What a difference a year makes: When we first visited Artisan Roast at its Ampang birthplace, it was a secluded cathedral of coffee, with only three of us _ the barista and his two customers _ worshiping the short black on a weekend evening.
Fast-forward to February this year: The cafe relocated to a warm, welcoming venue in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, becoming an immediate hit, hailed for serving some of the most sip-worthy espressos the ringgit can buy.
Now, Artisan has accelerated its drive toward citywide domination with a sprawling space in Bangsar Village that's a crowd magnet even on a Ramadan afternoon, signaling how far this place has evolved from its Ampang roots.
Some of Artisan's soulfulness has evaporated in this mall, though its core identity remains intact in the friendly service, the brick-and-wood look and of course, the cakes and coffee.
Fans can now bring a little bit of Artisan's magic home with them, thanks to this coffee in a bottle _ hand-brewed iced latte made with espresso and Aussie organic honey.
The facts and figures: keep this RM11 latte cold and it'll keep for five days.
Antioxidant-rich red latte, with coffeemaker-brewed Rooibos tea.
Date of Visit: 2012-08-13