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30 Sep 2019

14 Cafes in Singapore to visit for The Best Coffee Blends

14 Cafes in Singapore to visit for The Best Coffee Blends
Let’s face it. Ever since the cafe-hopping trend started over 10 years ago, it hasn’t seen a slow down or a slump in the number of pictures popping up all over our socials. Whether you’re a fan of cafe grub or you enjoy basking in the ambience, we’re sure you’ve been to one and enjoyed yourself. 

This is for all the caffeine-fueled individuals out there. Whether you’re visiting a cafe to enjoy your favourite cuppa or learning to appreciate coffee, here are 14 cafes that has their own unique blend of coffee beans to give the brand that distinctive roast. 

1. Boufe Boutique Cafe


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Boufe is an amalgamation of “Boutique” and “Cafe”. Known for their Instagram worthy #foodporn dishes such as the Triple B, the cafe’s version of a big breakfast, and Brioche French Toast, the cafe packs a mean cuppa coffee too. The cafe uses carefully selected coffee beans from local roasters for their brew. In order to ensure each cup is done excellently, the coffee grinder is calibrated and adjusted according to bean varietal in order to ensure the perfect taste in each cup. End off the meal with scrumptious desserts, such as a Mini Unicorn Cake (perfect for the ‘gram), or a classic citron tart. 

Address: 308 Tanglin Road, #01-01, Phoenix Park, Singapore 247974

Opening Hours:
Monday-Sunday: 10am-7pm

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2. Thus Coffee

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You’ve heard about roasting coffee beans, but have you heard about micro-roasting them? Located along Upper Thomson Road is Thus Coffee, which does just that! Essentially a similar process as with roasting coffee beans, micro-roasting does it in smaller batches, which ensures a thorough roasting consistency within each bean, ensuring maximum flavour and depth when brewed. The cafe is also known for its filter variations, which are definitely worthy of a post on your ‘gram.

Pair up your perfect brew with an array of cafe grub, such as the cafe’s rendition of Fish & Chips, or even the Chicken Cutlet Jjolmyeon, that’s bound to heat and tickle your tastebuds. 

Address: 4 Jalan Kuras, Singapore 577723

Opening Hours:
Monday-Sunday: 10am-10pm

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3. The Lokal 

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The Lokal is an Australian Restaurant-Bar located along Neil Road. Started in 2014 by chef Darren Farr, the restaurant-bar establishes itself through its wide house-made offerings, ranging from pickles, sauces to even homemade butter! 

Look forward to sipping on coffee by Paradise Coffee Roasters, offering alternative milk options including Bonsoy, Coconut Milk and Minor Figures Oat Milk. The coffee used at The Lokal are usually double ristrettos, which leads to a more concentrated shot of espresso in a cup, so caffeine lovers will definitely get your fix here!

Address: 136 Neil Road, Singapore 088865

Opening Hours:
Monday-Tuesday: 8am-4pm
Wednesday-Friday: 8am-10pm
Saturday: 9am-10pm
Sunday: 9am-4pm

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4. Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters 

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Upper Thomson Road is a cafe enclave. The area is frequented by many coffee enthusiasts, along with curators of foodstagram accounts, eagerly waiting to take a post a photo of their #foodporn worthy Sunday brunch. A hot favourite cafe is Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters, which takes a nice corner along the road. The full height glass windows make the area very well-lit, and the white walls offer a great natural reflection for the perfect picture. 

Pacamara takes their coffee very seriously. Started by the team behind Oz Speciality Coffee and Thailand’s Pacamara Coffee, the cafe roasts their beans in-house, and also at its larger roastery in Senoko, ensuring maximum freshness with every brew. The cafe regularly switches up their coffee beans, sourcing them from all over the world such as East Africa, Sumatra and India, using only the best varietals in their coffee brews. How charming!

Address: 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333

Opening Hours:
Monday-Sunday: 9am-10pm

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5. Habitat Coffee

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Another favourite along Upper Thomson Road is Habitat Coffee. Specialising in fragrant coffee roasts and American-Italian comfort food, Habitat Coffee is a hotspot not just for coffee-lovers but for everyone, boasting its instagram-worthy interior design and food.

Habitat Coffee uses a double ristretto pour for all their coffees, which is essentially two shots of espresso coffee extracted with half the amount of water. This results in a deeper, richer and more intense brew, giving the coffee its robust flavour. The beans are roasted locally and specially curated for the cafe, so you won’t be getting the same flavour anywhere else.

