Coffee

Coffee

Featuring The Lokal, Oriole Coffee + Bar (Somerset), Knockhouse Cafe, Sarnies (Telok Ayer), Brotherbird Coffeehouse (Bugis), PUNCH, Two Men Bagel House (Novena), Lunar Coffee Brewers, Korio, Maxi Coffee Bar
Nobelle Liew
Nobelle Liew

I don’t have much to share about either cause I took a tiny sip and remember them to be very decent though nothing outstanding — the black had a mild acidity and a good nuttiness — but I had to share this photo cause of their Cold Brew with Smoked Maple and Oat Milk that I DON’T (unfortunately) have a photo of. Now that drink, my friends, is one you definitely shouldn’t miss out on. Whether you’re a caffeine addict or not. It’s such an amazingly complex drink with so many nuances, it’d be an absolute sin to not try it. It’s considerably creamy seeing how they used oat milk, with the distinctive nuttiness of the oat milk shining through. But what’s so amazing is that the smokiness from the maple really really comes through at the end, and complements the oat milk so so well.

We caught a 1-for-1 promo while we were there (hence the crazy amount of caffeine here), but as much as I wanted to love all the drinks we got...I really didn’t.
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𝗜𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗞𝗼𝗽𝗶 𝗖: exceedingly diluted, it basically tasted like my coffee sat there for half an hour. Let me clarify that anyone who’s eaten with me know I take my photos in a couple of seconds — I can’t be bothered with bringing my food to some abrupt corner — so this definitely wasn’t a result of the coffee sitting out for long.
𝗜𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗟𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲: tastes almost exactly like bux’s toffee nut latte lol I was shooketh. The syrup’s discernible but not overly sweet, and coffee was very bold and nutty as well so this was a really enjoyable drink.
𝗜𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗮 𝗦𝗮𝗹𝘁 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗹 𝗟𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲: perhaps it’s cause their syrups aren’t overly sweet, the salt came across reeeeeally strong here — a little too much in fact. I could taste the nutty earthy sorta caramel profile, but I didn’t get much sweetness so this really turned out to be a slightly odd drink.
𝗜𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗦𝗲𝘀𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗞𝗼𝗽𝗶: oooh I actually loved this the most. It tasted like muah chee/sesame paste but kopi-fied. Super nutty and flavourful, and I loved that there was actual grounded sesame seeds in the drink!
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If anything, I found that Coffee Break’s drinks diluted really really quickly, with the Black Sesame flavour being the only exception. Still they’ve got a fab range of drinks and I’d say give em a try anyway; perhaps the hot beverages would fare a lot better.

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For some reason every time I see an iced latte with like a really dark, syrupy espresso, I always think “Ooooh how amazing would that be if it were a gula melaka latte.” So when I spied a Gula Melaka Latte on @fangkocoffee’s menu my inner weirdo did a celebratory dance. Verdict: not bad, really not too bad at all! I love that there’s a good bitterness and boldness to the drink, the coffee clear and discernible, with a caramel, nutty sorta sweetness coming through from the palm sugar. I do wish for the earthy, toffee-like flavour of the gula melaka to shine through more; but this is tasty as it is and I’m happy to have at least fulfil my dream of tasting a gula melaka latte.

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Honestly I thought Fahrenheit Coffee was a rather pretty and chill space, but the slightly confusing spa-mix-french-mix-r&b playlist had us like wuuuuut 😶 The coffee though: very very decent! We had their Iced Black and Hot White, both of which were alright. Their beans lean towards the acidic end — which isn’t my preferred flavour profile but is still aight — the Iced Black citrusy and acidic while still boasting a good boldness. That however meant that their White fell rather flat, since all that acidity was neutralised. Still, good microfoam and texturing of the milk so save for my personal preference this was a rather well-pulled cuppa.

I was a wee confused by our coffee experience at Equate, cause for some reason all our drinks had vastly different flavour profiles. For some reason the iced and hot has very different flavour profiles. The Hot White was well-balanced, fairly bold with a good dose of nuttiness and a mild acidity towards the end. The Iced White though had an intensely strong hit of pure bitter gourd sorta bitterness that lingers on your tongue for minutes after. Considering that their hot white was pretty good, I expected their Iced Black to be alright. However it turned out exceedingly bland and diluted, with only an extremely mild touch of acidity as any hint of a flavour.

