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15 Best Baristas in Penang [2024]

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If you are a coffee lover, then you know that the best cup of coffee always comes from a skilled barista. In Penang, there are many talented baristas who make some of the best coffee in the country. Here is a list of the 15 Best Baristas in Penang!

1. Barista Guild Asia

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/BaristaGuildAsia/
Address5, Jalan Jugra, Old Klang Road 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone+60 11-5694 0855
Emailinfo.baristaguildasia@gmail.com
Operating HoursDaily 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday Closed

Barista Guild Asia (Malaysia) was established with the mission of empowering and inspiring both coffee professionals and customers. They deliver world-class solutions through coffee education and offer the industry’s most thorough and in-depth coffee training.

Key Differentiators:

  • Has training academy
  • Skilled and professional baristas
  • Excellent service

Customer Testimonial:

“Nice ambiance. Professional barista, special menu and tasty coffee.”

Rebecca Yap

2. Mellowcup Coffee  

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/mellowcupcafe/
Address11-G-4,New Bob Centre, Jalan Gottlieb 10350 Penang Island, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 11-1641 3523
Emailbranson.mellowlab@gmail.com
Operating HoursTuesday-Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday Closed

Pasta, espresso-based coffee, and dessert are all offered by Mellowcup Coffee. Their baristas have certifications from City & Guilds, Illy, and the SCA. They also provide barista workshops and training.

Key Differentiators:

  • Barista training
  • Coffee classes
  • Reasonable price

Customer Testimonial:

“Good environment for family bonding and birthday celebration. Great quality coffee taste fantastic. Variety of food and is yummy.”

CH Beh

3. 103 Coffee  

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://103coffee.com/workshop/in-house-workshop/
Address103-G, Jalan Radin Bagus, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone+60 12-519 7103
Email103coffeeworkshop@gmail.com

2015 saw the founding of 103 Coffee. They are a group of coffee lovers working to close the gap between specialty coffee and coffee drinkers. They are committed to fostering relationships and developing novel experiences through coffee and are unusual and innovative. Their mission is to maintain contact with all coffee lovers, starting with a delicious cup of coffee to brighten everyone’s day, every day.

Key Differentiators:

  • Strong cold brew
  • Cozy atmosphere
  • Best coffee

Customer Testimonial:

“I really dig the new layout upstairs, it’s brighter and more airy. Latte art is top notch as usual and the food has definitely improved.”

Jake Chong

4. Emery School of Coffee

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.emery.coffee/
Address23-, Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/6C, Putra Point Business Centre, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone+603 5892 1549
Emailesc@emery.coffee
Operating HoursDaily 9:30AM-9:30PM

Emery School of Coffee specializes coffee. They try to make premium coffee approachable, recognizable, and open to customers from all backgrounds. In addition to the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) approved courses, their training lab provides private training & advice, in-house certification programs, and recreational coffee seminars.

Key Differentiators:

  • Expert baristas
  • Best coffee
  • Cozy atmosphere

Customer Testimonial:

“The best neighbourhood cafe.”

Karen Duncan

5. LuXicon Coffee Lab

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/luxiconcoffee/
Address1, Lorong Batu Nilam 34/2, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang, Malaysia
Phone+60 12-286 6173
Emailluxiconcoffee@gmail.com

LuXicon Coffee Lab teaches an aspiring barista of fundamentals or develop talents. The art of producing espresso from grinding to temperature control and milk procedures are among the modules offered in the classes taught by qualified SCA trainers. Aside from developing other vital skills like customer service and cafe management, aspiring or seasoned baristas may also look forward to learning the significance of the water quality utilized for brewing.

Key Differentiators:

  • Great place for Coffee Training
  • Skilled baristas
  • Popular with locals

Customer Testimonial:

“Highly recommended for training for both hobby and professional level training on coffee. Superb trainer for his experience and his ability to explain in details on the subject. Flexible and able to engage with students throughout the whole course.”

Hwee Choo Thong

6. Cottle Coffee Malaysia

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.cottlecoffee.com.my/the-academy
Address9 Jalan PJU 3/46, Sunway Damansara, Technology Park 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone(+603) 7733 7070
Emailinfo@cottlecoffee.com.my
Operating HoursMonday-Friday 9:30AM-4:00PM

In order to share their passion for coffee with the world, Cottle Coffee Malaysia sources gorgeous green beans and roasts them on-site behind their cafe in South Melbourne. Known for its exceptional artisan coffee, Cottle Coffee has a long history dating back to 1912.

Key Differentiators:

  • Relaxing atmosphere
  • Excellent service
  • High quality products

Customer Testimonial:

“Love this place! A perfect cup of coffee every time with excellent service to boot. I always pop by here for my perfect Aussie coffee fix when I’m nostalgic.”

Penelope Zapatos

7. Common Man Coffee Roasters KL  

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://commonmancoffeeroasters.com/collections/academy-classes
AddressA-G-1 New Podium, Plaza Vads No.1 Jalan Tun Mohd Faud. 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone+60 3-7731 7095
Emailinfo@cmcroasters.com
Operating HoursDaily 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

To promote specialty coffee across the region, Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR), a café concept and coffee roaster, was founded in Singapore in 2013. The Spa Esprit Group, a locally owned company that includes STRIP waxing, Browhaus, Drunken Farmer, Open Farm Community, and many other brands, is home to CMCR. The group’s focus on innovation, quality, and value helps CMCR succeed.

Key Differentiators:

  • Coffee experts
  • Reasonable price
  • Excellent service

Customer Testimonial:

“Nice coffee in town. Recommended to those who like classic coffee.”

David Choong

8. Lighthouse Coffee Outpost  

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.lighthouse-coffee.com.my/
AddressBatu Kawan, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-263 3628
Emailinquiry@lighthouse-coffee.com.my
Operating HoursWeekdays 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Weekends Closed

Lighthouse Coffee Bar, which opened in 2011 on Bishop Street in Penang, was the previous name of Lighthouse Coffee Outpost At The SHIP Campus. The Outpost is a cafe project designed to provide you with better coffee and brighten your day. Lighthouse Coffee, which was established in 2007, offers both SCA and ACF (Asean Coffee Federation) courses. Learn the fundamentals and other skills, such as brewing, roasting, cupping, and discriminating between different kinds of coffee beans, by doing so. You will only learn from the greatest instructors at Lighthouse Coffee because every trainer there is SCA-certified and has years of expertise.

Key Differentiators:

  • Coffee experts
  • Reasonable price
  • Great products

Customer Testimonial:

“They always get my crave fixed! Friendly and passionate staff, not only they serve good coffee but also shared coffee knowledge, love to chit chat at this corner.”

Celine Koh

9. Discover Coffee Roasting Co  

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.discovercoffee.co/collections/sca-diploma
AddressNo 62, Jalan KIP 9, Kepong Industrial Park 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone+60 11-6290 1313
Emailhey@discovercoffee.co
Operating HoursMonday-Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Variety of SCA Diploma Courses are offered by Discover Coffee. A course including topics like barista & sensory skills and brewing & roasting procedures is called Discover SCA Foundation Combo. A single coffee bean travels from the farm to your cup for tens of thousands of miles. The best beans money can buy are brought to you by Discover Coffee, who travel the world so you don’t have to.

Key Differentiators:

  • Excellent training
  • High quality products
  • Barista experts

Customer Testimonial:

“Excellent and comprehensive coffee training in Malaysia. They have very exprience trainers and coffee expert in the center. Highly recommend for you to start your coffee course there.”

B Bee Ching

10. Big Three Academy  

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.bigthreeacademy.com/
Address7-G, Jalan Puteri 2/2C, Bandar Puteri, Puchong, 47100 Selangor. 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone+60 12-666 6607
Emailbigthreeacademy@gmail.com
Operating HoursMonday-Friday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Weekends Closed

With the goal of educating young, passionate people and fostering Malaysia’s drinking culture, Big Three Academy has evolved into a cafe and academy that specializes in courses and training. In 2019, Big Three Academy received HRDF’s (Human Resources Development Fund) certification as a registered training provider.

