Jln Theatre Coffee Ipoh
Founders Kenneth and Jecvis created Jln Theatre Coffee to bring the speciality coffee experience to Ipoh. Their mindset is minimalist and this is seen in the menu, recipes and design.
The white space with simple glass windows has a calming feel. A fig tree grows underneath a skylight offering green respite, and Nordic-styled furniture contributes to the streamlined setting.
Head barista Kai, says that their on-site roastery focuses on single-origin beans. In line with their concept of keeping things simple, they concentrate on expressing the individuality of each bean rather than on creating blends.
You won’t find lattes, flat whites or cappuccinos listed here, instead the menu is a straightforward choice between black and white coffee. The customer is asked if they prefer a bolder or light coffee and the milk level is adjusted to the individual.
Today our Milk Coffees (RM 11) are based on Ethiopian beans giving more fruit and acidity in the finish. Generally, the team at Jln Theatre Coffee prefer a light to medium roast. A vegan alternative is also available by substituting dairy with oat milk (additional RM 2).
The café space is relatively small, and in keeping with the times, customers are encouraged to socially distance with takeaway orders. You even get a RM2 discount if you bring your own cup.
Jln Theatre Coffee also has tea options with the reliable brand Niko Neko. Three green teas and three varieties with milk provide plenty of options. The Yuri Matcha (RM 14) is a pretty cup but also nice and smooth in the mouth with a sweet finish and light tannins in the end.
Real cocoa butter is mixed with milk to make Valrhona Chocolate (RM 15) at Jln Theatre Coffee. You’ll find no powder or premix here. There’s a choice of Guanaja (dark), Ivorie (white) and Mocha (chocolate and coffee).
Not only does Jln Theatre Coffee have a micro-roastery on site but also a small bakery. You can find a line-up of their sweets at the front counter and order accordingly. They’re all in the range of four to ten ringgit, and petit in size. Macarons, canelé, cookies, brownies and madeleines in multiple flavours are for the picking. They all have a home-made taste to them thanks to the care in sourcing quality ingredients and the use of free-range eggs.
Our top pick, however, is the Black Fudge Brownie (RM 10). A chocolate fondant middle is wrapped in a super moist brownie, then sheathed again in chocolate crunchy with crushed almonds. Eat this one slowly and pay attention to the thread of floral spice – pink peppercorns! Move aside salted caramel, hello peppered chocolate!
Reasons to visit Jln Theatre Coffee Ipoh: one of the few speciality coffee cafes in Ipoh; calming, minimalist setting; must try the Black Fudge Brownie.
Jln Theatre Coffee Ipoh Opening Hours
Friday to Wednesday: 8 am – 5 pm