The coffee lover's paradise is Kluang.

The coffee lover’s paradise is Kluang.

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The coffee lover’s paradise is Kluang.

The word “Kluang” hails from the word ‘Keluang’ which is a large bat that devours durian flowers and fruits such as rambutan “rambai” (Baccaurea motleyana) and others. At nightfall, a herd of bats flocks out from their nest, looking for their staple diet. Those countless bats are believed to be confined to a hill called Gunung Lambak. Farmers were perplexed about how to get rid of this pest. Ultimately, they consult a witch to perform a ritual at the foot of the hill to chase away the bats from returning to their orchards.

Why Kluang is famous for coffee addict drinker 

Kluang town lies in the heart of Johor state. There is a railway station built by the British in the 1900 era to transport agricultural products like coffee beans, rubber, timber and daily consumer goods between the Malaya settlements.

When the British came here to clear the jungle for rubber plantations, their habits of high tea drinking with a cup of cuppa or tea during the morning and afternoon break. Their office staff and family members accompany them during recess time.

The coffee lover’s paradise is Kluang.

Since there is a huge demand for coffee cafes, the cafes mushroomed like flowers after the rain. 

Today, there are more than 600+ coffee shops in a town with a population of slightly over 300,000. You will find a coffee kiosk in every row of the shop lot.

The shop is the whole house anytime, especially during breakfast during the weekend. You can hardly find a seat vacant. The drinkers don’t mind waiting for half an hour just for a cup of their cuppa. Patrons are drinking 3 cups in the morning at one go of the Malaysian famed” Nasi Lemak” wrapped in a banana leaf.

“Boss , give me a cup of “Kopi cham” with a slice of “roti Kahwin toast” more “Kaya” please.” A lad gives an order. High tea will not be complete without a cup of hot brew coffee.

The coffee lover's paradise is Kluang.
The coffee lover’s paradise is Kluang.

The coffee lover’s paradise is Kluang.

Usually, the patron prefers steaming coffee with two half-boiled farmer’s eggs or organic eggs, fried noodles, or mee siam wrapped in a banana leaf. Inside, you get a few anchovies, a quarter of boiled egg, two slices of cucumber, and hot and spicy sambal. Of course, some prefer a hot cup of tea with the same cookies.

From there onwards, they can freely talk, discuss, or even gossip about any topic under the sky, from politics to the high cost of living and inflation. Customers sit for hours with their close buddies until office hours or go home for lunch. A very casual lifestyle like the Frenchmen, except they sit outside the big camera or canopy displayed on the walking path. 

Since they are regular patrons, the shop assistant would serve their hot steaming coffee without being asked. Indeed, life is casual on most orchards or old palmer smallholders, with a lot of leisure time on hand after the morning routine to inspect the farm.

The coffee lover’s paradise is Kluang.

Life is so stress-free and fun that most inhabitants live to a ripe age of 80, which is the norm here. They die peacefully in their sleep because their coffee drinking habits range from one to three cups daily. 

Most z generation prefers coffee with high tea and cookies in the air-conditioning. They can sit the whole morning to afternoon ordering drinks from one cup after another. Life has changed their lifestyles tremendously. 

On your next visit to Kluang, please ensure you have ample time to explore your favourite cafe and drink to your heart’s content. 

If you failed to do so, it indicates you have not visited Bat Town. 

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