There are few places in Singapore that are deeply passionate about their coffee. Highlander Coffee is one such venue. Founded by Phil Ho and Cedric Ho in early 2004, their goal is to “constantly evolve in providing coffee lovers a truly complete coffee experience in the form of quality coffee education, a range of freshest roasted coffee beans/machines/accessories and consistently serving a great cuppa at their coffee bar!” Their passion and dedication to both establishing the art of coffee in Singapore and propagating good coffee clearly shows, as Highlander was the first to conduct professional barista training, promote Latte art, and also the first to bring coffee appreciation/making workshops to the public. The coffee bar is a unique venue that combines a 15-seater café with showroom, training and roasting premise in the back. Highlander staff are all well-trained by brothers Phil and Cedric, and are exceptionally happy to explain brews or beans to curious customers.
A brew of new possibilities- A good cup of coffee – many would attest that it’s the only way to start off a new day. And as we set off on 2010, SingHealth has prepared a fresh brew of new possibilities to inspire better care. In our first issue of the year, me+SH looks at some of the initiatives planned to transform SingHealth into the largest academic medical campus in Singapore – from building larger and better specialist centres to developing new technology to benefit patients and staff. It’s all part of our passion. And when you’re passionate about something as much as we are, it’s easy to go above and beyond. Just ask Phil and Cedric Ho from Highlander Coffee. Sitting across SGH Campus along Kampung Bahru Road, Highlander Coffee is as passionate about coffee as we are about healthcare. As you push open the doors of the gourmet coffee house, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee welcomes you to your first true coffee experience. A quick look around the place reveals an establishment that’s small enough to be personal, yet spacious enough to exude a professional dedication to the fine art of coffee-making. Your coffee arrives, and you taste their passion – the same passion that saw them grow from two brothers conducting barista workshops to becoming THE place to go to for gourmet coffee and coffee-paraphernalia in Singapore. But don’t just take our word for it. A small sip of their coffee says more than we ever can.
But at cosy hole-in-the-wall cafe at Highlander in Kampong Bahru (not to be confused with Highlander Bar at Clarke Quay), brothers Phil, 42, and Cedric Ho, 34, mean business when they say they serve coffee. Their compact 30-seater shrouded in a heady haze of roasting beans is so warm and convivial that even customers who’ve gone on to open their own cafes remain regulars. The brothers conduct coffee making class behind the cafe…Arabica beans from places like Central America are roasted onsite and ground on demand so each cup is fresh. Machines are cleaned daily-something many other cafes don’t practice. Clogged machines compromised coffee quality. Milk is heated and aerated to the right temperature so it develops a silky froth and not bubble-bath lather. Phil reasons, ‘If you’re passionate about your coffee, you care about every single step. It’s a labour of love.’ Putting words to action, he lovingly prepares six brews the way they were meant to be made. Coping with crap coffee will be a bitch after this…You haven’t tasted true caffe latte till you’ve had one from Highlander. Lustrously thick, velvety milk caresses the toasty top notes of coffee in every sip
Congratulations! The discerning readers and editorial team of The Singapore Women’s Weekly have chosen Highlander Coffee as a winner in The Singapore Women’s Weekly Gold Plate Awards 2008, which honours excellence in food and dining…We hope you will display this award in your establishment to commemorate your flair, creativity and professional excellence. Once again, many congratulations on your well-deserved win!