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I heared of Papa Palheta awhile back when my friend D. recommended that I should try it, knowing that I'm quite a coffee addict. Well, today I had a chance when another friend decided that we should check it out after our Nasi Lemak breakfast at Adam Road.
Hard, but not impossible to find, Papa Palheta is just before the CTE exit along Bukit Timah Road. Turn into Hooper Road and park along the road. The entrance of the place is behind.
I love the cozy, living room, casual vibe of the place. Their primary business is to roast their own beans to sell but you can also order a great cup of coffee and yes, TIP what you want. It's recommended that you tip $3.50 but really, it's up to you. How's that for an honour system. The coffee is pretty good, almost on par with Highlander at Kampong Bahru Road which is still my favourite place for a cup. I thought the milk for my latte was a tad too hot but I also recognise that it's a matter of preference.
I also bought a bag of single varietal Guatemala Antigua for about $14 bucks. Looking forward to grinding it and trying it at home.
I recokon that the word will quickly get out about Papa Palheta and I look forward to introducing more friends to this little joint.
Interesting coffee joint – entrance is via a back lane, you walk past a few scattered seats in an open courtyard and go through door on right to the café. Seating in café is limited. We had latte and cappuccino. My personal favourite is the latte – smooth and balanced. The coffee flavor and aroma came through and was not overwhelmed by the milk. House roast was so well blended that there is no need for sugar. Couldn’t resist picking up a bag of house roast (S$15). By the way, Papa Palheta’s policy is that patrons drop whatever amount they feel that the coffee is worth in a glass jar on the counter. Definitely one of the better coffee places in town. Parking is extremely limited though.
I find my way to visit this place I read so much about but it is a disappointment. Here are my comments:
1) The tall black coffee was served in a transparent glass w/o handle; instead folded tissue paper was used to wrap around it. The tall black coffee is almost as strong as espresso. I thought it shouldn't be that strong.
2) As a place that sell coffee only, I expect their staff should be quite knowledgeable to provide good advice about coffee. When I asked about a package of coffee beans, the answer I had is: "Oh that is for espresso machine." I am not an expert in coffee, but I still find the answer a quite weird.
3) If not for its inconsistent service, I may not voted "Not Recommended" for this place. For all customers before me upon making payment, the staff at the counter will acknowledge with a thank you. I think this is a standard thing to do. But I was like a transparent customer to that staff despite I did look up to that staff when putting the money in the box. She has no response at all, just looking at me with a blank face. I walked out regretted that I had paid so much. Later that day, I bought things at neighbourhood stores for $1.8 and $2.5 only, both cashiers acknowledged with a thank you when least expected.
(note: no price for coffee, payment is by tipping)