OPENING IN AUGUST 2020
10 HOSPITAL BOULEVARD,
OUTRAM COMMUNITY HOSPITAL,
| A Social Enterprise
| The Caffeine Experience (For Ex-Offenders)
The Caffeine Experience is a home for ex-offenders. A home where we are accepted despite our past. We are loved for who we are. TCE is not a cafe location but a spirit of acceptance.
We are imperfect beings. We are the fallen ones. We made the mistakes and we paid the hefty price known to all (Prison Sentence). Ex-offenders have a hard time restarting. Like most people, we try making efforts to reboot. Yet the society, knowing our background, subconsciously creates a second prison, not intentionally but one created out of fear of the unknown.
We put our best foot forward even though it may not be the society’s best, but at least we try. Unfortunately and not of anyone’s fault, fearing our past, the public inevitably behave in a way that causes us to self doubt and mentally lock ourselves up in a virtual prison.
At the end, due to many unforeseen misunderstandings, we resign from the post as if fate had decided our entire future. Some, make efforts to try again and some return to their past habits of failure. Thus the unspoken massacre of the hopeful, known as the second prison.
I understand this complexity of wanting to start again but also concurrently experiencing the fear of reality. We have to be brave to climb the hill of misunderstandings, sometimes from our own faults but sometimes from no fault of ours. The ominous path facing us is filled with obstacles and I clearly understand this because I am one of them.
I am an ex-offender and my name is Matthew Poh.
| TCE's 3 Quality Steps
( Performed in-house )
Roasted carefully by our baristas, we control the quality of the roast depending on the characters of the beans in order to bring out the best of each bean in terms of flavour and caffeine level.
A light roast to bring out the aromatic flavours and a medium roast to raise the caffeine level and notes.
Knowing each order taken and matching the beans with the method of preparation, we fine tune the grind size and extraction to ensure that the drink produced is of the highest possible quality.
Our baristas tune the setting each morning before the first drink is served.
To prepare the drink, our baristas have to balance the quantity of water/milk to the weight of coffee grounds in each drink in accordance to the formula established by our master barista.
Any visual variation of the drink extraction will void the serving and we will prepare a fresh cup that can be accepted.