My cup runneth over…

Are you one of those who would need a cuppa to start off your day? I am. I simply must have a cup of nice, black coffee in the morning to get me going. When I was growing up, my mum would brew a big pot of coffee for everybody and a pot of Chinese tea for my father and we would be drinking that throughout the day. Then when we dropped by my grandma’s house in the kampung, there would surely be a pot of coffee on the table too and if there wasn’t enough, they would brew some more and all of us would sit down for tea.

I don’t know where they got their supply of coffee powder from in the early years but I do know that eventually, they would get it from this small shop…

Mui Hock Sibu

…by the side of the now closed-down Palace Theatre building in the town centre.

What I was told was that they would roast the beans in butter, Golden Churn no less, and that would explain why their coffee would always be nicer than any elsewhere. They did confess that because butter has become so expensive these days, they are now forced to mix a little bit of margarine but there still must be butter or the coffee will not be so nice.

I bought a kilo for my friend, Mandy, when she was in town and for some unexplained reason (probably they sealed the plastic bag when the powder was still hot – they used freshly-roasted beans that day, you see), the bag expanded and looked as if it was going to explode. Mandy took a pin and pricked a hole in the bag and everything was all right after that. However, her hotel room was filled with the fragrance of the coffee and according to her, she slept so well that night – probably, it was like some kind of aroma therapy and that accounted for her sleeping very soundly till morning. She and her parents loved the coffee – she said that the coffee was not very black, quite unlike the usual they would find there but it was so very fragrant and they loved it a lot.

My friend who came not too long ago also bought a kilo home and he said that when he took his bags out of the overhead stowage compartment in the aircraft, the fragrance filled the whole cabin and he could not wait to brew some for breakfast the next morning. In his own words, he called it “Sibu’s best coffee”!

I do not know what type of coffee beans they are but for one thing, it does not come cheap – RM32 a kilo for the very best quality…

Coffee beans 1

The man did say that the RM20 a kilo one would be just as good…

Coffee beans 2

…but I have not got down to trying it yet. The beans look a lot darker so I wonder if the coffee would be darker too.

You can buy the beans or you can ask them to grind them into powder for you using this machine…

Coffee grinding machine

Then, they will pack it in plastic bags which they will seal with the equipment that they have and they will also stick their sticker on it…

Mui Hock coffee powder

My cousin who was in town as well also bought a kilo or two when she was here not too long ago. She thinks the one that she usually gets from some place in Kenyalang Park in Kuching  is the best in the state capital…but the one from this shop in Sibu is “a little bit better”.

So if you’re a coffee lover and you happen to be in Sibu, make sure that you stop by to get some of the coffee to take home. I assure you that you definitely will not regret it.