Just Want Coffee (JWC) was established in 2009 in the form of a small and humble coffee shop in Permas Jaya, Johor Bahru and has since expanded into various outlets serving similar food and coffee. It has been one of my favourite cafes since I started my cafe-hopping journey a few years ago, paying regular visits to the shop in Permas till it eventually closed down and I had to travel further to Mount Austin to visit The Factory 30.
You definitely have to use Google Maps to locate this outlet. Just Want Coffee, The Factory 30, as the name suggests, is a refurbished factory thus it is surrounded by run-down buildings and containers.
Well, at least its outer walls are painted in a distinguishable red and its “Just Want Coffee” sign is humongous. The main entrance is the glass door on the left. Their door knobs are actually coffee filter holders. :O
The interior of Just Want Coffee (JWC), very cozy and spacious with two floors of dining area.
You can sit here too if you want to watch or chat with the barista.
Look up and you’ll see all these gunny sacks hanging from the ceiling. Don’t worry about them falling down on your coffee, these sacks are merely filled with shredded papers.
This is where Just Want Coffee (JWC) roasts their coffee beans. I can tell they’re very particular about the quality of their coffee, as they source for the best coffee beans and roast everything in-house, something very unique about The Factory 30.
Tomato Basil Mushroom Sausage Casserole (RM29.90 on weekends & RM27.50 on weekdays)
Basically, Just Want Coffee’s menu consists of “Just Bagel”, so all their dishes come with a bagel, salad and nachos with thousand island dip. I really like their thousand island dip, and if I recall correctly, it’s homemade.
Playing with cheese. 😛 The tomato casserole went really well with the bagel, but I felt that the taste of basil was not pungent enough (I usually like my tomato basil dish to be full of basil kicks). Beneath that heavenly egg and cheese layer, are mushrooms and sausages which tasted alright.
Pesto Crusted Chicken Sandwich (RM29.90 on weekends & RM27.50 on weekdays)
Pesto is a sauce originated from northern Italy, and traditionally consists of garlic, basil, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. The white dip (I believe it’s cheese) in the middle went really well with the chicken.
The chicken is fried to perfection, very crispy, juicy and tender. It is also not too oily like the ones from KFC/MacDonalds, where you can visually see oil dripping out of the chicken whenever you take a bite. Their pesto was a bit on the salty side but overall a good dish.
Chocolate Passion Fruit Tart (RM12.90)
For dessert, I ordered the chocolate passion fruit tart which was launched recently for the new year. Just Want Coffee (JWC)’s signature dessert is their tiramisu, but I didn’t quite like it as it tasted very different from authentic tiramisu, and it is served frozen so it was more like an ice cream.
I really enjoyed this latest addition though, the middle layer of chocolate has great texture and the correct sweetness, well balanced by the slightly sour passion fruit sauce hidden beneath the chocolate layer. However, the tart shell didn’t stick well to the chocolate layer and fell apart, probably due to the addition of the passion fruit sauce in between.
Cappuccino (RM9.00 or RM5.00 when ordered with a bagel set on weekdays)
The coffee at Just Want Coffee (JWC) really makes me yearn for more coffee. Definitely one of my favourites in JB. One of their barista, Lucas has clinched awards in world latte art competition before so if you’re lucky, he’ll be your barista of the day. For aspiring baristas, JWC also has a coffee academy that conducts basic coffee course and latte art course. I have attended their short course in which Lucas was my co-teacher and I highly recommend their courses. 🙂
Iced Rose Tea (RM12.00)
I wasn’t in the mood for coffee so I decided to order their rose tea, hoping it won’t be just be a plain teabag in a cup. This turned out to be a pleasant surprise, fragrant and not too sweet, how refreshing.
And of course, I had to do a pour shot. 😀
Overall, I really like their innovative concept of transforming a ramshackle factory into a cafe, which deviates from the norm in JB cafe scene. Despite the limited array of food, the quality of their bagels and coffee were much better than the average cafe food, rendering it one of the must-visits in JB.
Just Want Coffee (JWC) The Factory 30
30, Jalan Mutiara Emas 5/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Tel: +607 350 7508
Mon to Sun: 12pm – 12am