We are the PIONEER with the MOST QUALITY WORKSHOPS conducted since 2006!

Getting started to learn, make and serve great coffee at your home or office!

Join this fun “coffee talk” workshop to demystify the art and science of making gourmet coffee right in your own home or office! Learn valuable tips and simple techniques of brewing the perfect cup. Watch stunning Latte Art come to live and experience some hands-on making your own cup of Cappuccino or Café Latte! Be amazed by the flavourful cold and hot coffee drinks you can create to thrill your friends and guests.

  • Had enough of paying and drinking overly-priced, inconsistent bad coffee at cafes?
  • I don’t seem to be able to make a good cup on my own. What’s the secret?
  • Some people make coffee making sounds like rocket science. Can it be easily mastered?
  • Where and who can trust to truly help me learn to make a better cup?
  • Does the coffee academy in question have the track record and competence to deliver quality training?
  • Overly-priced, inconsistent, bad coffee at cafes cannot be warranted. There is no excuse not to make decent coffee and charge these prices.
  • You can learn to make quality consistent coffee on your own. There is no secret. You just need to know how.
  • Coffee making don’t have to be rocket science. Anyone can master the skills to make good consistent coffee.
  • The market is flooded vendors out there who is involve in coffee in the following areas: coffee roasting and supplies, cafe operations, coffee machine supplies, coffee training etc…but only a handful can truly say they are a one-stop-shop with a SOLID TRACK RECORD FOR CONSISTENCY.
  • With no obligation, Highlander Coffee can help you to address these challenges and more…
As a PIONEER in coffee education since 2004, our aim is to educate, empower and help coffee lovers experience good consistent coffee. Our workshops are passionately delivered with an emphasis on SIMPLICITY.
Highlander Coffee Quick Factfile: We are a Singapore pioneer in the gourmet coffee business established for more than 10 years (since 2004). Our cafe has been around serving coffee to new and regular customers for over a decade. Our coffee academy is reputed the longest standing educational platform reaching out to more people than anybody else in the WORLD! We now WHOLLY OWN a roasting plant producing coffee almost daily for both retail and wholesale! We are AVA (mandatory licence for wholesale supplies), Halal (whole plant) and NEA (our espresso bar) certified. We are currently one of notable home and commercial espresso machine importer distributor in the region for the VBM brand with keen repair and parts support capabilities.


SIMPLY SAID, WE UNDERSTAND COFFEE BETTER. You will BENEFIT from our dedicated team of REAL PEOPLE with extensive PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE and on a DAILY basis:-

  • ROAST coffee for retail (2006) and wholesale (2012)
  • DISTRIBUTE and SERVICE coffee machines (2004)
  • WALK the talk by OWNING a cafe and SERVE coffee daily (2006)
  • PIONEER in COFFEE TRAINING and probably conducted the most number of classes in the WORLD (2004)!

For the latest reference to the our coffee classes, please visit our Facebook page. For your information, all the coffees served produced at our Food Xchange production facility are AVA and Halal certified. Our espresso bar has been operating with an NEA licence renewed yearly over the last more than 10 years!

What Others Say…

 foown Who Should Attend?

Coffee lovers:-

  • Who enjoy their coffee and want to be more discerning of coffees’ nuisances
  • Who wish to improve their knowledge and coffee making skills at home or office
  • That want to kickstart their journey to becoming a coffee professional or those who aspire to start their own cafe in the future


Learning objectives of this 2 – 2.5 hours workshop:- 

  • Demystifying local “kopitiam” coffee
  • Brief history of coffee
  • Understanding what is coffee?
  • Factors to making that perfect cup
  • Discussion on taste subjectivity
  • Gain an understanding of what makes the perfect espresso, cappuccino and caffe latte
  • Demonstrations of the various home coffee brewing methods
  • Experience latte art come to life
  • Some hands-on fun!


Course Fee

  • SGD 98 (SGD 98.00 inclusive of GST) per participant.
  • Enquire now for your own group of minimum 5 up to 8 participants for a customised workshop now!
  • At this moment until further notice, we will not hold public classes from individual bookings.

