Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mellowcup Cafe @ Jalan Gottlieb, Penang

Henry Tan | 1:16 AM | | |
I believe most of you would have heard of Mellowcup Cafe which is located along Jalan Gottlieb, Penang. A quick search in Google, you will get tonnes of blog reviews on this cozy little cafe situated opposite to Penang Chinese Girl High School. Baby and I paid a visit to Mellowcup Cafe last weekend after all the hype. Read on to find out their latest top seller!

We visited Mellowcup Cafe on a Saturday morning (11.30am) to avoid the crowds. We managed to get a free car park at the roadside of the housing area nearby. Otherwise, you may need to park along the roadside infront, which is usually full! Do remember to put up the parking coupon as the police there are quite hardworking! LOL

The shop lots at New Bob Center, which Mellowcup Cafe is located under, are quite narrow and long. So the tables and seating are quite limited, probably can fit around 30 pax. The cafe is neat and tidy, well decorated with coffee related information as well as some of their activities photos.   

The photo that caught my attention the most is Moses Chan, TVB famous actor. Yes, that's right, his own brand of coffee bean, Blooms Roastery & Craft Tea, is actually available here, the one and only in Malaysia! (Yes I know he used to open one in KL many years ago and now no more!) I used to be a big fan of his TV Show, Coffee Confidential (品味咖啡), so I should be trying out his brand of coffee too! 

We started with their Iced Drip Coffee which using Panama Don-K Kotowa coffee bean from Blooms Roastery & Craft Tea, all the way from Hong Kong. Mellowcup Cafe has done the iced drip process batch by batch and kept all in glass bottles. We get to try both fresh from the bottle and also after shaken one. 

Personally, I felt that the low acid-medium body Panama coffee has a sweet-subtle flavor and comes with a smooth finish especially after it is being shaken (that explains all the foam on top). It's cold and delicious, I could drink that all day long during the hot days! 

As we all know, now we are moving into the third wave of coffee where people would appreciate manual brewing like pour-over coffee and so on. Well, it reminds me of my old friend, Eugene, a coffee enthusiast who used to share with me on all this knowledge! 

We tried the full-immersion coffee which using Ethiopia Sidamo Hunkute coffee bean from Blooms Roastery & Craft Tea. The ground coffee beans were soak with hot water in the Clever Dripper for two and a half minute. A countdown timer was placed on top to alarm us when it is done brewing.  

At first glance, one might mistaken this Clever Dripper as a pour-over dripper, but it is actually using a smart stop and release mechanism to keep ground coffee and water together until they are ready to be poured into a server or mug. So due to this dwell time, it is considered as a full-immersion brewer.

As you may see in the photo, Mellowcup Cafe actually grinds the coffee bean coarsely so that it could be brewed to perfection! Coffee filter (forgot to ask the size) was placed in the cone which makes it a combination of both pour-over and full-immersion brewer! The result was brilliant as it is clean, consistent and fully extracted!

Personally, I felt that it is darker and bitter as it goes thru full-immersion process which releases the acidity, but definitely a lot more aromatic

Then, we had latte and also the signature coffee - Tiramisu too. If you are not fancy of black coffee, they have many other options too. But personally for me, like the saying goes...

 "Once You Go Black, You Will Never Go Back!"

Don't get me wrong, the "black" as in black coffee! (想歪的都去罰站!) So yeah, they seems less interesting to me. 

After done with all the coffee, we had our lunch there as well. We tried Grilled Salmon with Japanese Hot Spring Egg which cost RM28.90. The price is on the high side relatively from the menu, but to be fair, the thick-cut salmon slab was quite a big portion together with the side dishes. The hot spring egg or a.k.a Onsen egg was done perfectly and certainly give extra moisture to the fish. However, I felt that the salmon was a bit dry especially at the thinner end. So I have to cut nicely together with the salmon skin so that with the fat beneath the salmon skin, it could makes it moist.

Then we had Seafood Tomyam Spaghetti at RM20.80 which comes with homemade Tomyam sauce, onion, cherry tomato, prawns and fish fingers. The spaghetti was appetizingly-sour and spicy, certainly a favorite for those girls that fancy sour and spicy food. 

Lastly, we had BBQ Chicken Skewer at RM17.80, finally something that I fancy! The chicken was tender and juicy (good choice in cuts of chicken), with extra flavor from BBQ sauce and some heat from the bell peppers. The mashed potato was delightful as well as it is smooth, fluffy and well seasoned! I am the one who finished all of it even the portion was quite big! 

As our lunch comes to an end, we had Chocolate Egg Yolk (RM13.90) for dessert. As usual, the egg yolk that oozes out gives the perfect visual and definitely camera-friendly! I am not a big fan of dessert, so I think the size is good enough for me to just end my meal with something sweet!

A very motivating quote which is very much needed for #YourFinanceDoctor - Henry Tan and all those who are working hard for a better future! Translation to English, it would goes something like this...

"Do Something Today that Your Future Self will Thank You For."

We managed to get a good talk with the lady boss which is probably just around my age (or even younger) before she start to busy with her customers. Basically, you can tell that she's very passionate in coffee, another coffee enthusiast that showcasing the wonder of coffee at large scale thru her shop and even her class! 

Through the conversation, I got to know that we actually shared the same value whereby we strike to add value to others. For this reason, I strongly believe that Mellowcup Cafe worth for a visit! Be it for the food, or the coffee, or even for Moses, go try it out and let me know how do you think! 

11-4-G New Bob Center
Jalan Gottlieb, Penang

Tel:  012-937 3213

Opening Hours: 
Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-11pm, 
Friday-Saturday: 10am-12am, 
Sunday 11am-10pm


Till then. ;)
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  1. This what you call enjoying coffee all about.Gosh! totally wanna to check out this place if in Penang. Food look awesome delicious and the coffee sounds like worth to try too.


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