Highlander Coffee

March 20, 2012

Before there was Papa Palheta, 40Hands, Loysel’s Toy and Chock Full of Beans, there was Highlander Coffee. Started by brothers Phil and Cedric Ho in early 2004, Highlander not only sells coffee, they roast and sell their coffee beans and they even have a coffee academy to teach the finer points of coffee appreciation to coffee addicts out there.

I’ve been going to Highlander for a number of years, but somehow I’ve never managed to blog about it. This time round, I was at Highlander again 4 days ago, and I’m glad to report back that they are still at the top of their league. Actually I’d just had a flat white at 40 Hands during lunch, and I thought it was very good. Then I had another flat white at Highlander at around 5pm and there was just no mistake about it, Highlander was the clear winner. The coffee was so smooth it practically slid down my throat. Yet it was strong and with a good aroma. I think this is as good as it goes in Singapore. It was so good, we ordered a second cup.

I don’t know about you but I get this feeling that Highlander’s become a hidden gem now that there are so many new boys in the market. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that new is always better! Oh btw, Kampong Bahru looks like it’s set to be the next in place, with a number of new cafe/cake shop types opening. Remember you heard it here.

Highlander - Flat White Flat White

Highlander - Coffee Preparation Area They sell coffee beans at $12/250gm. Pretty good price I would say for freshly ground beans.

Highlander -Seating Area

Highlander Coffee

49 Kampong Bahru Road Singapore 169362

Operation Hours
Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 6.00pm
Closed on Sun and Public Holidays

Contact Numbers
Office/Showroom/Coffee Academy Tel: +65 6226 1686
Coffee Bar Tel: +65 6223 7102




  1. Never been to this place before and I do love it when you blog about coffee….my weakness. These days I am totally spoilt by all the new lil joints…..the chain ones just taste so insipid and dilute in comparison.

    • Which are the new joints that you like? There are so many I can’t keep up, or I’ll be up all night! I hardly go to the chain ones anymore.

  2. I am wondering, does the coffee taste nice largely due to the good roasting of the beans or the technique of making the coffee?

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