Singapore’s Coffee Specialists

August 30, 2017

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40 Hands. Image courtesy of the venue.

You may not associate Singapore with killer coffee, but you should. The island has tons of fantastic options, from sleek, industrial-chic joints dedicated to single-origin pour-overs to snug spaces ideal for wiling away an hour with a nice cup of joe. Though you’re spoiled for choice, these are The HUNT team’s faves.

Nylon Coffee Roasters. Image by Dennis Tang.

The people behind Nylon Coffee Roasters work with superb sustainable international producers, from Nicaragua to Ethiopia. After establishing a relationship with the farmer, they bring the goods back to their small café and serve up java worth savoring, like the Biftu Gudina with lime, floral and honey notes.

The raison d’être at Tiong Bahru’s 40 Hands is to educate coffee drinkers and elevate their palates. Known around town for their tasty, directly sourced, specialty roasts (guess how many hands a bean passes through from tree to mug?), you won’t regret stopping by and ordering up a flat white.

Little India’s Old Hen Coffee Bar bottles killer cold brews that can be picked up from a fridge and come in two options: black or with cream, making for a delectable, no-fuss experience. These are a savior on Singapore’s warmer (than average) days!

Chye Seng Huat Hardware. Image courtesy of the venue.

Established by coffee maestro Papa Palheta, the trendy Chye Seng Huat Hardware offers a daily brew special, seasonal single origins and are well-known for their Nitro Black Matter, which resembles a pint of Guinness but is actually a cold brew served on draft.

Dutch Colony Coffee Co. is no stranger to caffeine aficionados here. Not only do they roast their own smooth, strong, nutty beans and supply their wares around the island, but they also host degustations, latte art workshops and basic barista training.

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Bedok, Percolate Coffee only has space to accommodate a small number of customers at one time, so if your biggest café pet peeve is hordes of hipsters, this may be your best bet. Aside from the usual suspects on the menu, this venue also has dessert coffees — their sea salt caramel and gula melaka (palm sugar) affogatos are divine.

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