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For any beverages that provide a morning or mid-afternoon perk-me-up!
Melissa Chee
Melissa Chee

Headed over to Starbucks Reserve after having dinner at Fong Sheng Hao. We were originally looking for desserts at East of Eden but the service was pretty shitty and apparently their coffee machine was already closed for service at 9pm so only ice cream was available. While I didn’t exactly want coffee, I made it a point not to buy from them because of the poor service. Also, there’s a Starbucks Reserve literally a short walk away where I can get BOTH ice cream and coffee so why EoE?!

This was my virgin Starbucks Reserve experience. I’d walked around Reserve stalls many times to soak up the ambience and atas feelz but this was the first time I’d actually sat down and ordered something off the Reserve menu. They’ve got nitro cold brew on tap, as well as their own cold brew and vanilla ice creams. So to get the best of both worlds, I went with the nitro cold brew float. The barista dispensed the foamy nitro cold brew into the tall glass and topped it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream - coffee AND dessert in a cup.

This is a less intense version of an affogato (which Reserve also serves), as the cold brew doesn’t have such a bitter hit as an espresso shot does. I love the creamy, smooth feel of the Starbucks nitro cold brew. Made me feel even higher SES than having regular cold brew. The vanilla ice cream, though a nice touch and something I wouldn’t have expected on the Starbucks menu, didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. It had a grainy texture, and wasn’t actually very creamy. Perhaps it just wasn’t a good mix with the cold brew. I would say to get the nitro cold brew - the texture really is lovely, but skip the float and maybe try the cold brew ice cream on the side.

A chat with the barista also revealed one of his personal favourite drinks was the cold brew malt which is essentially a cold brew with two scoops of ice cream inside and no other sweeteners. Hmm. Might try that on the next visit, or the Dark Chocolate Mocha!

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Always a queue for BUNDT, but I got my iced white and it’s gonna be a good day!

Now I’ve learnt the beat way to appreciate the iced coffee at Bundt is to take your time and let the ice melt so it’s perfect for getting a cup to go and having the coffee cube melted by the time you get to the office!

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One place I keep coming back to time and again because I really really love their smashed avocado, black cocoa brownies AND coffee.

Bundt has recently upgraded their kitchen and also swapped to new custom-made coffee cups with sippy lids that essentially negate the use of a straw! Hooray! Plus point for the extra thoughtful design that allows for capping the lid so that foreign stuff doesn’t drop in while you’re waiting for the coffee ball to melt.

The coffee is just as good as always, rich and full-bodied, but gets stronger and better the longer you wait for the ice to melt. If you can’t wait, make sure to keep the ice ball so you get this extra strong black coffee once it’s fully melted. Double doses of coffee in one - yes please!

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For the many times I’ve visited Starbucks and ordered their drinks or cold brews, I’ve never tried this before.

The cold foam cold brew is for times when a regular cold brew just won’t cut it and you want to lux it up a bit more. A layer of light foam is topped on their cold brew coffee, and you’re given a special sipping lid so be prepared for a foam-stache. I wasn’t sure if the cold foam would actually make much of a difference to the drink, but surprisingly it did. The light and airy foam lent a very slight milkiness and sweetness to the cold brew, which mellowed out the black coffee. To me, it’s the perfect low sugar, low calorie alternative, for days when I don’t feel like drinking my coffee completely black or with too much milk.

This will probably be replacing my usual cold brew orders with coconut milk, as I found this a lot more enjoyable. Definitely give this a shot if you like Starbucks cold brews!

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Been a regular of Narrative for a few months now ever since Tong joined forces with the original couple behind Dancing Goat and I was contemplating whether to review or not because I didn’t want this place to get more crowded than it already is. But I do want them to succeed so here’s my review!

I always order the dirty matcha with soy milk (not on the menu) and I love it unsweetened. The contrast between the bitter matcha, and distinct well-bodied espresso roast, is rounded off and goes great with soy milk.

After much feedback, they’ve also started to become more adventurous with their baked items and this was the first weekend they baked the sticky date pudding. I taste tested it the day before, and fortunately they decided to warm up the butterscotch sauce to drizzle and serve it today. The sticky date pudding isn’t too sweet, and it’s moist plus soft. Not the best I’ve had (that would still go to PS Cafe), but it’s pretty decent and makes a nice accompaniment with their drinks.

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Found my new favourite drink stop along Orchard Road! I visited a long time back but the service seems to have improved tremendously. Our first visit had us waiting 20 minutes for our orders to be taken and prepared, but this time they were noticeably better staffed and we got our orders within minutes.

I opted for the Coconut Cappuccino Shake with 0% sugar and really really liked it. Even at 0% sugar, the Shake is naturally sweetened and I love the fragrant coconut milk with bits of coconut flesh blended into the mixture. I found that the cappuccino flavour helped to add an extra special flavour profile to the drink so it never got boring. Forget getting the medium, just go for the large!

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In addition to their famed black cocoa brownies, brookies and smashed avocado, BUNDT is known for their coffee. Instead of getting a fancy toffee nut latte, I went for their signature iced white with soy milk instead and boy was it good. The iced white comes with cold brew, an espresso ice ball and milk, which ensures that your coffee doesn’t get diluted, but rather more potent as the ice melts. I found that my cup of coffee with soy milk was substantially darker brown and stronger than my friend’s cup with regular milk right from the moment this was served but I’m not sure if this is due to the request for soy milk or just batch variation. Either way, both cups were good. Great place to pick up breakfast, pack some lunch or snacks along with some good coffee for a day at work.

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I’ve tried the Black Sesame Soy Latte before and I’m glad to say that the standard is consistently good at Craftsmen. The Black Sesame fragrance is strong, and the taste is prominent. It’s mixed nicely with the milk, resulting in an amazingly creamy and smooth beverage. Great for a non-caffeinated drink.

The butterscotch latte is just one of the many creative drinks available at Craftsmen. It indeed tastes of butterscotch, with a pleasant sweetness to balance the slight bitterness of the coffee. Craftsmen has achieved just the right level of sweetness in this beverage, resulting in a pleasant drink to go with your meal, or a nice beverage to have with your friends or family over a catch-up session.

I’ve loved all the drinks I’ve had at Craftsmen Coffee so far and will definitely be back for more and to try the food!

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I was surprised by this when it arrived as it looked more like a soft serve than coconut ice when it arrived. The texture leaned more towards soft serve rather than ice blend too as the ice was really fine, creamy and smooth. I found it a bit weird that there were some ice cubes inside the ice blend though. I’m not sure if that was intentional or if those didn’t get blended properly.

The drink is topped with some coconut flakes, and if you eat the coconut ice on its own it’s extremely coconutty and quite sweet. I recommend mixing some of the ice into the espresso at the bottom to achieve the middle ground of bitter espresso with sweet coconut ice. This blending of flavours was lovely, with none outshining the other. Super refreshing cold beverage with a caffeine kick. I can see myself ordering a main with this beverage whenever I’m at Craftsmen if it weren’t for the astounding number of choices available. I definitely have to visit more to try the other items on the menu.

I was really taken by surprise when I tried the coffee here at 6 Letter Coffee. I don’t know what blend of beans they use but it’s out of this world. Extremely aromatic and fragrant, but I wouldn’t exactly call it nutty. The cappuccino is smooth and so so amazing. Note that they don’t have skim milk available here, but soy milk is available at an additional $1 (no other non-dairy alternatives available as of yet).

Perfect for a morning coffee run.

*6 Letter Coffee is FavePay and GrabPay-friendly!

Butterknife Folk released a multitude of local flavours in time for National Day week. I was curious to try the chicken rice flavour, so I purposely made my way down after seeing that it was available today on their IG stories.

I ended up trying the Milo Van MILO, chicken rice, and the kopi gao. The milo van milo is truly amazing, it’s literally the same taste of milo van milo in ice cream form - thick, chocolatey and malty. Takes me back to sports days in school. It is quite sweet, so this is probably better for sharing.

The chicken rice flavour was interesting. It’s a savoury ice cream with prominent tastes of ginger. Actually not bad, but I wasn’t sure if I could finish a whole scoop of this on my own.

Enter the kopi gao flavour. Strong black kopi with condensed milk. I was hooked from first lick. The coffee taste is so aromatic and strong, and this flavour is the perfect balance of sweetness plus a slight contrasting bitterness from the coffee. I’ve definitely never had such strong coffee ice cream before.. This one is a hot seller for sure as the tub was almost completely empty - I think I might’ve gotten the last scoop! I really hope they bring this flavour back often as it’s really good!!!!

Actually wanted to try more flavours like the soursop, pineapple tart, sugarcane lemon and chilli crab, but sadly the sweet counter girl wasn’t there today. The staff today wasn’t friendly. It was like she was hurrying the customers to make a decision quickly so I just settled for the kopi gao.

I was also thinking of getting a tub to go, but the ice cream apparently only lasts 45 minutes unrefrigerated. :( Guess this is only suitable if you’re going to eat it fast or head back home immediately. Note that a styrofoam tub of ice cream costs $20, but if you buy the thermos container for $15, you get ice cream refills in the thermos for $18.

The coffee blend at Paddy Hills is quite mild, with a light nutty finish. If you prefer something milkier and not strong on caffeine, a classic latte here would make a good choice.

Always biding my time to my next meal. Everything in between just serves to kill time.

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