I had a very nice time out with my colleagues that night. We ate, drank coffee, played monopoly and enjoyed each other’s company at a gorgeous spot near the popular Jonker Street called Backlane Coffee. It was a Thursday evening, and the shop was not full unlike during weekends, which was completely fine by us, who appreciate the peace and quiet every now and then.
Backlane Coffee is established since late December 2014 by a young lovely lady called Shu Lin whom we heard is a trained barista from Australia. The shop is decorated in a heart-warming colour scheme that feels cosy, inviting and smells oh so good that I had the feeling that not only we were about to savour great cups of coffee, but also indulge in sinfully homemade baked goods.
The exposed brick wall of the café is adorned with antique items such as traditional clocks and old worn out maps, with glowing pendant bulbs that add a touch of elegance to the room. But most importantly, the cafe embodies the spirit of the location – vibrant and hipster-esque – in its design, menu served and the kind of patrons that walk in. With such charm, this perhaps could also become a good place to rest those feet after a long walk around Melaka UNESCO Heritage area.
We plonked ourselves half way between the white brick counter and the lounge area, just right in front of a huge bookshelf with plenty of interesting book and magazine titles. There are also board games for patrons to enjoy should they intend to linger around longer over their coffee. The team at Backlane Coffee, moreover, are friendly – they greeted us with a smile and happily served our hot beverages in pretty colourful cups with matching saucers.
Backlane Coffee’s house blend is an artful combination of Columbia, Java and Sumatra beans that are characterised by bright, bold taste that goes especially well with milk as in cappuccino (RM9.50) or piccolo latte (RM8.50). The body is well-balanced with undertones of pleasant earthiness and lingering complexity. This coffee also pairs well with the café’s homemade biscotti.
Should you prefer chocolate drinks over coffee, then you should try their iced dark chocolate (RM14) that is completely high in chocolaty goodness! On the same note, the café’s Mr. Owl ice cube coffee (RM12) is served in the most endearing way that it is worthy of a post on the Instagram.
Backlane Coffee also offers delicious macarons with local flavours like kaya, gula melaka and teh tarik that you most probably won’t find easily elsewhere. The Lemon Lime Meringue (RM13) and Chocolate Desire (RM13) are also divine on their own, but be mindful that these pretty mouth-watering desserts are cooked in small batches per day, therefore they may sell out faster than the time you would take to finish touring the Melaka UNESCO Heritage area.
So, if you find yourself near Jonker Street, do swing by at Backlane Coffee to order and drink great coffee, savour delectable confections, read a publication, play board games and watch passers-by. The joint is indeed perfect either for a quick fix or as an all-day hideout.
Opens daily from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.
Tel: +6 06 282 0542
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