10 December 2008

Taiping's Kopi 'O'... The Aun Tong Story...

Salam and Greeting.

Kopi 'O' or Black Coffee can be assumed as one of the favorite beverage in Malaysia. Although the main ingredients are the coffee beans, but the mixture is not the same as those branded brewed kind that are sold in high end cafe and the modern kopitiam shop. Furthermore, its dark black color does make it different if compared to the one sold in Starbucks or Coffee Beans.


Well, let us share with you the story of the Taiping Kopi 'O'. Some may know it but we bet many won't. It has got our attention because its factory has been identified as one of the earliest coffee factory in the country, and still surviving till this day.


The coffee is locally known as Aun Tong Coffee. It was started in 1933 by the late Mr. Tiah and a Malay man by the name Ahmad. Mr. Tiah has initially opened a coffee shop. His coffee was homemade and became a favorite back then.





And out of his expectation, lot of his customer prefers to come to his coffee shop to buy only his coffee mixture.




Thus, he has decided to open a coffee factory in Assam Kumbang. With the help of Ahmad creativity, they have designed the factory conveyor line by using only one unit of electric motor.
And miraclely, the motor used from the first day is still available and workable until today.



Mr. Tiah had created the original kopi 'o' recipe by using local coffee beans from Banting, Selangor. It is mixed with some sugar and few more secret ingredients. Thus, making it perfect Kopi 'O' mixture.


The coffee factory has been passed by Mr. Tiah to his son and now being managed by his grand son, Mr. Tian.



Nowadays, the coffee beans used are still from Banting with a mixture of other types of beans coming from Brazil and Indonesia. And still, what make it special are the same secret ingredients that were perfectly mixed by Mr. Tiah years ago.




Currently, the products from the factory include pure black coffee mixture, black coffee 3 in 1 premix and the latest addition to their product, the white coffee 3 in 1 premix.

They even decided to re-brand their name to become Antong Coffee.




Well, this has been our story on Aun Tong, the Taiping Kopi 'O'. Its time for a coffee break... with Aun Tong Kopi 'O' of course...

10 comments:

*lynne* said...

I'm not a major coffee drinker, apart from my ice vanilla latte from Coffee Bean once in a while, but I have heard that there is a brand of local kopi that's really good, maybe it's this brand? Next time I'm back in KL I'll keep a look out for it, maybe try the 3-in-1 version :) It should be better than the Nescafe one I occasionally buy :)

Taiping Heritage Cult said...

hey lynne,
I think this is the one that you are looking for.
Its taste, its smell is better than nescafe.

Cath J said...

Wah..that hard ahh to process coffee..Thanks 4 sharing..

Angel said...

First time viewing the coffee factory. The process of coffee making is not easy though.

The Owl said...

hi there, pls dont let this blog die... your last log is december 2008.. please continue wz your gud work..

Luqman Aziz said...

I'm waiting for the next entry ;)...

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ghazali said...

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david tiah said...

Oh my gosh!! this is my grandfathers coffee factory. im the other grandson. mr. tiah

ezun said...

Someone gave me this Auntung Kopi O.... I love it so much... but I cannot fin this brand in KL, I would like to ask how to order this Kopi O in KL? and actually my hometown is Bagan Serai...very near to Taiping