Looking for freshly roasted coffee in Singapore? Wake up early and drop by these cafes and coffee roasters to get quality blends from around the world
How we like our mornings in the CBD? A nice hearty breakfast and a side of caffeine. Coffee is a huge part of the average Singaporean’s day. While we still love our budget cup of kopi-o, there’s something about specialty coffee and all the complex techniques that really intrigue us. Best if the beans are roasted in-store! Bring on the caffeine, here’s our collection of coffee roasters in the city.
Another place to check out in the enclave of restaurants and cafes in Upper Thomson, Thus Coffee is a humble spot to spend the morning in. With hearty grub and a menu that keeps things fresh (it’s always different), the great coffee – the beans are micro-roasted in-store! – is just a bonus.
Thus Coffee, 4 Jalan Kuras, Singapore 577723
Blink and you’ll miss this mini coffee bar along Amoy Street. Still, do stop by this take-away kiosk that serves taste-kicking coffee which makes for a perfect start to your day. Their coffee is roasted in-house, and in small batches to ensure freshness and some are bought directly from farms. There’s different flavours and characteristics of coffees so there is a favorite for everyone – just ask the friendly barista for your choices! And while you’re at the store, don’t forget to bag a donut or two for a snack.
Upside Down, 115 Amoy Street, #01-Lobby, 069935
Head down to the quiet heartlands of Yio Chu Kang and discover this new specialty coffeehouse. In this hole-in-the-wall boutique coffee roaster, every cuppa is brewed from beans that they roast themselves. Here, you can get aromatic single origin brews or even pick up a pack of its aromatic roasts in 250-gram packages. Prodigal Roasters also offers a curated assortment of toothsome sweet delicacies like the miso cheese tart and Rocky Road tart. Expect throngs of coffee aficionados and dessert lovers to fill up this cosy space in no time!
Prodigal Roasters, #01-112 Block 625, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9, Singapore 560625
Grounded by CMCR
If you swear by the coffee at Common Man Coffee Roasters, you’ll be glad to know that there’s another spot called Grounded by CMCR (just head upstairs!) for you to enjoy more top-notch Joes. Also founded by the team behind CMCR, this breezy, alfresco cafe is a brand new Insta-worthy space where you can slowly sip a great cuppa while taking shots of its lovely interior and latte art. What more could you ask for on a lazy afternoon?
Grounded by CMCR, #02-00, 22 Martin Road, Singapore 239058
Believing in their responsibility to get the beans to their drinkers in just-right condition, this Aussie specialty coffee roaster spends time and effort honing, not just their technique, but also the necessary sensitivity which makes coffee roasting such a refined craft. Coffee-lovers rejoiced when Toby’s chose Singapore for their flagship roastery and café in Southeast Asia back in 2011. Since then, Toby’s has established itself as a popular brunch spot and go-to café for a mean cuppa. You can pick up packs of their local blends or single origin coffee from the store, and don’t forget to check out their extensive range of brewing equipment while you’re there!
Toby’s Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216
Right across our office you’ll find this cosy coffee joint that boasts quite the collection of glorious roasts. From mocha to machiatto, all beans here are roasted in house. The tasty lunchtime nosh here is just as much a draw for us, so you’re bound to see some of the Honeycombers team here for an afternoon pick-me-up. Sarnies also aims to bring in ‘under-the-radar’ beans, which are currently only known to coffee experts, so keep a look out for updates. Truth be told, we really dig the beans in our own French press as it can get a bit acidic in-house.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601
Common Man Coffee Roasters
If you’ve had a sip of coffee at Common Man Coffee Roasters and marvelled at the glorious taste, you’re definitely not alone. A partnership between Harry Grover (also of 40 Hands), Aussie specialist roaster Five Senses Coffee, and the illustrious Spa Esprit Group, Common Man is the exclusive distributor for Five Senses in Southeast Asia. The beans are imported, roasted in-house (filter roasts are prepared in their Martin Road outlet while bulk espresso roasts are done at their larger roastery in Senoko), blended and distributed to other cafes.
Common Man Coffee Roasters, #01-00, 22 Martin Road, Singapore 239058
Before Common Man Coffee Roasters, there was 40 hands. Harry Grover’s first brainchild was conceived in collaboration with Spa Esprit Group, and was one of the pioneers of Singapore’s Third Wave Coffee movement. The cafe champions sustainability, direct trade and of course, spectacular specialty coffee made with fresh roasts. Good food goes hand in hand with good coffee, so it’s well worth sitting down to the wholesome brunch items like the Big Boy Breakfast and the poached salmon hash.