Terms and Conditions

  • We require a minimum of 5 Participants (up to 8) to start a class. In the event that a particular class does not meet the minimum sign-up, we will notify the participants and reschedule the session to the next available slot.
  • Please note that upon payment, your place for the class is confirmed and no cancellation and refund will be entertained under any circumstances. However, postponement may still be allowed under certain circumstances at the sole discretion of Highlander Coffee Academy.

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Hi Phil, THANK YOU for the wonderful workshop last week and your patience for the last minutes changes.
ONG Kwei Chey

Technical Officer/Chemical Process Technology School of Applied & Health Sciences, ITE College East

…I would like extend our thanks to your team for conducting such a comprehensive and interesting workshop that managed to engage our students. The teachers who accompanied the students gave very good feedback about the content of the workshop. They also thought letting students see the factory and find out more about the workers who work in the factory was a good experience… Overall it was a good experience for our kids and everyone enjoyed the quality coffee very much!
Ms Clarissa Koh (2016)

Head (Sec 4/5), Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)

Thank you so very much for the excellent Gourmet coffee appreciation workshop. Many of my colleagues appreciate so much and learn the proper way of making coffee as well as having a deeper understanding of coffee…I have to thank u, great that all my participants enjoyed it very much 👍
Mr Teo Chin Heng

Senior Lecturer, Singapore Polytechnic (Electronics, Electrical Engineering Department)

Thank you for having us at Highlander Coffee & for conducting such an interesting workshop for us! We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly! Hope to be able to work with you guys again! Wishing Highlander Coffee great business ahead & continue to brew awesome coffee! God bless and take care!
Event Organiser

Bukit Panjang Methodist Church

Dear Phil, Cedric and team, We would like to express our deepest appreciation to you and your team for the wonderful workshop conducted on 21 Aug at Sembcorp. As soon as the workshop ended, we already heard raving reviews from our colleagues on how well the workshop was. We really like the way you engaged the participants by touching on topics close to their heart. It’s easy for anyone to share their knowledge and experiences, but I guess no one can do better in the way that you did it. We will remember the little secret on “apple cider” that you whispered openly to us, oh and also that we need to clean the “basket” in the group head of the group of the coffee machine every day to make good coffee.Hope we will have the opportunity to work together again. Thanks.
Mr Terry Lim

Assistant Manager, Sembcorp Development Ltd

Thank you very much for today Phil! My team really enjoyed the coffee appreciation session. Even though not all of them appreciate coffee, they enjoy how your session is not only informative, but also light hearted and filled with jokes. The final section of serving everyone with a drink of their choice, and seeing how they apply their knowledge by choosing their preferred version of coffee, is a very encouraging outcome. I will definitely recommend your services to others, and look forward to dropping by for a coffee in the near future!
Mr Kenneth Ong

Executive, DBS Singapore

Hi Phil! Heard from my colleagues that the course conducted by you yesterday was very engaging, sincere and fun!
They sang praises of the workshop and said that the kids and themselves had a really good time.
Thank you very much! I look forward to working with you again on future possible programmes smile emoticon
Ms Clarissa Koh (2015)

Head (Sec 4/5), Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)

Good morning Phil First of all, we would like to thank you for the very informative and interactive Coffee Appreciation Workshop conducted for our employees early this month. Our employees have given very positive feedback on the Workshop and not only did they enjoy it thoroughly, they have also picked up extended knowledge on coffee…Thank you so much!
Ms Irene Kang

Inchcape Group, eLexus and Toyota Service Department Team Building Night

Thanks Zeeya and Phil for the assistance and all! Our participants certainly had good words to say of your workshop. Appreciate you and your team’s efforts, may you continue to spread the love of coffee and its appreciation in Sg.
Mr Tang Kai Him

Singapore Refining Company Pte Ltd

It was great experience that we had the coffee appreciation workshop with you in April this year. We received a lot of the participants feedback that it was good. Thus we would like to organize another round in September.
Ms Lynn Liu

