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#KajoPicks: Where to grab coffee to-go in Kuching?

Patricia Hului

First of all, you can easily grab your to-go coffee at any kopitiam (if you prefer good old local kopi) or the typical choice of Starbucks. Plus, you can go visit any of dozens of Kuching cafes, but most of them are not open until late morning or noon.

So what do you do when you really need that quick dose of caffeine from a specialty coffee in the morning?

For KajoMag, here are our favourite places specifically to go and grab to-go coffee in Kuching:

1.Black Bean Coffee & Tea

This list is not complete without a Kuching must-have for coffee love, Black Bean Coffee & Tea. It is known for our very own Sarawak Liberica which is one of the best coffee beans in the world.

Located at Ewe Hai Street, Black Bean Coffee & Tea opens at 9 in the morning – perfect timing for those looking for another cup of coffee after their early breakfast.

Looking for coffee beans to brew your own drinks at home? This is also the place for you. The staff is willing to help you select the perfect beans according to your taste.

If Kuching city centre is too far for you, they have another branch at Hock Seng Lee’s (HSL) new La Promenade Mall.

2.Tealive

You might think, “Why on earth is a bubble tea chain on this list?”

Honestly, the coffee range drink from this Malaysian boba chain is pretty underrated.

Their signature coffee, americano and latte drinks come hot or cold. Additionally, they offer seasonal promotions on their selected coffee beverages for only RM5 (without tax) from morning till 12pm daily.

However if you prefer Robusta or Liberica beans, this place is not for you. Tealive only offers 100 per cent Arabica beans.

3.Belalak Addicted Coffee

Have you heard of the Turkish way of brewing coffee? It is done by boiling very finely ground coffee.

Traditionally, the grounds left after drinking Turkish coffee are used to tell fortunes. The cup is commonly turned over the saucer to cool, and the patterns of the coffee grounds are used for fortune telling. For Potterheads out there, it is similar to tea-leaf reading or scrying in Harry Potter’s Divination class.

The best place you can find this type of brewing in Kuching is at Belalak Addicted Coffee, The Hills.

No, they don’t offer you fortune telling at Belalak Addicted Coffee. But they do offer a variety of coffee drinks with cute names.

Kopi Let is basically mocha, Kopi Pong is black coffee with palm sugar, Kopi Sus is latte and Kopi Kos is americano.

Besides these, they also offer non-caffeinated and ice-blended drinks.