Key Differentiators:

  • Course and workshop available
  • Reasonable price
  • High quality products

Customer Testimonial:

“Recommended to attend this class after having your own coffee machines. 5 stars. Good good.”

Terry Yap Yong Pin

11. Reframe Coffee Roasters

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/reframecoffeeroasters/
Address72-1-52, Arena Curve 11950 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 12-593 3572
Emailcontact@reframecoffee.com
Operating HoursDaily 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Reframe Coffee is made up of coffee enthusiasts that wish to give the final consumer a delicate service by bringing out the best in coffee. I get the impression that they are serious about the quality of the coffee because they served an uncommon flavor americano at a fair price. 

Key Differentiators:

  • Convenient location
  • Popular with locals
  • Expert baristas

Customer Testimonial:

“Definitely great taste of coffee and will try again. Cozy and simple interior make it a suitable hangout spot.”

Aziz Dulgani

12. Coffee Lane

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/Coffeelane2009/
Address435, Lebuh Chulia 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-226 3350
Emailpenangcoffeelane@gmail.com
Operating HoursDaily 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Coffee Lane provides coffee with a mild aroma and a delicious scent. Their baked cake was delicious and incredibly affordable. Service was provided very quickly, and the personnel was kind and knowledgeable about coffee beans, allowing them to accommodate any requests from coffee enthusiasts.

Key Differentiators:

  • Cozy atmosphere
  • Reasonable price
  • Excellent service

Customer Testimonial:

“Fantastic sensory coffee. Experts barista. Nice and cute coffee shop.”

Apichaya Theampetch

13. Coffee Affairs Roasters  

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/Coffeeaffairs/
Address21, Lebuh Bishop, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 12-433 0350
Emailcoffeeaffairsbishop@gmail.com
Operating HoursMonday-Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday

Coffee Affairs Roasters is a place to enjoy fine hand-poured coffee with a wide variety of bean choices; an Ethiopian cup has a flowery, sweet, and robust flavor. Additionally, their cake selection is amazing. They feature a rustic design with wooden tables and stools. There is a spotless outside space. At the counter, debit and cash are accepted. You definitely feel at home with the waiters and baristas.

Key Differentiators:

  • Cozy atmosphere
  • Great coffee
  • Expert Barista

Customer Testimonial:

“Nice coffee place with interesting croissant, decor well done. Worth resting feet.”

Win Tai

14. Budan’s Brew Coffeebar

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/BudansBrew/
Address441-G-4 Jalan Burma Pulau Tikus Plaza, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-217 0349
Emailbudansbrew@gmail.com
Operating HoursDaily 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM, Tuesday Closed

Hand and drip brew coffee are the specialty at Budan’s Brew Coffeebar. For those who don’t like coffee, there are also delicious breakfast alternatives and smoothies available. The owner and staff are amiable and communicative.

Key Differentiators:

  • Friendly staff
  • Great service
  • High quality products

Customer Testimonial:

“The best immersion coffee I ever had, the barista is ver knowledgeable and nice. Speciality coffee, tad expensive but worth it.”

Nysya Sya

15. Macallum Connoisseurs

Key ServicesBarista Malaysia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/Macallum/
Address1 Gat Lebuh Macallum 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-261 3597
Emailvince@macallumcoffee.com
Operating HoursDaily 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Good meals and excellent coffee may be found at Macallum Connoisseurs. For those who prefer to brew coffee at home, freshly roasted coffee beans are also offered. They have a “small meals” option if you just want a quick nibble with your coffee. The food is decently priced. Their interiors are roomy.

Key Differentiators:

  • Reasonable price
  • Cozy atmosphere
  • Excellent service

Customer Testimonial:

“Nice place to chill~ Food are good.”

Chunket Chin

Barista Malaysia

Malaysia is quickly becoming a coffee mecca, with an ever-growing number of cafes and barista experts. If you’re looking to learn more about coffee or improve your skills behind the espresso machine, these are the 10 best places to do so in Malaysia. With courses available for all levels of interest and expertise, there’s something for everyone

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