HAB SPOTLIGHT #08: MELAU

Melau, 34, Founder of Coffee Bar n0. 1438

“Always stand on your own two feet. Be confident and be passionate”

1. Briefly introduce about you and what you do for a living?

Hi, my name is Firdaus Rosli or mostly known as Melau. I am 34 years old. I was born and raised in Johor. I once worked as Barista in Singapore. As the pandemic Covid 19 in Singapore turn worst, I decided to quit working and return to Malaysia. I start hunting for a job to earn money for a living. One of my friends suggested opening a street coffee stall and he was willing to help me run the business. The name Coffee Bar “n0. 1438” was inspired by my home address.

2. How do you get into coffee? Since when?

I have been working as a barista for more than 10 years. I eventually fall in love with the coffee, and it makes me want to know more about coffee. My longest experience working as a barista was in Starbuck Malaysia and Singapore.

3. How do you compare the coffee scene from the last 10 years and today?

People’s recognition for the local coffee brand is hard to be seen for the past 10 years, especially among youngsters. They are more familiar with strong brands like Starbucks. I can see that the local coffee scene only starts to grow and more accepted since the pandemic outbreak period in Malaysia and the market has started to rise significantly. People started to explore more on coffee. This has eventually increased people’s interest in making and buying coffee.

4. What makes Kopi 1438 different from others?

For me, the difference between our  coffee bar and the other local coffee shop is that we own a unique taste. We focusing on Arabica coffee. Arabica has been divided into two types which are single-origin and house blend. Another uniqueness of Kopi 1438 is the process and method of making coffee.

5. Where do you see yourself in next five years?

In the next five years, I want to be a big supplier for all coffee shop in Malaysia. I am also targeting to enhance my brand recognition by participating more public events and become one of people favourite coffee shop in Johor. For now, I am focusing to sustain and improve the quality of the coffee and retain good relationship with all the customers.

6. Any words for people who love or into coffee?

My advice for people who love or into coffee is not be scared to do a try-and-error and always continue to gain knowledge about coffee. For starters, I recommend you understand the basic about the coffee machine, types of beans and what suitable method to make coffee for your target market. The most important things are the passion to learn about coffee.