Continuing our exploration into KK’s developing coffee scene, we find ourselves inside Perdana Park to find Inch Coffee, one of the longer running and more established shops in Kota Kinabalu.
While we were here, we treated ourselves to some fine coffees from around the world. As a multi-roaster concept, Inch is able to offer a variety of beans. While we were there, Artisan Roast Coffee Roasters, The Coffee Collective, and Norway’s Angora Kaffe we’re all being featured on espresso and brew bar.
The bar itself is impressive in terms of equipment, boasting a quad grinder setup and a T3.
If you’re not geeky about coffee equipment, the cafe itself is pretty sparsely decorated. But you really don’t mind because of its spectacular view of the lake at Perdana Park and the white cranes hanging out on its fountain. The location is also a stones throw away from Tanjung Aru beach, which faces west and — confirmed by a quick Instagram search — has a beautiful sunset view. We didn’t get to see the beach or sunset yet, but intend to check it out when we visit Inch Coffee one more time this week, before we leave Kota Kinabalu.
I had three cups of coffee, plus some snacks. Espresso and banana waffles were spot on. Delicious and a smart pairing! Slow brewed coffees were a little less intense than I usually prefer, which led to an interesting discussion with our barista, Nathan, about the local pallette in KK. My observation is that Malaysian dishes (such as bah kuh teh or laksa) that I have elsewhere, are generally less intense but more nuanced in KK. He confirmed that this is definitely what the local taste is like. On a tangent, this makes me wonder what the local KFC tastes like. KFC seems to be massive in this town!
Inch Coffee is located at:
Taman Perdana, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah