1. Nylon Coffee Roasters
An “oldie” but a goodie.
Let’s start with the tried and true. Nylon’s name is commonly found in many other posts about coffee because they were among the first to bring specialty coffee to Singapore. Founded on the couple’s love for coffee and experience abroad, Nylon boasts a very hands-on approach, from sourcing, roasting to brewing.
Highly recommended for those who want a simple, but decently brewed cup.
2. Apartment Coffee
A personal favourite of mine and an absolute gem of a place.
I’ve lost count of how many afternoons I’ve spent in this beautiful and well-lit coffee studio simply musing about life. As its name suggests, this place feels like a cosy apartment where you can take time to slow down and enjoy your coffee.
Despite being a relatively new place that opened its doors in 2018, it has definitely wormed its way into many coffee aficionados’ hearts. Be forewarned that the place is usually really packed during the weekends!
Apartment boasts quality beans, friendly and talented staff who produce really yummy brews, every time.
P.S there is a bonus cute doggie, Lizzie, who is always there, just chilling 😉
3. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
A quaint coffee house that shows you we can have the best of both tradition and modernity.
Apart from its coffee, I greatly appreciate the history behind Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee and the traditional aspects that is imbued into its coffee philosophy. This place draws inspiration from its namesake, Mr Tan Tiong Hoe, who started his coffee journey at age 16. Mr Tan learnt everything from the ground-up, from coffee roasting to repairing coffee machines and even delivery trucks.
His love for traditional coffee has blossomed and allowed his son, Mr Jacob Tan, to found Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee as a step forward into the world of Third Wave Coffee.
For those who are unable to make it to the Stirling Road branch pictured above, Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee also has a counter at Vivocity Fairprice Finest.
A unique point about Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee is the offering of raw coffee beans for sale, which they will then roast on-the-spot, according to your personal preference! (For the uninitiated, there are different levels of roasting for beans, which will then affect the taste and body of the coffee. ie light, medium and dark roast)
4. Homeground Coffee Roasters
Homeground Coffee Roasters, though relatively new, has swiftly taken the local coffee scene by storm. Their trump card? Ms Elysia Tan, who is both the founder of Homeground and also the Singapore Brewers Cup 2019 Champion.
Seriously though, for at least once in your life, you need to try the coffee that Elysia makes. Her coffee is indescribably perfectly extracted, it makes the clouds part and sing Hallelujah. (Did you know that good coffee tastes “sweet” without any sugar?)
Homeground has also branched out beyond serving only coffee. They now have a brunch and desserts menu for the perfect weekend hangout.