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A cuppa white coffee

Ipoh White Coffee: A Traditional Malaysian Coffee & a Modern Recipe

By: Syazana Zubil

A cuppa white coffee

A cuppa White Coffee

Malaysia is a very unique place in that the different cultures, races and beliefs, makes it a cultural melting pot and a hotspot for food lovers. One of the most famous Malaysian products is the white coffee. Originating from Ipoh which is the capital city of Perak, white coffee is one of the most sought after drinks for locals as well as visitors.

Tracking Back Ipoh White Coffee

It all started in the town of Ipoh, during the British colonial era; Perak was a thriving tin-mining state. White coffee originated from a town called Ipoh Old Town where Chinese migrants who worked at the tin-mines would come and gather. These hard workers came up with the idea of making white coffee.

Most people believe that the name white coffee comes from the color of the coffee. Actually, it has nothing to do with that. The name refers to the roasting process without any additives or other ingredients, so ‘nothing added.’ The Chinese word Bái, besides ‘white’ also means ‘without,’ or ‘unadulterated.’

The roasting process for regular (black) coffee normally involves roasting the beans with sugar, margarine and wheat. The process is a bit different for white coffee, where some of the ingredients are not added together. The coffee beans are roasted with only margarine, without sugar, which gives the coffee a lighter shade.

The white coffee made in Ipoh actually stands out from regular coffee from elsewhere because of the low temperature and the slow roasting formulas that were created and perfected right there in the city of Ipoh, Perak. When you drink white coffee, you can taste the different layers of flavor in the coffee, which is thick and aromatic. Ipoh white coffee is also considered healthier (no additives), intenser in aroma and purer in taste.

As more and more types of drinks and coffees are changing all around the world, with added flavours, Ipoh’s white coffee still stands the test of time, maintaining the old tradition of serving white coffee traditionally.

Besides going all the way to Ipoh to get your white coffee, nowadays you’ll find the 3-in-1 mixtures for instant white coffee. But instead of just pouring hot water into the mixture, why not try a new recipe, a white coffee ice-blended to quench your thirst on a hot afternoon?

Ipoh Ice Blended White Coffee Recipe

Ipoh White Coffee Ice Blended

Ipoh White Coffee Ice Blended


All you need to make this delicious drink is:

1 sachet of White Coffee (get it at your local Asian store), doesn’t matter which brand)
3/4 cups of full cream milk
1 cup of ice cubes
1 tablespoon of sugar

It’s amazing how a short list of ingredients can make such a delightful drink!

How to make Ipoh White Coffee Ice Blended:

1.      Now, the steps in creating the white coffee ice-blended are very easy. First and foremost, in order to make an ice-blend, of course, you would have to prepare yourself a blender machine.

2.      Next, mix all the ingredients above and blend. Make sure you do not blend the mixture for too long or else you would only end up with an iced white coffee. Remember, we are aiming for a white coffee ice-blended. Here’s a tip on how not to blend too long. Blend the mixture until you can see the ice cubes starting to move around, then you just wait for a few seconds before you stop, and there you have your splendidly done ice-blended.

3.      Last but not least, pour the mixture into a glass, and there you have it, your very own white coffee ice-bended. You can decorate your ice-blended with whipped cream and drizzle some chocolate syrup on it. To add more flavour to your ice-blended, you can add in some hazelnut or chocolate sprinkles.

So there’s a short and simple recipe that you can try on your own and experience the taste of the white coffee. So sit back, relax and enjoy your white coffee ice-blended!

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