Some like it bitter, some like it sweet; some like it here and there, and some like it everyday of the week. Some like it cold and some like it hot; some like it milky, and some need that extra shot. Let’s face it; however you take it is up to you, but most of us have got a serious crush on coffee. Luckily, Singapore’s got some sick spots that serve up quality cups of Joe to suit every mood and fancy.
True coffee lovers will tell you that it’s not really about the ambience, the good food or the quirky interiors of coffee shops that make or break the decision over where to go to enjoy the world’s favourite caffeinated drink. At the end of the day (or more like at the beginning, in this case!), it’s all about the star of the show—the coffee!
We’ve put together a list of cafés in Singapore that mean business, or shall we say beans-ness (haha), when it comes to the art of the brew.
It’s all about the coffee at Nylon Coffee Roasters, a simple café with a genuine love for the story behind each carefully-selected brew. It’s clear from their stellar service and rich-tasting beans that quality and history matter most. Nylon works directly with farmers from all over the world, from South America to Africa. They learn about what happens behind the scenes and what goes into producing these amazing beans. Sustainability and transparency throughout every step of the process is what Nylon is all about, besides providing you with glorious cups of truly delicious coffee.
Toby’s Estate is a specialty coffee shop that prides itself on the social, ethical and environmental principles behind what they do. It’s all about going natural at Toby’s, where they do things differently. Whereas other coffee shops use a wet process, Toby’s utilises dry processing, which lifts the aromas of each bean without stripping off rich flavours. Toby’s Estate focuses on bringing specialty coffees directly from farmers to coffee lovers, making sure that mass-produced blends don’t steal the spotlight from the real deal. The must-try house blend at Toby’s Estate is called the Rodyk Blend, a unique mix of beans from Uganda, Panama, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Brazil.
Dapper Coffee made it to our list for its extraordinary ways of experimenting with coffee, all while keeping the taste real. This quirky café offers super interesting brews, such as their Earl Grey Yuan-Yang brew, which features a tantalising mix of lavender, bergamot milk tea and espresso, and their Cold Brew, which is refreshing in its simplicity, allowing the fruity African beans to take centre stage. Dapper Coffee’s beans come from the Virgin Mountains of Papua New Guinea, and in their own words, their coffee is “damn good”.
For those who like their coffee cold, the cool brews of 7Kickstart Coffee are a must-try. Let’s get something clear, though—their ice drip coffees are not to be confused with regular iced coffees. We’re not talking about pouring regular coffee over ice; we’re talking about a special process that involves steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period, after which iced water is dripped onto ground coffee beans drop by drop. It’s repeated several times to really lock in the flavour, where the beans (ranging from Ethiopian to Tanzanian) are brilliantly represented. 7Kickstart Coffee has two branches for you to visit—one in the Singapore Art Museum and one in Singapore Management University.
So there you have it, folks. Whatever your preferences, take comfort in knowing that there’s a coffee out there to suit your very specific, caffeine-loving needs. /TISG