Lighthouse Coffee has ceased operations until further notice.
The name should strike a chord with the coffee aficionados of Penang, if not for the coffee served at their café, then for their School of Coffee that provides advanced barista workshops and coffee tasting seminars for café owners, aspiring baristas as well as the general coffee-drinker hoping to hone a greater acuity in their appreciation of coffee.
Lighthouse seems to be dedicated to their craft and being wholly meticulous in the preparation of the various blends and styles of coffee they offer. We find this is true after trying a long black and an iced coffee. Strong but pleasant and robust but polite, we pronounce both coffees as cures for either a sleepless night or a hangover or both. Here, coffees start from RM5.50 for a single shot of espresso. Yes, wallet-friendly!
With their coffees being strong of taste and character, it’s a surprise to find their food to be rather mild on the palate. Their breakfast menu kicks off at 9am for two hours with sandwiches, wraps and eggs from RM6.90 but we prefer their all day dining menu.
Their grilled mushroom wrap for RM13 seems to have all the breakfast elements – scrambled eggs, grilled, chopped mushroom and lettuce wrapped in thin, well-toasted pita. Lettuce-heavy, it drips a little with moisture but light, calm and gracious in flavour that’s easy on the tongue. To balance it all up, we recommend a slice of their chocolate rum cake at RM9.50 for its hints of bitter-sweet rum and soft, comforting texture.
The cosy and crowded space of the café adds to the friendly ambience, encouraging get-togethers over, not only their very good coffees, but also ice-blended drinks and non-coffee based beverages. Su Aziz