Ask anything about coffee and Ms. Lee Chien will talk excitedly about the subject matter. Being a young entreprenuer, Lee Chien has ventured into the coffee business by opening up her own cafe called CAFFEine; at SetiaWalk in September 2012. Over the span of eight months, her cafe has garnered a loyal fan base who frequent her outlet for a cup of coffee or two. Lee Chien who started her barista life three years ago also believes that her cafe caters to different customers who have different preferences when it comes to coffee. Some prefer their drink to be creamier while others like their coffee stronger.
The reason she named her outlet ‘CAFFEine;’ is because the word ‘CAFFE’ means COFFEE in Italian and adding the letters ‘ine’ forms the word CAFFEine which an ingredient found not only coffee, but also tea and soft drinks. The semicolon (;) represents everything else as her cafe serves natural decaffeinated tea, smoothie, bottled beverage, cookie, sandwich, cake and etc. CAFFEine; is focusing on espresso based beverage and that is why they are using one of the most reliable coffee grinder (fiorenzato) and espresso machine (la cimbali) in order to serve a perfect espresso to customer.
During our visit to her cafe, she has prepared three signature drinks for us to try. CAFFEine; signature coffee, Electro Choc (RM10.00 hot / RM11.00 ice) is made from Irish cream, hazelnut coffee, milk and cocoa powder. The drink is milky based and has a nice aromatic coffee flavour. As the name implies, the coffee leans towards a more chocolaty taste.
Golden Mocha (RM10.00 hot / RM11.00 ice) which is made from chocolate, coffee, milk and caramel sauce (to create the ‘gold’ texture). The coffee carries a nice caramel sweetness taste.
Jrocks! (RM 13.00) which is essentially iced caramel macchiato with vanilla ice cream. This drink was perfect for a hot sunny afternoon with a nice sweetness taste from the vannila ice cream mixed with coffee, milk and caramel. It has a heavy bodied caramel macchiato akin to extreme affogato.
Apart from coffee, CAFFEine; serves pasta, sandwiches and pastries to cater to customers who are looking for food to eat as well.
Lee Chien also demonstrates an Italian brewing style using a moka pot.
This technique requires fine grinded coffee powder from stronger taste of coffee beans as it produces a flavour similar to espresso.
The pot has a small valve that releases steam pressure when it is is placed on a suitable heat source.
When the water reaches its boiling point, the steam will eventually reaches a high pressure level to gradually force the surrounding boiling water up the funnel through the coffee powder and into the upper chamber of the pot where the coffee is collected. The steam bubbles mix with the upstreaming water produces a more efficient extraction of caffeine and flavours from the grounds, and resulting in a stronger brew.
Pour over coffee, or hand drip coffee is a Japanese method, an old-fashioned technique that uses a coffee dripper. Pour over requires barista pouring water (92-96°C) from goose-neck kettle by hand, more slowly over the coffee ground that will result in the extraction of more flavor. The paper is soaked wet to get rid the paper smell.
This technique produces a lighter flavour of coffee because of the filtering process.
Lee Chien said that the water from which the nozzle is poured from has a unique design to ensure consistency of the water dripping.
She also featured her Chocolate Baileys Mousse (RM 19.50) which is a new cake featured in the cafe. The cake is basically chocolate mousse with an extra kick of the Baileys flavour. Lee Chien mentioned that the cake was specially procured from a home based baker who infused the alcohol after baking the cake to give the whiskey and cream based liquor taste.
CAFFEine; is a great indie cafe for coffee lovers to escape from home and workplace. Simple but charming decor with soothing music will certainly whip up a nice ambiance to sip a cup of coffee.
G-09-1, Level 1, Block G, SetiaWalk
Pusat Bandar Puchong
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-5879 0033
Monday – Friday: 2:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 noon till late