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Coffee, Tea or Me?

Coffee, Tea or Me?

The list that contains the undeniable love of coffee, tea and other beverages.
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

Being one of the few tenants which have moved into the revamped Change Alley Mall at Raffles Place, Tanamera Coffee, which hails from Indonesia, has just opened their very first outlet in Singapore. The specialty coffee store serves up espresso-based coffee, as well as cold brew alongside some grab-and-go sandwiches stored in their display chiller, with pastries and cakes.

Being one of the cold brews available here, the Cold White is essentially their variant of the white cold brew here. Felt that the one served here comes with a rather balanced sweetness with the nutty notes of the coffee, though it seems a tad watered down and lacks that richness, smoothness and creaminess of the ones which other locally born-and-bred brands offer.

Visited the new Shift Coffee Concepts, which had recently opened its doors just two weeks before the start of the Circuit Breaker at Southbank just a short distance away from Lavender MRT Station and also run by the same folks behind Upside Down Coffee Alternatives.

While specialty coffee brewed from an espresso machine is available here, the highlight at Shift Coffee Concepts will be their Syphon Brews, which features beans of various origins carrying varying different flavour profiles.

Was recommended the La Promesa, which originated from Colombia; quite surprised how this supposedly fruity coffee comes with a punchy body for a full-on flavour, yet with a clean finish — a difference from the usual hand-brewed coffees that feature a fruity profile which are typically lighter in its flavour profile. Also liked how the space is clean in its design language and situated at a location less-travelled by most — certainly a spot that works out for a quiet morning cuppa!

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Dropped by this new spot named Venture Drive Coffee situated within Vision Exchange; a building just a stone’s throw away from Jurong East MRT Station that roasts their very own coffee beans. Just a simple space serving specialty coffee, tea and chocolate — the Flat White is pretty smooth and creamy, with a medium body and a earthy and roasty flavour profile. Thought it would be nice if they could offer some pastries for a light bite — still a great hidden gem for office workers within the area and compound.


From [email protected], a new establishment that had just opened its doors recently at myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens taking over the former premises of Little Wimbly Lu. Opened by Campus Superstar alumni Renfred Ng, this is his latest venture after The Milky Way Homemade Ice-Cream and Coffee situated at Tanglin Halt.

Serving up Japanese Donburi and being much of the neighbourhood drinking hole by offering a decent variety of alcoholic beverages, the Wagyu Beef Don features Pan Seared Wagyu Beef with Truffle Shoyu over White Rice. Pretty much a tried and tested formula, the Wagyu Beef Don is undoubtedly satisfying and comforting; the slices of Pan Seared Beef done with a pinkish centre and is pretty much easy to chew being tender — the slight drizzle of the Truffle Shoyu adding a hint of truffle aroma that helps to ante up the flavours of the beef without overwhelming the entire bowl with its flavour. Sitting atop the pearly and fluffy short-grain rice, garlic chips had been added for some crispness and to provide a garlicky note, whilst the sous-vide egg comes all wobbly and with an oozy egg yolk that helps to bind all the elements together with a slikier touch. A pretty good Wagyu Beef Don here that would work well with the masses.


From Bao Boy at HongKong Street; a new establishment by the folks behind CURE and Butcher Boy up at Keong Saik Road focusing on their Asian fusion offerings.

With their main emphasis on their Baos, the Pulled Pork Banh Mi Bao not only comes with pulled pork, but also an entire slab of pork belly for that extra oomph. Whilst the pork belly comes tender with a good bite, the pulled pork helps to bring a meatier flavour; itself being moist while not carrying a porky stench. Otherwise, the pickles provide a refreshing crunch and a slight zing, while the purple slaw also helps to add some texture to the entire deal; all coming in between a light and fluffy Chinese leaf bun.


From the new Elixir Boutique Roasters, which takes over the former spot of the now-defunct Sugarhaus at Serene Centre. A pay-as-you-wish concept, payment is by tips only; offering only Black and White in both and in hot or iced versions, they also serve their coffee with two options of beans — Single Origin, as well as a blend. Didn't really ask what was being served for my order, but really enjoyed the well-pulled cuppa that is smooth and creamy whilst carrying a medium body and nutty flavour profile. A fuss-free spot for a quality coffee.


One of the spots that got me quite excited of its opening in Singapore; went for the Short Caffè Latte which was robust with a nutty flavour profile, well-balanced, smooth and creamy, while the Almond Croissant comes all flaky and buttery whilst being slightly sweet — the almond flakes over the top providing a crunch, while the almond frangipane in between the layers providing a nutty sweetness. Would say that it's pretty insane to join in the queue if it snakes, considering the coffee takes a while to come (pretty fair considering how it takes time to brew a cuppa), but I wouldn't mind shelling out a little more for this occasionally if the queue is manageable while I am in the area.


Always excited when the folks Brawn & Brains releases new items; wouldn't say my stomach is the most tolerant to milk teas but the one here is certainly one I would not mind having again risking it all — the green tea comes pretty rich and aromatic of the tea's predominant bitter undertones, ending off with just a light touch of sweetness that is also creamy; almost akin to that of their Cold Brew Coffee itself. A great alternative to have for those who would take up tea over coffee any day.


Opened recently at the revamped 111 Somerset is Glyph Supply Co.; a new specialty coffee joint which serves up cuppas brewed from beans that they have roasted by themselves.

Got myself a 6 Oz White brewed using Ethiopian single-origin beans with a double-shot of espresso. The result was a smooth and creamy cuppa with a medium body and a fruity flavour profile; a very well-pulled one indeed. Currently under soft-launch phase, payment is by tipping basis only, and Glyph Supply Co. also serves up bakes sourced from Carpenter and Cook for those who wish to pair their coffee up with some cakes or pastries.


Visited the new Sanity Coffee at Esplanade Mall yesterday; pretty much a hole-in-the-wall coffee bar which compliments Room 2F, a community and event space that it is situated in. Got myself a slice of the homamde cheesecake; velvety smooth, creamy and luscious with a chocolate cake layer beneath for a contrast of sweetness, while the Iced White was pretty well-pulled with a medium body that carried a nutty flavour profile. A great grab-and-go coffee spot, or even for a stopover for a quick cuppa in between errands.


Chanced upon this hole-in-the-wall bakery named Coffee Time which sells cakes, dim sum and Chinese pastries (think Char Siew Pastry, Siew Pau, Wife Biscuits etc.) at Blk 269 Queen Street (just a corner away from 3838 Eating House where New Rong Liang Ge is located) , which also serves Nanyang Kopi pulled using an espresso machine much like the one from Kopi More at Golden Mile Food Centre. Thought the Iced Kopi was no doubt smooth yet roasty, though a little bit on the sweeter side if opting for default level of sweetness — perhaps the difference would be more stark if ordering it hot instead; probably making a mental note to try that in the future!


Visited Alchemist’s swanky new space at Khong Guan Building yesterday. Really liked the vibe of the space — a very integral design with the nostalgic, preserved building it is situated in that blended in well without sticking out like a sore thumb as a result of gentrification.

Enjoyed the Butter Cinnamon Danish; a crisp and flaky pastry that came with light hints of cinnamon and butter crumbles in the middle for some texture, whilst also having a White brewed from a blend of Brazilian and Colombian beans roasted in-house — a smooth and creamy cuppa with an earthy and nutty flavour profile that is all balanced with a clean finish.

Congratulations to the folks behind Alchemist in the opening of their flagship branch, and wishing them all the best that is to come!


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