3 September 2016


Throughout my trip, my ideas of a typical coffee shop were constantly challenged. First, I found your typical neighborhood coffee joint, then a great coffee shop in a food court, and now finally I found my ideas challenged yet again.

“What an odd place to find a coffee shop,” our Uber driver said, and I couldn’t have agreed more. Located in an industrial part of town, you would have thought it were just another warehouse if not for numerous the cars that lined up in front of it. The structure’s unassuming façade gave nothing away, yet however plain the exterior was, its interior was anything but austere.

The large metal doors gave way to the colossal coffee shop that was Bean Brothers. Far larger than any coffee shop I’ve ever been to, their baristas’ counter occupied the amount of space a normal coffee shop would. With its metal work, concrete floors, and rustic lighting, Bean Brothers had a charming unfinished look about it. Its upper level had a large hole in its floor right above the baristas’ work area that allowed people to peer in and admire the buzzing hive of coffee brewers down below from the seats surrounding the chasm.

At Bean Brothers, customers are given the choice between two house blends: Black Suit and White Velvet. Black Suit was a medium-dark blend of Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Ethiopian coffee with a chocolaty and nutty taste, whereas White Velvet was a medium roast blend of the same combination of origins from different areas that imparted fruitier notes. We ordered one of each in the form of two lattes and weren’t disappointed.

Aside from their stellar coffee, they had a great selection of salads, mains, and desserts. Their quinoa and peach salad was as beautiful to see as it was to eat, and their Earl Grey and chocolate tart was probably the best sweet treat I had on our trip. I daydream about it to this day.

I had the chance to chit chat with their lovely manager, Yvonne who explained that Bean Brothers originated in Korea and has several outlets there. They decided to bring their store to Malaysia and boldly chose to set up shop in a large warehouse in Damansara. Most of their customers were students from surrounding universities and local residents who found their way into Bean Brothers by word-of-mouth. I guess word travels quickly as people kept pouring in to the relatively new coffee shop that just opened in September of 2015.

Yvonne explained that here, they take their coffee very seriously. Every month, their head barista and head roaster would highlight two single origins that they considered worth sharing with their loyal customers. In the month of July, their head barista, J.B. chose Colombia Pedregoza while James, their head roaster, chose Ethiopia Idido.

Now, I like a latte as much as the next person, but there’s something to be said about coffee made well, appreciated on its own. The simple cup of Colombia Yvonne brewed leaned towards sweeter flavors like caramel and sugar cane that I so adored, and I suddenly, found myself enjoying coffee the way my father preferred it; plain and simple.

Before we left, Yvonne gave me a list of some of the coffee shops she thought were worth visiting. I thought that really represented the ideology behind Bean Brothers that no matter where you found yourself in the world, if you loved coffee, then you can find brothers anywhere.


Special thanks to the wonderful Yvonne! I’m so glad to have I met you and hope to see you again soon.


Address: Jalan PJU 3/50, Sunway Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-7733 5418
Opening hours: 11Am-10PM
Instagram: @beanbrothers_my
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mybeanbrothers/