The friend introduced me to this quaint little coffee spot tucked away in Hooper Road called Papa Palheta. It’s a favourite spot for coffee amongst students in our school because it’s a pretty short drive there and the price is much cheaper here vis-a-vis starbucks. According to the friend, it used to be a hidden gem but now it has gained so much popularity that it’s no longer a secret hangout anymore!
The baristas are well versed in the types of coffees they carry and you can expect them to rattle on passionately about all the beans they have and what you can expect from your drink.
During my first visit, I was extremely impressed by my cuppaccino because of the delicious frothy steamed milk, full-bodied bitter flavour of the espresso mellowed down by creamy hot milk and the pretty coffee art adorning the surface of my drink.
I don’t usually take coffee unless I really feel like I need an adrenaline boost but I decided to give a go with coffee made with beans from Costa Rica. To me it was a little acidic with a bit of a fruity flavour to it. Pleasant and unique (much like single origin chocolate, you have to appreciate the taste of different beans I guess) but I’ll opt for the a latte or cuppaccino over coffee black anytime!
The most interesting thing about this place is you pay whatever amount you think your drink is worth- there is no fixed price, nor is there anyone who will collect money from you. The guideline here is $3.50, which you put into the little baskets placed around the premises. Incidentally, I was reading Freakonomics while I was there. The book was examining a case study on this sort of business concept just that it involved bagels!
Please please don’t leave without paying! Specialty coffee at such a reasonable price is so difficult to come by and I’m sure we want this business keep on flourishing, no?