Just Caffe, George Town, Penang
Run by a bubbly young team of passionate foodies, Just Caffe combines excellent coffee, with simple western fare, value for money prices and, an ethos of doing good.
Located in George Town in a rare position by the coast, seating outdoors benefits from a gentle sea breeze and, a takeaway order can easily be taken to the waterfront, where you can watch the rock fisherman try their luck or muse on life as the boats bob by.
|Grab a cup to take away and enjoy your java by the sea|
Just Caffe’s interior is bright and happy with occasional plants greening the space. A wall message saying that 10% of profits go to Far East Ministries (who help over 650 children inside and on the border of Burma) lifts our spirits.
|Drink Coffee for a Good Cause|
Owner Kelvin, tells of being inspired by international travel but strongly uninspired by academia and the strong pressure to study in Asia where only a few are seen as successful (those with the top grades). He wanted something that he was passionate about and where he could contribute positively to the community.
Starting the business with a friend, he claims they studied at the school of YouTube and graduated from the university of Google. Self educated by the Internet and hours of hands on experience, trial and error, and persistence has carried the café to where it is today – a popular place anytime of day with a reputation in Penang for serving some of the best coffee on the island.
A simple menu of paninis, salads, pastas, wraps and desserts support the beverages. We try a couple of dishes from Just Caffe’s Hall of Fame. Veggie Lover Panini (RM10), Pesto Pasta (RM12) and the House Salad (RM10).
The House Salad is mix of red and green lettuce, rocket, green peppers, grilled chicken, black olives, tomato and home made dressing – red wine and balsamic vinegars, garlic and oil. A generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese showers the top. The dressing is delicious and the ingredients fresh. We can’t believe the price. It’s a steal!
The spaghetti in the Pesto Pasta is cooked perfectly al dente. Slices of chicken, black olives, a pesto sauce and oodles of grated Parmesan complete the dish. Again, we find our tummies and wallets both very satisfied.
Eggplant, green capsicum, lettuce, cheese and pesto fill the Veggie Lover Panini. Toasted and lightly crunchy on the outside, but soft within, it proves another comforting and pleasing item.
|Veggie Lover's Panini|
The reason however, I first heard about Just Caffe was because of their coffee. A fellow aficionado recommended the place, raving about the quality of brew. Just Caffe uses espressolab’s House Blend of fresh roasted coffee beans. My Café Latte (RM8) is well executed and a fine competitor for recognition in my list of quality cups.
Hubby has been caffeine free now for a number of months, so orders the Iced Vanilla Milk (RM9). It’s simple and cooling and, leaves a huge grin of childhood on his face.
|Iced Vanilla Milk|
We feel happy here. The ambience is cheery, the staff happy and, the food and beverage excellent value for money. Just Caffe is a gem on the edge of George Town worth seeking out.
Reasons to visit: excellent coffee; good value for money; light western lunch menu.
52 Green Hall Road
(opposite Segi College)
+6 04 261 2433
Open Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Saturday 11am – 10pm
Sunday open 11am – 5pm