One | Half

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

I'm astound to learn the news of a new coffee shop (One Half) recently launched their business in an old yet matured area, in Taman Paramount - a place known for its local delicacies such as Nasi Lemak Bumbung, XO fish head noodle and the popular burger sold in nationwide, namely myBurgerLab and many more!

What makes One Half a unique coffee shop that it stands out among the rest in that particular area is that One Half operates beneath Brats's shelter, in result of specialized in serving specialty coffee, delicious cakes and tea as well as their sinful hot-dog bun (brought to you by Brats). 
"Why One Half is specialized in serving specialty coffee? Why is One Half so unique among the rest as they only serve coffee, tea and cakes as well as the aid of Brats serving hot-dog bun?"

Long story short, the steamy steampunk helmed by young coffee enthusiasts - Mr. Koay and friends. Keith Koay especially, who recently crowned as the Malaysia Barista Champion 2016 and represented Malaysia to compete in the World Barista Championship 2016 in the city of Dublin as the top contender. With his knowledge and technical skills on brewing a cup of coffee, certainly that any of you who is a coffee connoisseur, would appreciate and fall in love in the state of coffee world under his sleeve. No doubt that his hard work and consistency of practice, has lift him up to a whole new level. Brats is an establishment that sells hot-dog bun with their very own homemade German sausage which makes them a unique eatery that caters the demand. With both establishments collaborating with one another is a plus point, which benefit both side in terms of product varieties has to offer to the walk-ins.

Selection of specialty coffee beans on the counter top.
Here, you may opt for the typical espresso-based coffee or the hand brew coffee. Each brewing method has their own respective beans to go with. So better ask the barista for more details!
Cakes are also available on board. Cakes offer are tentative.

1- Kenya Gathaita AA @ RM 16.00
Hand brewing be like?
During my visit to One Half, I told Keith that I'm looking for something fruity and bright in taste. So he recommended me to try this bean, Kenya Gathaita AA and it fit perfectly right to my buds. This Kenya Gathaita AA  has the taste notes of raspberry, pomegranate and fruit tea. A decent strength of flavor and aroma as well as brightness to it.

2- Lemon Pistachio @ RM 12.00
I had the Lemon Pistachio cake. The texture of each layer of sponge cake, flavor and frosting are good, in my opinion (not too sour and sweet in taste. This cake goes well if you have earthier and darker coffee). The amount of pistachio nuts on top are generous too.

3- Cappuccino @ RM 10.00
Champion is in da house~~ Cuppa Joe is in the making.
Last but not least, it is mandatory to try their white coffee since the champion is in the house. One Half uses their very own blend (mix of Brazil & Columbian beans) to brew this right balance cup of coffee. My personal impression at first sip, it somehow has a punch of unidentified flora and fruity flavor, follow-up by noticeable hint of brightness and acidity. As I continued to drink, it has hint of chocolaty to it. Mild yet sweet, in general. 
In conclusion, this place has become one of my favorite in my personal cafe hopping list, due to the excellent cup of coffee that they are able to execute and a quiet place to be in, during day time on weekdays.

Apart from coffee and tea, you may opt for their homemade soda drink or beer. Pertaining to food, Brats hotdog bun is not available for sale yet due to the upgrading in-progress in their kitchen. Best is to wait for One Half or Brats's official announcement.

Price & Service: 4/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Food & Beverages: 4/5 

One | Half x Brats
11, Jalan 20/13,
Taman Paramount,
46300 Petaling Jaya,

Daily: 8am to 10.30 pm.
Cash Only.
Phone: 012-401 9552
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