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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)
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It's slightly more challenging for those who're unfamiliar with the roads and around the vicinity so make sure you have your GPS with you!
Thankfully the place wasn't packed on a Sunday afternoon and my bf & I had no frills in settling down with our latte within minutes. First timers may get a little confused and helpless especially when there's no menu or any pricings - Papa Palheta works on a tipping basis!
I don't usually drink coffee but since there's just coffee and coffee only, I opted for Latte and love it! Love that I don't have to add anything and it's purely good on its own.
Papa Palheta will definitely come to my mind if I ever have to suggest where's good for a nice cuppa warm coffee but I personally won't specially make a trip down since it's a little out of the way.
We were somewhere in the area, thus my friend drove us down since I've been wanting to check this place out even though I'm not a coffee person. The only reason why I drink my coffee is when I need my caffeine to stay awake. Oops.
For first timers like me, it can be a little confusing finding your way and even ordering. The main entrance is in the back alley and when you step through the main entrance, there's a little strip of al fresco area. To which, when you walk to the end, you open a door to see two doors. One on your left and one on your right. And if you got a little distracted by the crowd and a little fascinated with the place (like me, again. Haha), you wont realise it's the door on the right which you need to go through to order your drinks. So luckily I've my friend. =p The room behind the door on the left is the roasting room.
There's no menu, and we ordered:-
1) Latte - The latte was fragrant and nowhere bitter. I was able to finish it without adding any sugar.
It's definitely a place for good coffee and warm service. Note, coffee only. No food is served here. But it can get tricky if one is coming in a big group. And parking can be a problem too.
Papa Palheta works on a tipping system, so please tip with conscience! It was kinda sad to see a couple paying just $5 for two cups of coffee. And you know they know they're underpaying cause the half of the couple who went to pay had a reluctant and guilty face. (^^lll)
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