Ernst & Young Solutions LLP

Dear Phil/Cedric, On behalf of the Protiviti Singapore team, I would like to say a big Thank You to the Highlander crew! From logistics and coordination down to the minute details, to conducting a highly entertaining and yet informative session on coffee (be it local kopi, coffee from the big green logo, brew of the day and many more!) , you have done a very good job there and we all enjoyed our time at Highlander Cafe immensely…Lastly, I would also like to thank Zya for her prompt follow-up. We will help spread the word about the Gourmet Coffee Appreciation workshop that Highlander Cafe conducts!! Thanks & Regards,
Ms Elisa Seah

Protiviti Singapore

Hi Joyce, Thanks for reminding me and reserving a place for me at the Highlander coffee workshop. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and learned a whole lot about drinking coffee. I’m especially proud of the two Ho brothers. I consider them national treasures. You can tell that they have a great passion for what they are doing. They conducted the workshop with such simplicity and sincerity, dishing out every piece of nugget with so much love and professionalism. I really walked away from this workshop thoroughly enthused with what I heard and learnt. I now know where to go for my favourite beverage. Thanks again for your effort, Joyce. Sincerely


Hi Phil and team! On behalf of my division, I would like to thank you again for the awesome workshop conducted by Highlander last Friday! We certainly did learn a great deal about coffee and in particular, the contents of our local coffee! I believe the local cafes will see less of my colleagues’ patronage in the future. haha!…We look forward to visiting the Highlander cafe soon for an authentic brew of the beverage! 🙂


Thanks for a great session!
Chen Mei Chuen (Ms)

Senior Assistant Director, Ministry of Education

That was a very engaging session…we have not laughed so hard for a very long time!
Ms Janet Toh

Human Resource Department and colleagues, Monetary Authority of Singapore

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What is the course duration and fees per participant?
  • Course duration is 2 to 2.5 hours.
Please provide more details of a customised coffee workshop session for a group of people.

Over the years, this workshop has evolved to become an ideal session for one of organisations’ choice of team building activities. It engages participants with a high level of interactivity such as quizzes, coffee tasting and sharing of real life experiences. For those in the group that are highly enthusiastic, we can facilitate hands-on latte art coffee making during the later part of the class.

You may wish to know that Highlander Coffee is one of the very few in the market that is willing to bring a live coffee station to you complete with commercial equipment and accessories for the session to be so experiential and real. Our seminar is guaranteed engaging with lots of live demonstrations and Q & A. Every paying participant will get to sample various specialty coffees and each attendee will enjoy a coffee beverage of their choice at the end of the seminar.

The customised workshop of up to 8 persons can be held at:-

  • 49 Kampong Bahru Singapore 169362 (up to 8 participants)

For group enquiries, please contact us.

What is a typical Gourmet Coffee Appreciation Workshop content?

The learning objectives of this 2 to 2.5 hours seminar are:-

  • Demystifying local “kopitiam” coffee
  • Brief history of coffee
  • Understanding what is coffee?
  • Factors to making that perfect cup
  • Discussion on taste subjectivity
  • Gain an understanding of what makes the perfect espresso, cappuccino and caffe latte
  • Demonstrations of the various home coffee brewing methods
  • Experience latte art come to life
  • Some hands-on fun!
Are there any pre-requisites to attend this programme?
As long as you have an open mind and the willingness to learn, anyone can greatly benefit from this course. Coffee is not rocket science but we must have a solid grounding on coffee fundamentals before going in depth with the more advanced stuff. This is where the programme stands out!

If you do not have any background or very little knowledge in coffee, we strongly suggest you attend the Gourmet Coffee Appreciation workshop first. You may wish to then attend the Coffee Cupping Workshop where we share with participants how to taste coffee and learn about the coffee origins from the different continents. Lastly, you may choose to sign up for our Professional Intensive Hands-on Barista Workshop where you get to learn hands-on the art and science the preparing espresso beverages with the commercial espresso machine.

What is your background and track record? Who are your customers that have attended this programme?
As a PIONEER in coffee education since 2004, our aim is to educate, empower and help coffee lovers experience good consistent coffee. Our workshops are passionately delivered with an emphasis on SIMPLICITY.

