Watch video: Hipster cafe run by senior citizens

Sasco@Khatib is an activity centre for seniors with a cafe run by retirees, as part of a programme to encourage active ageing.
 Mr Chua Kok Leong, a retired taxi driver, and Madam Phang Jee Eng, a former bookshop assistant, are among volunteers who work at the cafe in Khatib. They get basic training and are paid a token sum for performing tasks such as brewing coffee and ser
Mr Chua Kok Leong, a retired taxi driver, and Madam Phang Jee Eng, a former bookshop assistant, are among volunteers who work at the cafe in Khatib. They get basic training and are paid a token sum for performing tasks such as brewing coffee and serving buns. ST PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG

They pick up new skills, build new ties at cafe that forms part of VWO's senior activity centre

In a brightly lit space right next to Khatib MRT station, baristas togged out in striped aprons pull espresso shots and steam milk to create latte art.

Meanwhile, customers sip their brew as a large poster near the entrance greets patrons with cheeky puns: "How do I feel when there is no coffee? Depresso, Kopiless, Lattegic."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2018, with the headline 'Hip cafe run by seniors has the recipe for active ageing'. Print Edition | Subscribe