Address: 223 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574355

Opening Hours:
Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-10pm
Closed on Mondays

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6. Common Man Coffee Roasters

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Any coffee connoisseur would’ve heard (and most probably tasted) the coffee at Common Man Coffee Roasters. The cafe is known for taking great pride in sourcing their coffee beans, through actions such as tracing the root of the coffee bean all the way to where and how it is harvested. In fact, they are also wholesale suppliers to many cafes and restaurants in Singapore. 

This passion for getting only the best beans is proof that they have a serious relationship with coffee, so much so that the brand is starting their very own Barista Academy to train future baristas. 

The house brand, called CMCR Espresso Blend, is said to be complex in flavours, with subtle floral and citrus notes, to rich, intense dark-fruits and bakers chocolate aromas. Fans are able to purchase a pack (250g) of coffee beans from their website or in-store, after falling in love with that perfect brew. 

Address: 
22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058

Opening Hours: 
Monday–Sunday: 8am–7pm

Find out how you can reserve a spot at the Barista Academy here!

 

7. % Arabica

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If you’ve been active on social media, chances are you’ve seen the famous %-printed coffee cups all over your feed in the past few months. This distinctive sign belongs to % Arabica, who has just opened its outpost in Singapore. Hailing from Kyoto, Japan, % Arabica has over 40 cafes globally, making its Singapore outlet the 41st. 

The cafe is known for its in-house coffee blend, and diners can see the whole process of roasting the beans at the back of the cafe. The house blend is a complex mix of single origin estate beans from Brazil and Europe.

Address: 56 Arab Street, Singapore 199753

Opening Hours: 
Monday-Sunday: 8am-8pm

Read more about % Arabica’s philosophy here!

 

8. Five Oars Coffee Roasters

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Five Oars Coffee Roasters is reminiscent of a typical cafe in Melbourne that boasts an industrial-chic interior. With its high-ceiling, cemented flooring and wooden furniture, it gives off a simple yet elegant minimalistic vibe that’s oh-so aesthetically pleasing. 

Enjoy its wide selection of coffees, which range from black to white and even pour overs. The cafe roasts their beans personally, ensuring the perfect level of roast for the cafe’s signature blend. Whether you’re after a strong cuppa joe or an iced white coffee with alternative milk options, Five Oars Coffee Roasters is the place to satiate your cravings. 

Address:

  • 39 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088462
  • 8 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960

Opening Hours:

Tanjong Pagar

  • Monday-Sunday: 8am-10pm

Asia Square Tower 1

  • Monday-Friday: 7.30am-5pm

Find out more about Five Oars Coffee Roasters here!

 

9. BaristArt Coffee

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A famous Japanese drink that has made its way into international fame is the matcha tea. However, did you know that Japan is well-known for its coffee and milk as well? With more Japanese speciality shops opening in Singapore, there are more avenues for one to get hold of imported Japanese products, and that includes Hokkaido milk. 


At BaristArt Coffee, Hokkaido milk is the de-facto milk used for all their coffees! The cafe uses the BIEI Jersey milk from Brown Jersey cows, which produces a rich and creamy milk that is slightly sweet. This milk is also high in butterfat and protein, and pairs well with the cafe’s selection of single origin coffee beans. The cafe’s signature drink, the BIEI Jersey Milk Coffee, boasts a rich and robust coffee aroma and a smooth texture - the coffee will glide down your throat seamlessly! 

The cafe also has a range of Japanese sweets and sandwiches for diners who’re looking to get a full meal, so you can look forward to leaving with a warm and full belly.

Address: 65 Tras Street, Singapore 079004

Opening Hours: 
Monday-Sunday: 10am-10pm

Find out more about BaristArt Coffee here

 

10. Strangers’ Reunion

Source: Strangers’ Reunion 

A cafe that’s known for its waffles, Strangers Reunion is no new kid on the block. Opened by coffee connoisseur Ryan Kieran Tan and his brother Dylan, the cafe imports its beans from all around the world and roasts them in-house. Diners can choose to have their coffee in different styles, such as an espresso-based cup, or a filter brew, prepared using the Aeropress, Syphon, Wave Dripper or Cold Brew method. Strangers’ Reunion does beautiful latte art, so for all the ‘grammers out there, you know where to go!

Oh, did we mention that Ryan has won many accolades, including the Singapore National Barista Championship too? This man really does know his stuff! With a dedicated, passionate and skillful team behind the scenes, rest assured that your tastebuds will be in great hands at Strangers’ Reunion.

