They say looking at greenery is good for your eyes, or at the very least, good for the soul. They also say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and whether or not that’s true, it’s definitely the meal that I most look forward to the most. To me, nothing beats having a great breakfast while enjoying greenery; add a good cup of joe to the mix and you’ve got a downright unbeatable experience right there.
The first morning of our Kuala Lumpur trip was spent at Sentul’s D7 building. Located in the heart of the city, the officepark’s courtyard is an urban oasis with its lush greenery winding all the way to the floors above. Built into the floor were outdoor seating areas where you could sit back, relax and bask in the morning sunlight with a cup of coffee from the shop across the yard.
We were the first ones at Three Little Birds that day, D7’s resident coffee shop and one of the pioneering forces in the city’s third wave coffee scene. Three Little Birds is the brainchild of the acclaimed Artisan Roast, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most prominent coffee roasters whose facility resided next door. The shop itself is simple, warm, and serves some notoriously delicious coffee with options from all over the world.
That day, the shop was featuring some nutty smooth Brazilian coffee, so that’s what we had in our latte and Americano. Alongside the coffee, I ordered some hot chocolate, a sandwich, a Darjeeling chiffon, and a slice of lemon poppy seed cake. We came for the coffee, but the cakes definitely did not disappoint and were a sweet way to start a good day.
I asked Stephanie, the lovely barista, about the identity of the three little birds, to which she explained that were they were in fact the three business partners who opened the shop. Well versed in the art, science, and industry of coffee beforehand, the three little birds decided to open a coffee shop of their own. The shop was opened about two years ago, but the roaster has been around for a far longer period of time and has made quite a mark on Malaysian café culture.
Even after we left, it wasn’t the last we heard of Three Little Birds. Their chirping could be heard throughout the city where their name would be mentioned time and time again for their quality fare. Their coffee beans were also displayed and put to good use in numerous coffee shops we would visit on our trip. For coffee in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll want to stop by the shop that started it all.
Special thanks to lovely Stephanie for the warm hospitality.