I was excited when I got to know of the opening of The Ficca’s Café on 21st December, 2014. No doubt, more and more Westernised cafés are mushrooming in Ipoh these couple of years, but The Ficca’s Café is one of the few in town that offers single origin coffee.
I may not have a particular inclination towards coffee but my mom loves her cuppa, so it was a good opportunity to sit down as a family for hi-tea last Sunday.
The Ficca’s Café is run by three Ipoh gentlemen in their thirties, although there are seven partners in total. When it comes to coffee, the person in charge is William Lo, a qualified City & Guilds Barista.
There are about forty different types of coffee available here but the pride of the café is the range of single-origin coffee and alcohol. To control the quality of beverages, only filtered water is used.
This is one café that serves food and drinks as healthily as home-cooked meals. In line with the healthy concept, French fries and nuggets are prepared using an air fryer, which means less fat, less guilt.
As a matter of fact, all the pastries, cakes and sandwiches are made by the team at The Ficca’s Café. I found that impressive as all of them are self-taught bakers. It drives home the point that passion is the best ingredient in any recipe.
Alongside the coffee, you can see the many types of light food that I have ordered. The Ficca’s Café doesn’t serve main meals because the whole objective here is for one to savour the coffee at one’s own sweet time.
I appreciate the clean-cut and uncluttered look of the café, a breath of fresh air from the quirky cafés that have sprouted mainly in Old Town.
The reason for this ambience, according to one of the partners, Gilbert, is that they don’t want to distract diners from the coffee. Indeed, an eatery should not attract the crowd with its decor but with the authenticity of the menu.
The Ficca’s Café can sit about 40 – 50 pax at a time. When you are there, check out the sketches of the mascot of the café, Ficca Cat, adorning the walls. They are all done by Gilbert. Actually, Gilbert and William were animators who left their careers to pursue this new interest.
In fact, with a background in animation, Gilbert hopes that he could incorporate it into The Ficca’s Café, firstly, by introducing the work scope of an animator by displaying an animator’s table set at a corner of the café. That is going to be an Instagram-worthy spot!
The Ficca’s Café
Add: 15, Jalan Centre Point 1, Pinji Centrepoint, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
GPS Coordinates: N 04° 35.027′ E101° 05.219′
Tel: +6012-5521700 (Gilbert Ng)
Business hours: 11am – 11pm except Tuesdays
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