Olla Specialty Coffee, known for its commitment to quality, sustainability, and traceability, has opened its second outlet in The Woodleigh Mall, situated in the vibrant Bidadari district. Founder Lee Hee Wei shares his vision of creating a welcoming space for the community, offering exceptional coffee experiences, and contributing to the sense of togetherness in this up-and-coming neighbourhood.
With a focus on craftsmanship, sustainability, and the surrounding environment, Olla Specialty Coffee sets itself apart from other coffee establishments in Singapore.
Creating a sense of community
Olla Specialty Coffee aims to be an ideal gathering place for friends, families, and residents of Bidadari. Lee envisions the coffee shop as a hub where connections are forged and good times are shared. With Bidadari being a new estate with many young families, Olla recognizes the demand for better-tasting coffee and the opportunity to build connections within the community.
Lee’s remarkable achievements, including winning the Singapore National Barista Championship and being named one of the Top 30 World Barista Champions, have greatly influenced Olla Specialty Coffee’s approach to coffee craftsmanship. The focus is on delivering great hospitality and exceptional quality. The baristas at Olla strive to provide customers with an unforgettable coffee experience by combining technical expertise, passion for coffee, and excellent service.
Sustainability and traceability
Olla Specialty Coffee places a strong emphasis on sustainability and traceability in its coffee beans. Working closely with like-minded partners, such as Nylon Coffee Roasters, Olla supports the direct trade relationship between producers and roasters. They believe in the transparency and fairness of the direct trade model, which benefits both coffee farmers and consumers. This commitment to sustainability sets Olla apart from other coffee establishments that rely on traditional certifications.
Located near the upcoming “green spine” and heritage trail in Bidadari Estate, Olla Specialty Coffee draws inspiration from the lush surroundings and rich heritage of the area. The café offers a unique ambience where customers can enjoy their coffee while immersing themselves in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Bidadari.
Olla Specialty Coffee sets itself apart by offering not only seasonal coffee selections but also high-quality competition-grade coffee. These unique offerings cater to customers who appreciate the complexity and nuances of flavors found in specialty coffee. With a focus on delivering a memorable coffee experience, Olla ensures that customers keep coming back for more.
Lee Hee Wei advises aspiring baristas and individuals entering the coffee industry to focus on developing their character and attitude. “While skills can be learned, having a positive mindset, a willingness to learn, and humility are invaluable qualities for success in any field, including coffee,” he says,
Currently, Olla Specialty Coffee is focused on building its space and reaching its goals. Additionally, the coffee shop aims to share its knowledge and expertise with aspiring barista competitors, giving back to the industry that has supported its growth. While exciting plans may be on the horizon, Olla Specialty Coffee remains dedicated to serving the community and enhancing the coffee experience.
Olla Specialty Coffee’s second outlet at The Woodleigh Mall in Bidadari brings together quality coffee, sustainability, and community-building. With Lee Hee Wei’s expertise and commitment to craftsmanship, sustainability, and the local environment, Olla stands out as a unique coffee establishment. By providing exceptional coffee experiences, contributing to the community, and embracing the natural beauty and heritage of Bidadari, Olla Specialty Coffee is poised to become a beloved gathering place in this emerging district.