Top Coffee Shops in Kuching
Top Coffee Shops in Kuching
by Thanis Lim
The food city of Kuching might be famous for their mouthwatering laksa and kolok mee but when in Kuching, one must certainly check out the coffee culture, which is gaining popularity with the social media savvy generation. While there are international coffee franchises in Kuching, there is a growing number of local artisan cafes. Here’s my top picks of cafes in Kuching.
Earthlings Coffee Workshop
Earthlings prides itself as not only a café that has internationally trained and certified baristas, but they also roast their own coffee beans and supply them to other local cafes in the region. You can choose from different blends for your lattes and cappuccinos but for the true coffee connoisseur, you will be happy to try their great selection of single origin pour-overs. It is the favourite place for many who enjoy a cup of coffee tailored to their liking. They have two branches but I prefer the branch at Soho East Hq. I would say they serve the best coffee in Kuching.
Sublot 16, Soho East Hq, Lot 188, Lorong 5 Jalan Wan Alwi, 93300 Kuching
Tel: (6082) 337 066
Open daily: 10am-11pm
Sukha is a cozy cafe with an unusual décor: tables are reconstructed from sewing machines, bicycle wheels hang from the ceiling and there are curious ornaments in each corner of the café. The coffees are up to standard but their café food is the main attraction. They serve very good chicken and waffles, crispy fried chicken served with their signature waffles, and gorgeous-looking caramelized apple waffles with apple slices arranged in a shape of a rose on top of the waffles. Be sure to try their famous nasi lemak !
Ground Floor, Lot 11963, Block 16, Brighton Square, Jalan Song, 93350 Kuching
Tel: (6082) 454 158
Open: 11am-10.30pm (closed on Wednesdays)
Black Bean Coffee & Tea Company
Located at the famous heritage Carpenter Street, this tiny café with a nostalgic feel showcases a unique style of coffee. Sarawak coffee beans, which is usually brewed the traditional way in local kopitiams are brewed here using espresso machines. Besides Sarawak coffee, they also serve coffees using arabica, liberica and robusta beans grown in Java and Sumatra, as well as premium oolong and green teas from Taiwan. You can enjoy a cup of coffee here after the touristy heritage walk along Carpenter Street.
87, Ewe Hai Street (Carpenter St), 93000 Kuching
(6082) 420 290
Open: 9am–6pm (Mon-Sat)
Coffee Factory is quite a drive from the city center, located next to a music store (owned by the same proprietor) and opposite an army camp. The spacious two-storey café showcases a bar-like set up on ground level with a loft-like setting on the first floor and a metal mezzanine floor. Reclaimed wood and metal garden chairs round up the décor of the place. They serve a good mix of Asian and Western dishes to go with the good coffee here. I like the idea of having a cup of latte while having a spicy nasi goreng served with chicken satay, and a delicious crepe cake as my happy ending!
JT Building, 7th Mile, Kuching-Serian Road, 93250 Kuching
Tel: (6082) 627 050
Open daily: 1pm–11:45pm (Mon) / 10am–11:45pm (Tues-Sun)
Rusty Bean & Batter
Sporting a vintage décor, you will notice the warm light bulbs that are scattered throughout the ceiling attached to vintage-looking pipes, and the rustic painted wooden furniture in the café. The café serves an all day breakfast menu: poached eggs, sandwiches, waffles, pancakes, and a good selection of coffee, juices and smoothies, all beautifully presented for your Instagramming pleasures.
M42/M43, Level 1, ST3 Shopping Mall, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching
Tel:(6019) 633 8866
Images by Thanis Lim