Forty Hands, 78 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 163078
Oriole Coffee + Bar
Opened by Keith Loh, winner of Singapore National Barista Championships (SNBC) in 2010, Oriole has won over a cult following of coffee enthusiasts locally and around the globe. Purveying only the finest and freshest Arabica beans, these beans are roasted locally before being brewed and retailed at Oriole Coffee + Bar’s outlets in the city.
Oriole Coffee Roasters, various locations.
Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
Nestled in the gourmand wonderland that is Pasarbella farmer’s market, Dutch Colony is a casual, open-concept café space. You’ll surely spot the racks of coffee beans (they retail over 10-12 carefully sourced single origins) and brewing accessories and equipment. It’s all about being involved in the entire bean to cup experience, so travelling to coffee farms and engaging the farmers is something that they earnestly advocate and practise. Interested to learn more about your favourite beverage? Check out Dutch Colony’s Facebook page for information on their slew of coffee workshops (at wallet-friendly prices) like coffee appreciation, coffee cupping, basic barista, and latte art workshops!
Dutch Colony Coffee Co., various locations.
Yet another Australian coffee chain, what’s special about this place is the fact that their coffee beans are sourced from all over the world. They do their roasting on-site, and even offer free tastings for customers! Dedicated to serving the best coffee brewed from the finest single origin beans and brewing techniques, you know your cup of coffee will be a great one. This one also gets our vote for best service.
Yahava Koffeeworks, 4 Jalan Gelenggang, Singapore 578188
Coffee is seasonal here at Compound Coffee and roasted in the store so you know you’re downing a fresh cup every time. Approaching coffee as both an art and a science, the folks here work hard to source the coffee through importers that have practices to display and ensure transparency, quality and sustainability. Sign up for workshops or classes or bring a pack of their coffee home so you can enjoy it beyond the store itself.
Compound Coffee, 31 Kaki Bukit Rd 3, #01-02C Techlink, Singapore 417818
Nylon Coffee Roasters
Everton Park is a coffee junkie’s heaven, and much of that credit can go to this hole-in-the-wall boutique coffee roaster. The good folks at Nylon are very dedicated – they often make trips to Central America to visit producers at the source and spend some time getting to know where the coffee you drink come from. Check out their journal for updates on new beans they have sourced or make your purchase online.
Nylon Coffee Roasters, #01-40, 4 Everton Park, Singapore 080004
Here at Liberty, roasting is of utmost priority at its quaint coffee bar. Their outlet is primarily used for roasting and retailing of coffee, and when they do open to public, you can expect throngs of coffee aficionados filling up the narrow shop space. If you’re wondering why their blends, like the signature speakeasy blend, taste familiar, Liberty also distributes to other local cafes like Artistry, Carpenter and Cook, and Patisserie G!
Liberty Coffee, 387 Jln Besar, Singapore 209002
As one of the pioneer independent coffee wholesalers and micro-roasteries in Singapore, Highlander has paved the way for its peers who’ve sprouted up over the years. Besides working towards the goal of providing top-class hand roasted coffees, Highlander also provides coffee training for public and aspiring baristas, retails espresso machines and other accessories for home and business uses, and offers coffee and café consultancy. Looking to get a taste of their famed Supremo blend, and grab a pack yourself, head down to their espresso bar along Kampong Bahru Road!
Highlander Coffee, 49 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169362
With a name that pays homage to the great Francisco Palheta, who charmed the wife of French Guinea’s governor to sneak coffee seeds back into Brazil and successfully kick-started the coffee industry there, you know they mean business when it comes to coffee. Currently operating and retailing through (or at the back of) Chye Seng Huat Hardware, they practise micro-production methods, allowing them to meticulously monitor and tweak the roasting process. They are also active in education, holding a slew of classes and roasting tours for the public and managing the C-Platform – an avenue for coffee enthusiasts to socialise, exchange knowledge, and collectively learn more about coffee.
Papa Palheta, The Annex, 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563
Tiong Hoe Speciality Coffee
You might be surprised to know that this specialty coffee house started back in 1960. Yes, Tiong Hoe exuded hipster vibes before hipster was even a thing. Besides serving a mean mocha, Mr. Tan Tiong Hoe himself also conducts coffee appreciation workshops for coffeephiles. Not to mention, this coffee guru has over 50 years of experience with his craft, so we’re sure you’ll learn tons from this expert.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, #01-1133, 170 Stirling Road, Singapore 140170
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