We ARE most probably the LARGEST coffee academy in the WORLD; not only for the number of people we have taught, but also class frequencies and most importantly sensible fees!

Besides the tens of thousands individuals from the public, our past seminar clients include IBM Singapore, Port of Singapore Authority, Deloitte Consulting, Philips Singapore, Infocus Asia , ITE, NUSS, NTU Alumni Club, People’s Association islandwide community clubs, Qatar Airways, Tech Semiconductor Singapore, Oracle University, SAFRA, McDermott, Exxon Mobil, ACCA, UOB Call Centre, ST Kinetics, ST Engineering, Raffles Institution, Raffles Girls School, Victoria Junior College, Anderson Junior College, Beatty Secondary School, Fairfield Methodist Secondary School, Microsoft Singapore, Immigration and Customs Authority, NTUC Income, Ministry of Health, Hewlett Packard, Singapore General Hospital, Economic Development Board, Tetra Singapore, Work Development Agency, Microsoft Regional, Fuji Xerox, Imperium Solutions, Singapore Police Force, Nestle Professional, Givaudan, IFF Asia Pacific, Eminence, IPP Financial Advisers, Symrise Asia Pacific, Singapore Stock Exchange, Ministry of Education, JTC, Ernst & Young, SingTel…just to name a few!

The company has been featured by major media namely HER World, Berita Harian, The New Paper, The Sunday Times, MediaCorp Channel U, ZaoBao, IS Magazine, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, Asiaone.com, Business Times, The Straits Times, WoBao and Eight Days. Read more…

Do you roast your own coffee beans and does Highlander Coffee possesses the required food safety certifications?
We pioneered INSTORE roasting in Aug 2006 with a 3kg Diedrich from USA for our own use at our espresso bar and retail beans. This is a Singapore NEA approved practice. As we naturally progress to the wholesale business, we outsourced our roasting to an AVA approved 3rd party roaster. In Singapore, it is illegal to roast beans instore (NEA certification) and supply wholesale to other food and beverage establishments. See http://www.ava.gov.sg/explore-by-sections/food/food-manufacturing-storage-innovation/overview-of-food-establishments-in-singapore

As our wholesale business grew, it is only right we eventually become a AVA certified wholesale roaster and supplier. End 2012, we finally WHOLLY OWN a roasting plant; producing coffee almost daily for both retail and wholesale with AVA (2012) and Halal (2015) certification. Our roasting facility is located at Food Exchange, 28 km away from our espresso bar (NEA certified since 2006)!

How often are your beans roasted?
At our Food Xchange roasting plant, we roast almost daily or at least four times a week! If you don’t plan well, you are likely to boast about roasting every day! Do not forget you still need to take care of machine maintenance and packing of beans!
Where are your beans sourced from?
Our beans are sourced from all over the world namely South America, Central America in Africa and Indonesia.
Why are these beans special? Flavor?
They are special because each has its own characteristics to add complexity to the flavours our customers desire. Typically, they are citrusy, sweet, nutty, herbal, earthy, spicy and full bodied.
Favorite roast? How do you get this flavor?
Medium to medium dark roast or city to full city as some will call it. We find that within this degree of roasts, there is a good balance of sweetness, bitterness, body and acidity. Ultimately this is what our customers approve of and keep coming back for more.
Why is Highlander Coffee unique?
We believe making good consistent coffee can be easily available or taught to everyone to greatly improve the quality of our beverage experience.

To be available to everyone it must be simple to master for an individual, organisation or a commercial establishment. Coffee should easily be learned and not intimidating or overcomplicated.

Since 2004, Highlander Coffee is committed to making it simple for anyone to experience good consistent coffee by sharing, serving, and support of our in-house roasted coffees, espresso coffee machines and coffee training workshops.

For more than a DECADE, our VALUES have kept us focused to achieve steady and consistent GROWTH. SIMPLY put, we want our customers to continue recognizing us as ENDURING, DEPENDABLE and CREDIBLE.

We have established a broad customer base that either enjoys coffee at our espresso bar or who purchases beans to savour at home. Commercial establishments and offices trust our roasts to serve their coffee customers and employees.

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