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Sometimes I do feel obliged to say yeaaaaah taste is subjective and what I don’t like you may find fab etc etc; but in the case of their White Cold Brew ($7.50) imma stick strongly by my verdict that it was 🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️ Summing up my experience, this tasted like water stained with milk. I could barely taste the coffee or the milk, I’d go as far as to say it was like an ounce of latte topped up with water — that’s how diluted it was. Be my guest and try it for yourself; I’d love to hear if your experience was better, and perhaps giving me an impetus to check it out again.

The friendly staff recommended that we gave their Soul Plane (piccolo + single shot) a go, because it best showcases the flavours of their espresso. I second that 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ The first thought that came to mind when I sipped on their espresso was “mmm this tastes like orange mocha”. Their exceedingly complex shot was very bold, boasting very distinct notes of citrus and chocolate, with a solid fragrant crema and a good hit of acidity too. I was a little surprised that their piccolo turned out rather acidic, considering how bold their shot was; but it was still a very well-pulled cuppa and I’ve got no complaints. I would suggest going for a black to fully appreciate the vibrant flavours of their espresso.

If there’s one thing I can’t live without, it’s my daily dose of covfefe. And if you’re like me, might I just recommend you keep a stash of Sarnies cold brews at home? I’ve had their Clean and Classic black on numerous occasions, and always found them consistent and reliable. Very clean mouthfeel, light on the palate while still boasting a good body. If you like your cups joe with some dairy though, I pinky promise their white cold brew isn’t any bit inferior either. “Rich and creamy” — this statement is très exactement. Full-bodied and bold, the bitterness of the espresso hits you smack right in the face at first, ebbing away to reveal discernible notes of sweet molasses. I love how nuanced the drink is, and how the flavours are beautifully and subtly layered together.

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The former needs no introduction I believe — I’ve written about it several times — but their take on the dirty chai has been one of my favourites for a long time coming. Fragrant but not overwhelming spices, well-balanced with a solid shot of espresso, and just enough frothed milk to smoothen it all out 👌🏻🥰

Tbh I’ve never liked affogatos. I’ve always found the resulting drink a lot more lacklustre than what the idea of rich, smooth, creamy ice cream and hot nutty espresso promises. Now, the only reason why I tried the one by PUNCH was cause they’ve got a mini brownie cookie in there as well. And boy oh boy was I surprised to find this the very fucking first affogato I enjoyed?!?! The espresso was bold and nutty, ice cream EXCEEDINGLY creamy, and what I particularly enjoyed was that the chilled espresso wasn’t at all acidic! I mean sure of course there was a lil acidity in there as with all well-pulled shots, but this had juuuuust the right amount of it. And then we’ve got that beautifully crackly cookie on top to seal the deal 🥰

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Not that the sando wasn’t good, but I honestly wasn’t expecting to find such a well-pulled cuppa here! Very well-balanced, with a good hit of bitterness and acidity that was not the least bit watered down by the ice as I sipped along. In other words, an exceedingly pleasant iced black.

Besides its fun yellow facade and crazy influx of influencer-seeded posts flooding (LITERALLY FLOODING) my stories, I was really really excited to try Flash Coffee because of their innovative creations and range of non-dairy milks. So we hopped on over while their 1-for-1 opening deal was still running, joined the hoard of people willing to wait 30min for a cuppa, and loaded up on enough caffeine for a family 🙃 To sum it all up: hits and misses, but in general they pull a good shot and some of their non-coffee beverages were pretty impressive. We tried their Melaka (Oat) Latte, Macadamia (Oat) Latte, Lotus Biscuit (Coconut) Shake, and Matcha-Damia (Coconut) Shake. While I liked that the flavoured coffee drinks weren’t too sweet so we don’t feel like we’re paying for overpriced bux, it also means that the flavours don’t come across pronounced enough. For one I was really looking forward to a good hit of fragrant gula melaka in the Melaka Latte, but honestly besides a mild nuttiness I really didn’t get much from it 🤔 The shakes were basically shaken non-espresso drinks, and I gotta admit i quite liked the Matcha-Damia! Great balance between the bitter tea and nutty sweet macadamia syrup 🥰

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Spending all my time eating (and eating) cause what else is there to do in small 🌞🌞 Singapore?

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