At Rumah Kupi in Kangar, Perlis, your latte is served up with a piece
of nostalgia. Housed in a traditional Malay home on stilts, guests sip
on fresh brewed coffee by shuttered wooden windows overlooking a durian
On quiet days, owner Mohd Daniel bin Azizan would play host and give a
historical narrative about the design of old village homes. “The
traditional Malay house had minimal partitions to allow for good
ventilation,” he explained. “In fact, a lot of the designs was to
improve air flow, because people back then didn’t have the means to
invest in a fan.” The stilt structure, panelled windows, and gaps on the
floor all help to cool the house in Malaysia’s humid weather.
Such experiential journeys are what Tourism Malaysia hopes tourists
can discover through its Northern Malaysia Coffee Experience. Focusing
on the northern states of Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis, the new
tourism product also aims to spotlight both unique coffee-based
gastronomy and spa products.
Rumah Kupi in Kangar, Perlis serves up fresh brews in a traditional Malay home on stilts.
Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Zainuddin Abdul Wahab said,
“We are focused on improving the tourist experience following the latest
trends, especially for the 'millennials' who enjoy the café lifestyle.”
Beyond just chasing after the right cuppa, the Coffee Experience also
highlights one of Malaysia’s oldest coffee mills, Antong Coffee in
Taiping, Perak. Most machines in the factory date back to when it
started operating in 1933. Guests can see coffee beans roasted the
traditional way over wood fire stoves before they are mixed with sugar,
dried, crushed and then packed. But there is also another lesser-known
historical trivia to interest visitors. The mill was the former home of
the founding father of modern China, Sun Yat-Sen, and his romantic
partner, Chen Cuifen.
Spending time on a coffee farm could also give you insights on the
coffee culture in Malaysia. And visitors can do just that at Keda
Agrobiz, a farm in Kedah that cultivates coffee and sells coffee
seedlings. Guests can observe first-hand how the coffee fruit is
harvested, take part in tasting sessions and get insights on the farming
process and the local coffee industry.