The number of cafes serving up cracking speciality brews has been on the rise lately.

No doubt, they are riding on the wave of a new tribe of coffee lovers who don’t only see coffee as an artisanal product, they’re also hungry to know about the details of every bean they drink, from harvesting to roasting to brewing.

Here are a few pit stops we love:

  1. Curious Palette

Expectations are high for this cafe when the owner is Ryan Kieran Tan, the World Siphon Coffee Champion 2015, ASEAN Barista Champion 2013 and three-time Singapore National Barista Champion, amongst other accolades.

Filter coffees here come in four brewing methods—aeropress, syphon, wave dripper and cold brew. We love their White Magic ($6.90) made with 50 per cent Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Red Cherry and 50 per cent El Salvador San Carlos beans, milk and a touch of cream, giving it a smooth, rich, smokey, chocolatey flavour.

Order a coffee flight—featuring two coffees of different styles and beans—and you’ll enjoy a short tutored tasting by in-house baristas. Ditto for coffee-and-dessert pairing options. For a more in-depth education in coffee, sign up for their coffee-brewing classes.
64 Prinsep Street. Tel: 6238 1068

  1. The Populus Coffee & Food Co.

The Populus Coffee & Food Co. at Neil Road is the flapship café of baristas Kang Yi Yang and Andrew Lek, co-owners of roastery 2degrees North Coffee Co.

Its main draw are seasonal single-origin coffees such as Kenya Thiriku AB-fully washed ($6.50) and Ethiopia Kochere Dumerso-natural ($6.50), as well as other specialty coffee blends. Hearty eats such as pulled pork grain bowl ($19.50) and buckwheat pancakes ($20.50) are also on the menu.
146 Neil Road. Tel: 6635 8420

  1. Caffè Vergnano 1882 Singapore

Enjoy Piedmontese espresso coffee at Caffè Vergnano 1882 Singapore, located at swanky South Beach.

Here, coffee is slow-roasted in 18-22 minute cycles to extract the maximum flavour and aroma out of the beans. Must-tries include their signature 1882 espresso blend ($3.50), and the Delizioso ($5.50 regular; $6.50 large), an espresso with foamed milk, Nutella and whipped cream. They also run workshops on topics such as latte art and coffee brewing.
B1-17, 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue. Tel: 6385 5579

  1. The New Black

Coffee appreciation is boiled down to an exact science at The New Black in Raffles Place. Find interactive tablets with taste wheels explaining the different flavour profiles of coffee while you sip your brew made with beans by artisan roasters from around the world.

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Some brands you will find here are Small Batch Roasters, Melbourne, Australia and Tim Wendleboe, Oslo, Norway, and Emilio Spezialitätenrösterei, Munich, Germany.
Republic Plaza, 9 Raffles Place. Tel: 6410 9318

  1. The Coffee Academïcs

The Coffee Academïcs (TCA) has recently opened a new outlet, Nitro Pitstop at Raffles City, upping the ante with advanced levels of coffee exotica.

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Try their nitro coffee ($10), pulled from a draft tap and served chilled, and signature coffee pepper agave ($6), a latte with Mexican raw agave nectar and black pepper, or crafted hand brews like the Costa Rica Jaguar ($6), made using the Caturra and Catuai varietals of Arabica coffee beans from the Los Santos region of Tarrazu. They undergo what is known as ‘the honey process’ to yield a fruity aroma of prunes and berries.
B1-12, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6266 0560

Cover: Curious Palette

This was first published in Wine & Dine’s March 2017 issue, Trending

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