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I was searching for coffee beans which suits my taste buds (bitter) for some time and all places were quite disappointing.
Decided to give Tiong Hoe a try after it was recommended by my friend however I didn’t have much expectations as all these while even those atas coffee places that serves coffee aren’t to my liking.
Lo and behold, the moment I had my first sip of coffee from India at Tiong Hoe, it blew my mind away and I am not exaggerating at all. It was so smooth and clean that my face immediately lit up knowing this is going to be my go to from today onwards.
What made this experience more amazing was the friendly and knowledgeable staff, Matthew and Jack whom willingly shared their knowledge. I left the place really satisfied!

Can’t find a decent coffee in vivocity until fairprice xtra opened recently! It’s just beside Swee Heng bakery at B2. We’ve been to their first cafe at Stirling and love their coffee. I am glad that they now have a little popup stall inside the supermarket for a quick coffee/take away.

The Starter Culture has found an avenue in Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee to sell their bottled kombucha fermentations of Ceylon tea and raw cane sugar. It’s a bit pricey at $8.60 per bottle compared to the coffees on the menu, but I actually really enjoyed the kombucha! Im not a fan of ultra fizzy and sour kombucha, but The Starter Culture’s version is light and sweet, it almost tastes like plum. There’s little to no dizziness, and I really love how fruity this fermented drink is. While I wouldn’t shell out $8.60 on the regular for this, I don’t mind treating myself and my gut once in a while!

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Located right inside a supermarket, this white cold brew is served like a soda in a 330ml glass bottle with a metal cap. The unique thing was that honey was added with milk to the coffee. This gave it a sweet creamy body yet still being able to enjoy the slight bitterness of the roasted beans.

Surprise coffee delivery from a colleague mid-afternoon! We didn’t even know that NTUC has opened in VivoCity already, much less that Tiong Hoe had also opened an outlet within.

Service was apparently very slow, as the three baristas were visited by many friends and were more concerned about being photographed than making the drinks. Our colleague lamented that it took more than 20 minutes to receive these two drinks although there was no one queueing ahead of her. In addition, the cups were very light and only approximately 2/3 full. Hmm. (Edit: apparently they serve 6oz of coffee in a 8oz takeaway cup. What’s the rationale for that I’m not sure, but if they specifically state that in their menu, then ok.)

All these aside, I was excited to finally try Tiong Hoe. I would have to say their coffee is indeed very aromatic with a full bodied roast. Note that the addition of oat milk into the cappuccino introduced a fair bit of acidity into the drink, but that’s up to personal preference.

Overall, I’m not that impressed after hearing my colleague’s experience when ordering and feeling how “not-full” the cups were. Well, at least we got to try Tiong Hoe.

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(NTUC took over Giant if you are wondering where). They have Cold Brew Mocha ($8) too, apart from the yummy White Pollen Cold Brew ($7.50). You can also get their beans there, and they can grind it for you too!