Garage 51 at Bandar Sunway and St Ali (from Melborune) teamed up today for a Coffee Masterclass and a cafe take over. The cafe take over by St Ali’s is a two-day event on the 13th & 14th of May 2015 from 11 am – 2 pm. When Garage 51 first opened its doors, it was sort of in the middle of nowhere amidst a sea of car and tyre workshops; you might even dismiss it as one of the many workshops in the area.
Inspired by the surroundings, Garage 51 incorporated chairs-transformed-from-big-oil-cans, metals and raw concrete, creating industrial chicness that’s one of a kind.
The lofty section upstairs was where the Coffee Masterclass was held today; conducted by Matt Perger from Melbourne’s St Ali. Matt’s a barista, roaster, cupper, 2012 World Brewers Cup Champion who knows coffee inside out and talks everything coffee; while St Ali has been named the world’s best coffee cocktail maker at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo in 2014.
Three types of coffee intensities (same coffee, but different strength) were laid out on the table and hot water was poured in.
After 3 minutes of waiting, a foamy crust was formed which was then removed so it won’t affect the cupping.
Aroma was the first to be sampled, followed by the sampling of all three coffees with different intensities.
We all SLURPED a spoonful of coffee because that is THE way to sample coffee during cupping. Matt told us to do it
unmannerly as loudly as possible so the coffee gets aerated and atomized. Typically the sip of coffee is supposed to be spitted out, but it’s not like we are going to be tasting 500 cups of coffee so we all just drank it. It was the medium and the light coffee that were able to bring out the delicateness and acidity of the coffee while the strongest coffee just had bitterness as that was its inherent character.
Barista at work.
And voila, one of Melbourne’s finest coffees was right in front of me !
Great coffee always comes with great food. Garage 51’s brunch menu is served from 11 am to 6 pm; while there’s a different menu after 6 pm. The fluffy couscous with succulent chicken piccata was delightful (RM 25); and when topped with a crispy poached egg that was yolkporn-worthy, the ensemble was a striking pleasure.
The salmon croissant sandwich with avocado salsa, hard boiled egg was a simple treat (RM 26).
As for the cake, it was a sensational, three-layered banana cake with cheesy layers in between topped with coconut flakes. It was full of texture; while bits of raisins and pineapples cohered the overall fruitiness of the cake.
Garage 51’s facade is all painted with funky murals. And with all those cars parked outside, “garage” seems pretty literal huh !
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Address : 51 Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya.