in Singapore, Batam (Indonesia) and Vietnam. More Coffee Nowhere branches are expected in Malaysia and further afield like in China.

From our brief interaction, I sensed that Welson is one of those rare breed of ideas man and action oriented entrepreneur wrapped into one. He is energetic, observant, has a knack for spotting opportunities and acts fast and creatively to turn them into profitable enterprises.

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The sound of a churning rotating drum and the seductive aroma of coffee interrupted our conversation. Chief Barista Trevor was roasting a fresh batch of coffee beans at Coffee Nowhere.

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Trevor made Corinne a hand poured Ethiopian which tasted of citrusy red cherry with nuttiness, slight bitterness and caramel sweetness. 

She liked it.



Trevor made a cappuccino for me. I am still a novice in coffee appreciation.

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Coffee Nowhere's blend is a trio of beans from Brazil (Bourbon), Ethiopia (Yirgacheffe) and Papua New Guinea. The medium bodied coffee has nutty and caramel flavours which is widely appealing.

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This pizza was a surprise delight.

On the crispy crust laid a carpet of melted cheddar and mozzarella cheese blend, topped with slices of smoked duck and pieces of lychee. Yes, lychee! The pizza was then drizzled with a house blended sauce.

The mix of crispy crust, soft chewy cheese and tender duck was balanced with juicy fleshy lychee. The layers of savouriness from the blended cheese, fat and skin on smoked duck and sauce were balanced with refreshing sweet fruitiness from the lychee.

The combination of layered and contrasting textures and flavours worked delightfully well for us.

Coffee Nowhere's popular signature pizza is a Must Try.

Coffee Nowhere is a likable cafe and it's coffee appeals to a wide cross section, from coffee novices to enthusiasts.

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Restaurant name: Coffee Nowhere 
Address: No. 30 Jalan Gaya 1, Taman Gaya, Ulu Tiram, Johor
Maphttp://goo.gl/maps/9lZlS
GPS: 1.564338,103.801649
Hours: Mon - Sun: 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight

No pork, no lard, no Halal cert

Date visited: 17 Jul 2014


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