Interview with LS Yip, Founder of Beans Depot
In my search for the best beans, I often get myself attached to a coffee farm as part and parcel of my coffee journey. One time I was on a mountain that’s 1400 meters above sea level in Chiangmai, Thailand, where all the resources are limited and precious. Looking at the condition of the host family for sharing their best facilities with us, my heart feels warm. After a long day of work on the farm, I tried to bath in a 15 square feet bathroom with cold water under the temperature of 15 degrees Celsius in the air. It was a life time experience which I’ll remember forever.
What’s the worst part of your job?
Whenever I’m away from Beans Depot and need a caffeine fix, I go to Tossed Café in Jaya Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya where they serve fantastic food too.
What’s one of the scariest things you’ve seen behind the scenes?
I have nightmares about finding corn in a sack of coffee beans: that’s pretty scary to me.
A day in the life of a barista is…
What do you do for fun?
Play games on my handset.
What’s something you’d like guests to know about Beans Depot?
Beans Depot is a “playground,” “dreamland,” “laboratory,” “café,” “lounge” and “training/tuition centre” for all coffee aficionados. You get to play with different brewing equipment, fulfil your desire as a barista or bartender, experiment with a signature blend of your own, have a cuppa or alcoholic drink and practice your barista/coffee brewing skills here. We specialize in coffee bean roasting and coffee cocktails, and we’ve been featured in famous cuisine magazines.
Berries Galore with cappuccino.What’s your view on the Kuala Lumpur coffee scene?
We’ll be soon relocating to a bigger shoplot with an extended kitchen to facilitate a better food menu.