Malaysia / Johor Bahru
Faculty of Caffeine is located just across the straits in Johor Bahru, within walking distance from City Square Mall. This cafe is extremely photogenic, dressed in "dungeon" style with dark coloured interior, quite similar to Ronin in Singapore.
Recently it has been the hip thing to cross the borders over to our beloved Neighbour - Johor Bahru to cafehop. It is no wonder with such a good exchange rate this days. The price on the menu is the same as in Sg, but in a different currency. Yet, the taste and quality is not any less, hence one will find it more value for money.
Also, with a cafe scene booming fast in JB, avid cafe lovers flock there to discover something unique, hopefully a different experience than what they would usually have in Singapore.
INTERIOR & AMBIENCE
I really like how the natural light from outside contributes to the aesthetic of the cafe, creating powerful shadows and highlights for the picture naturally.
FOOD & DRINKS
We can't resist the temptation of the big breakfast here. As you can see, the portion was substantial and there was nothing to pick on about this dish really. We cleaned off our plates almost immediately.
Out of curiosity, I ordered a Salted Caramel Affogato which is apparently FOC's specialty drink. I would like to believe something went very wrong the day I ordered it. They literally spammed the sea salt and with the saltiness it heightened the bitterness of the espresso and neither the ice cream nor the caramel sauce made it any better. Apart from it looking perfect for the cam, there is no other reason why I would order this again. I did have quite a few mouthfuls though - to figure out why it tasted so strange.
The coffee here was fortunately good though. Maybe it's the right thing to always stick to the basics.
Overall, FOC was a good experience and the staff was also friendly. If you are up for a shop day trip to JB, don't be afraid to venture out of the mall and pop by this cafe for a nice, affordable cafe experience.
Faculty of Caffeine
106, Jalan Trus
Mon-Sun: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Photographed with Sony Cyber-shot™ RX100 III