Starting a new kind of Cult: Kafeculture
Connecting Indie & Coffee Lovers Everywhere.
If you’ve been following my Instagram page (@fienuts), you would probably have seen my latest project which involves a lot of drinking and eating in cafes. First of all, I love coffee and I need a cup in the morning to wake all my senses before anything else happens. Otherwise, it can be a challenge to be around me (haha).
Weekends are the best time to hop around the cafes for good coffees or brunch and this is where I had a thought. Since I’ve always been supporting the indie (short for independent) coffee and cafe scenes in Kuala Lumpur, this would be a good compilation for like minded people.
After all, the past few years have seen a growing number of people who are exploring their financial independence through creative businesses. This includes jewelry, fashion wear, ice cream shops and unique snacks. This has proved to be enriching as it inspires a lot of behind-the-scene creative thinking.
Introducing an indie cult. The good kind.
Because of the year long love for this scene, I’ve started @kafeculture on Instagram, posting indie cafes which aims to connect coffee and cafe lovers around the world. The first installment will begin in Phnom Penh, where I’m currently based, followed by other cites around the world. There’s just too many good places to eat and have coffee!
The word “kafe” means cafe in the Malay language. I adopted this since there’s been a growing number of people who love to go to cafes that are not ‘mainstream’ or branded. I love that I can go to a new cafe and admire their rustic decoration as it shows how much thought, effort is put into making the whole business.
Of course, the menu has to be unique as well and delicious. No point for interesting decoration if the cake is too doughy or the coffee is too diluted. I’m sure coffee lovers would agree to this. My preference for good places depends on
- Ambience (the hipster the better)
- Unique furniture
- Delicious food
- Good coffee
- Reliable Wi-fi connection
- The crowd
At Will’s you can have brunch all day. I love that there’s a private area if you want to get some work done, an outdoor space and more chit chat area upstairs. Their coffee comes from Mondulkiri and tastes A+ for me. ☕️ House #7, Street 360, BKK1, Phnom Penh 🕗 7am-8pm #kafeculture #cafes #instacafe #instacoffee #coffeegram #brunch #phnompenh #cambodia #food #instafood
Matchart Cafe has floor to ceiling display of books & fashionable items. Their speciality is green tea drinks and mochi desserts. I love that you can grab a book, read it quietly with a glass of iced macha frappe. 🍵#38EO, Street 178, Phnom Penh 🕗 8am-830pm #kafeculture #greentea #desserts #phnompenh #cambodia #instafoodkh #instafood #cafes #ocha #tealovers #cafescene #instacafes A photo posted by kafeculture (@kafeculture) on
One of best coffee I’ve had in Phnom Penh and this is why I keep returning here! They roast their own beans too. Friendly staff with good portion of food. Good place to spend breakfast of brunch. ☕️ 79 (beside Greenwood Hotel), Street 136, Phnom Penh 🕗 8am-8pm #cafe #coffee #phnompenh #cambodia #brunch #instafoodkh #food #igers #coffeegram #instacoffee
Promoting good businesses everywhere.
The compilation works both ways, for customers and business owners, especially for newly opened places. If anyone has good places to share, tag us or #kafeculture so that we can pass on this love to the world. Just bear in mind though that usually if I have a not-so-good experience while in a cafe, I usually don’t feature or talk about them. It’s a personal ethic when it comes to supporting these business owners. If you’re a business owner and would like us to drop by for a cup of coffee or a chat, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We’d be more than happy to see what’s roasting (coffee beans I mean) and cooking.
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About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.