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16 Coffees Worth Traveling For

16 Coffees Worth Traveling For

From sipping filtered batch brews in a green courtyard to slurping old school butter kopi in a Lavender coffeeshop, there are 16 different coffee experiences for you in this handy guide! Add these coffee spots to your Wishlist and explore the best and most unique coffees Singapore has to offer.
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More a micro-roastery than a cafe, this quaint coffee space under an Everton Park HDB block has sealed its spot as one of the best coffee joints in Singapore. To spread their passion for great coffee, the owners source, roast and brew coffee from around the world behind their iconic seafoam-green shutters. The menu is simple (don't expect lattes or cappuccinos here), with a selection of fiilter coffees and espresso-based coffee either served with milk (White) or without (Black). The White is categorised according to cup sizes and espresso-to-milk ratios — we highly recommend the 5oz White ($3.80). Seating is very limited, and most come by to quietly immerse themselves in the soothing aroma of roasting beans and brewing coffee at the communal standing table.

Come lunch time, Grain Traders at Capita Green is not spared from the CBD crowd despite its $16 price tag on its healthy grain bowls. Split responsibilities and let your friend queue at the food counter, while you head for the less busy coffee counter for your java fix. The Flat White ($5.50) is great for a daily boost — the coffee is smooth, with a nutty hint, but it is the White Cold Brew ($7.50) that you cannot miss. The chilled, velvety smooth concoction is the most balanced white cold brew we've tried so far. Such a delight before taking on the rest of the work day!

Step into this no-frills, old school coffeeshop along North Bridge Road and be transported back to the 70s, where it almost seems frozen in time. Look for the elderly uncle in his signature white singlet and pyjama pants who, according to our Burpple Engineers who frequent this place at least thrice a week, makes "the best kopi" around the area. Order their specialty, Kopi Guyou ($1.10), which literally means "coffee butter". Similar to the Western style bulletproof coffee, the Kopi Guyou here is served with a slice of butter for that midday energy boost.

From the good folks of Ronin, PUNCH has gained itself a reputation for their gorgeous courtyard and excellent coffee. Their filtered Batch Brew ($4.50) is brewed using a blend of Ethiopian beans, and is the perfect java fix to start the day with. Located just across from Hong Lim Park, swing by in the mornings and perch yourself on one of their wooden benches among the courtyard greenery. If you can spare more time, enjoy a simple breakfast of Poached Eggs With Smashed Avocado on Sourdough ($13).

Having moved from West Coast to a more spacious lot at Sunset Way, swing by The Tiny Roaster and sit at their alfresco area on a cool day — it's great for catching up with your friends or family over a cup of Iced White Brew ($5). It is served in a uniquely-shaped triangular cup with an added espresso ice sphere to cool, not dilute, your coffee. For those looking to learn and appreciate coffee, sit by the coffee bar and bask in the beauty of gorgeous coffee brewing equipment as you watch the baristas hand brew a cup of coffee (from $6) for you. There are roasted and unroasted beans sold here too, alongside filters and drippers.

Feel like having something different from your usual long black or flat white? You might want to try the Avocado Coffee ($8) at this cosy Jalan Besar cafe. The chilled milk shake is served in a repurposed Vodka glass with a double shot of espresso on the side. How you want to enjoy this drink is completely up to you. Like some Burpplers, we tried pouring the espresso into the shake but our first shot missed the cup entirely and flowed down the side of the espresso cup — probably not the neatest way. Alternatively, do as Burppler Shabby Charmaine did and have a good gulp of the avocado milk shake (it's already tasty on its own) before adding your desired amount of coffee with a spoon into your drink! Oh, FYI, their Piccolo Latte is excellent too.

Just a short three minute walk from Farrer Park MRT, Old Hen Coffee Bar is a cosy coffeehouse that is the great for catching up with a friend over light bites and excellent coffee! Be sure to order the popular Creamy White Cold Brew ($6.50) — slightly sweet, lusciously creamy and with a welcome tinge of acidity. In the past, limited edition flavours have been released during holiday seasons, like the Dark Cocoa with Orange for Chinese New Year and Valrhona Dark Cocoa Peppermint for Christmas. Be sure to keep your eye out for these delicious brews!

Situated under a HDB block in Stirling Road, this unassuming cafe is filled with all sorts of coffee paraphernalia — a hint of owner Mr Tan's passion for all things coffee. Mr Tan is extremely passionate about his beans (he has over 50 years of coffee experience under his belt), so pop by to buy a fresh batch of beans, or simply to watch the passionate baristas wax lyrical about coffee. Coffee is brewed in a variety of styles including cold brews and V60. We suggest that you keep an open mind and go with what the barista suggests — they are extremely good at what they do. Drinks cost $4 on average.

Located just outside Somerset 313 on Orchard Road, Oriole Cafe + Bar is the perfect place to catch up on some work. Order the Death Cream ($9) to keep you going — a creamy, yummy drink made with a secret concoction using vanilla beans, espresso and cream, inspired by a recipe from the 1980s. The result? Velvety, smooth coffee served in a bottle so big, it that can comfortably fill two cups. Those who need a caffeine boost while working hard can be like Burpple Tastemaker Fiona Ting, who added an extra shot of espresso to make it an "absolute killer, kickstart Monday concoction".

Owner Ryan Tan is the current World Siphon Champion and a three-time Singapore Barista Champion, so your coffee is in good hands. If you like your coffee clean-tasting with pronounced flavours, go for the Siphon Coffee ($6.90), brewed with seasonal beans. For an espresso-based coffee, try Magic ($5.50). More robust than most milk-based coffee beverages, this is said to be made using the perfect milk to espresso ration.

With the title "The World's Best Coffee Shop" given by Telegraph under their belts, you bet the java at The Coffee Academics is set to impress. The highly esteemed coffee joint from Hong Kong has set up its first international outpost in Singapore, serving espresso-based coffees. There are seven specially designed corners in the spacious cafe, each with its own purpose, like Cupping Corner and Hand Brew Bar. We love the Pepper Agave Latte ($7.50) — cafe latte with raw agave nectar that cancels out the bitterness of the coffee, topped with freshly ground black pepper for that extra kick. Also worth returning for is the Globally Inspired Coffee ($8) — original creations from 12 different countries that changes every month (May's Globally Inspired Coffee is a Citrus Espressoda from Portland).

Located at Duxton Hill, MavRx (stylised with a capital R) is a small hole-in-the-wall joint that serves nothing but coffee. This minimalist, VERY Instagram-worthy shop boasts monochromatic decor and wooden benches for seats. When available, always go for the Chocolate Coffee Cone ($8) — essentially a piccolo latte in a sturdy waffle cone that you can nom on once you're done with your coffee. The chocolate coffee cone comes in three flavours — white, milk and dark chocolate. Otherwise, order the super fun Cold Brew ($5). Served in a large syringe that you can "inject" into your cup of ice, it's great for a mid-day caffeine boost or a pitstop after dining nearby!

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