Local Kopi

by David Wallace April. 10, 2020 335 views

BATU PAHAT, MALAYSIA: Ah the joy of kopi. Local style coffee, or kopi is best enjoyed in a traditional Kopi Shop. Here's small selection of shots from what was, a very quiet morning a few years ago.

Kong Heng kopi shop, taken from inside Cheong Wah kopi shop. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak Ektar 100

Kong Heng kopi shop, taken from inside Cheong Wah kopi shop. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak Ektar 100

Proper kopi shops will typically serve local kopi with a variety of styles abbreviated to short phrases such as kopi-o, kopi-c, teh-o etc. which once upon a time could be clearly and quickly shouted out over the hubbub of a busy kopi shop.

Cheong Wah kopi shop. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak Ektar 100

Cheong Wah kopi shop. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak Ektar 100

These days, life is a bit more serene in the old town centre of Batu Pahat, which features quite a number of traditional kopi shops. These are clustered around what I presume to have once been the major crossroads at the centre of town.

Cheong Wah kopi shop. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak Ektar 100

Cheong Wah kopi shop. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak Ektar 100

Kodak Ektar works well for these sorts of shots. It has a decent dynamic range and scans reasonably easily. I love the saturation, although the red skin tones are perhaps a little alarming.

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