Address:
33-35 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169356

Opening Hours: 
Monday-Sunday: 9am-6pm

Find out more about Strangers’ Reunion here

 

11. Bearded Bella



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Tucked along Craig Road is Bearded Bella. This nifty little cafe possesses Melbournian vibes, with its decor and menu a homage to the beautiful cafe scene down under. Just like the cafes in Melbourne, the coffee at Bearded Bella is top notch. In fact, one of the owners is also the winner of the Singapore National Barista Championship in 2016, so you know they don’t mess with their coffees. 

Bearded Bella imports its beans from parts of Brazil, Panama, Ethiopia and Indonesia. They pride themselves on importing only the seasonal beans, which ensures that every brew is the result of the beans at its peak harvest period. The beans are roasted in-house, and Bearded Bella offers filter brew coffees, with two or three options offered daily.  What’s more, the friendly staff are all educated in the art of coffee making and beans, so fire away all your questions and have them groom you to become a coffee connoisseur yourself! 

Address: 8 Craig Road, Singapore 089668

Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7.30am-5pm
Friday: 7.30am-11pm
Saturday-Sunday: 7.30am-6pm

Snag a spot to get your coffee fix at Bearded Bella here

 

12. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee


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Your parents might’ve heard of Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee. The brand first started off as a coffee bean wholesaler, supplying specialty coffee beans and equipment to the various restaurants and cafes in Singapore. Shortly later, the company started hosting occasional workshops and classes to educate the public on coffee. It was only after the high demand by customers asking for a place to sit and a cup of coffee to sip did the owners decide to revamp the space into a coffee shop. 

Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee sources their coffee beans from more than 20 different origins, with beans coming from Africa, Asia, South America and Central America. The beans, which are either green or roasted, are available for retail as well. Have a taste from the variety of coffee beans offered and find your favourite blend before buying a whole bag of beans and have them in the comfort of your own home. 

Address: 170 Stirling Road, #01-1133, Singapore 140170

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8.30am-5.30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9am-4pm

Find out more about Tiong Hoe Speciality Coffee and its bean varieties here

 

13. Chye Seng Huat Hardware Store

Source: Chye Seng Huat Hardware Store

Step into a world of the past at Chye Seng Huat Hardware Store. The store was home to several metal and hardware companies, but has been redesigned and refurbished to become a chic coffee shop in the heart of Jalan Besar. 

This hipster enclave sees a lot of traffic, with many customers coming in to visit The Roastery, which gives insights into how the unassuming coffee bean, in its raw, green state, is roasted and transformed into its brown, grounded form which everyone knows it as. 

A concept bar offering patrons a 360 view of a coffee brewing process sits in the middle of the shop, and patrons are encouraged to speak to the friendly baristas as they prepare your cuppa brewed-to-order. 

If you’re looking for brunch or just feeling peckish, the coffee shop has a slew of brunch delights, such as Scrambled Eggs and Bacon and other classic cafe grub up for grabs to pair with your perfectly brewed coffee. 

Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563

Opening Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday: 9am-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 9am-12am
Sunday: 9am-10pm

Read up about what else Chye Seng Huat Hardware Store has to offer here!

 

14. Nylon Coffee Roasters

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Nestled in Everton Park is Nylon Coffee Roasters, which opened its doors to the public in 2012. This no-frills coffee shop has very simple decor - a long wooden table with bar stools for diners to sit and sip their cuppa - and is greeted by ample amounts of natural light, thanks to the floor-length glass panels, that gives off a warmth to the coffee-drinking place. 

Adjoined to the cafe is “The Maillard Project”, the cafe’s dedicated roasting room for their beans. Diners have the opportunity to take a peek at how the beans are roasted. The beans are sourced from all over the world, and the coffee offerings at Nylon Coffee Roasters is sublime, ranging from espressos, filter coffees and drippers. 

Address: 4 Everton Park, #01-40, Singapore 080004

Opening Hours:
Monday: 8.30am-5pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Wednesday-Friday: 8.30am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9am-6pm

Check out Nylon Coffee Roasters here!


Ready to get a freshly brewed cuppa? 

With so many cafes offering their very own variations on the perfect roast, you’ll never run out of opportunities to try something new everyday. Find your perfect blend - whether you prefer single origin beans, coffee with milk, or all forms of coffee regardless. 

Check out our comprehensive cafe guide on all the various spots to get a bang for your buck as you start the ropes as a coffee connoisseur! 

On the hunt for a cafe with a fitting ambience to boost your productivity? These chill cafes might catch your fancy. If you’re embarking on a cafe-hopping journey, this checklist of 20 most Instagrammable cafes might come in handy, and if you happen to be in the area, these cafes near Haji Lane will definitely spruce up your Instagram feed game.  

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