Coffee is pretty much a must-have no matter what you’re doing, and you’re unlikely to be a stranger to it. It’s great little pick-me-up in the middle of the day that helps you get trudge through the rest of it, or if you need a little extra juice in the night when you’re up late.
But who says coffee needs to be just for that quick buzz? Long before coffee became the fuel of the 21st century coffee was made to be enjoyed and meant to be savoured. So without further ado, lets get into the grind of some serious must tries for that perfect cup of cuppa.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
No stranger to the coffee scene in Singapore, some may even say this place helped the local coffee scene grow into what it is today, is Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee. Starting out as a bean supplier in the 1960s, the shop has grown to one of the islands largest suppliers on the island.
Even before you walk into the shop, you can smell the fresh fragrance of coffee beans gently roasting as the shop prepares their beans for their adjoined café next door.
While they can whip up a good latte or cappuccino on demand, what’s really special is their roast on demand. Importing beans from all over the world, when you approach the counter you’ll be greeted with a choice of various beans (specials of the day). Each bean has its own flavour profile, and these can change daily, so each visit will give you a different experience.
If you’re new to this, just ask the friendly baristas for their expert advice on which coffee suits your preferred taste and they can prepare a pour over specially curated to your taste.
If you find yourself falling in love with their coffee, fret not for you can easily order their carefully prepared beans on a subscription basis and never run out of this amazing coffee experience.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
170 Stirling Road
Right smack in the heart of the city, coffee break gives office workers in the heart of the CBD artisanal flavours of coffee at hawker prices. Started in 1935, this hawker stall has not only survived the test of time but has evolved through the ages. With third generational hawkers at its helm, you get an old-meets-new experience, the classic kopi-styled coffee meets new flavours from all over the world giving you a quality experience that beats out the usual franchises.
The menu changes to include seasonal additions like pumpkin-spice, but their specialties including sea salt caramel, hazelnut and peppermint are sure to wow your taste buds. Even more adventurous souls can give their more unique flavours a try, like black sesame, butter pecan and even Irish cream.
The new age coffee shop is a refreshing change from the usual standards of artisanal coffee, and a welcome change at that. With drinks starting at $3, the coffee is not only good, but also easy on the wallet. The shop has two outlets, one at Amoy Street Food Centre and one at Science Park, so if you happen to work around there (and even if you don’t), be sure to head down to grab a cup.
Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road
Ascent, Singapore Science Park 1
2 Science Park Drive
Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
Another self-roasting joint, Dutch Colony Coffee Co is all about the most personal coffee experience served up in your single cup of coffee. The owners personally travel and sample coffee from farms all over the world, advocating the need for small-lot coffee beans and roasting for the most intimate caffeine experience.
Each cup of coffee brewed is meant to bring out and celebrate the unique nodes and flavours of the specific region the beans have been sourced from. This also means that the menu is ever changing, with seasonal variants and different methods of brewing, try experiencing the different ways your cup of coffee can be prepared. For those who like cold brew coffees (and those who have yet to try it, its highly recommended here), you’ll be pleasantly treated to a rich and creamy bottle of it here, with sweetened and unsweetened variants.