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 do we like our mornings? With 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 top coffee roasters in the city.
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Bacha Coffee boasts more than 200 single-origin coffees, flavoured coffees, fine blended coffees and even naturally decaffeinated coffees. While we recommend you sit down and soak in the opulence of the cafe, you can also choose to pick out several bags of coffee beans at the retail area to take home with you.
Bacha Coffee, #01-15/16 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
% Arabica Coffee
Available for delivery via GrabFood.
This minimalistic cafe needs no introduction since it’s been conquering one city at a time with its amazing brews. The beans here are sourced from all over the world in countries such as Ethiopia, Brazil and Japan, depending on the season. A popular choice is the Spanish Latte – mixed with condensed milk, it balances out the acidity with a mellow sweetness. Oh, and the magic happens at the back of the cafe, so feel free to take a peek at the roasting process before you grab a bag of beans to bring home.
% Arabica Coffee, multiple outlets including 56 Arab Street, Singapore 199753
Available for takeaway via Foodpanda, Deliveroo and GrabFood.
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, multiple outlets including 4 Jalan Kuras, Singapore 577723
Check out Shift on Instagram for the menu and order via WhatsApp +65 9107 1731 or +65 8268 0903.
Blink and you’ll miss this mini coffee bar along Amoy Street. Still, do stop by this takeaway 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 favourite 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, Singapore 069935
Call or WhatsApp +65 9450 0484 to order.
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 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 Cafe, #01-55, Macpherson Lane, Blk 81, Singapore 360081
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
Available for delivery via Deliveroo, GrabFood and Foodpanda.
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 cafe in Southeast Asia back in 2011. Since then, Toby’s has established itself as a popular brunch spot and go-to cafe 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
Order online for delivery.
From mocha to macchiato, all beans here are roasted in house. The tasty lunchtime nosh here is just as much a draw for us! Sarnies also aims to bring in ‘under-the-radar’ beans, which are currently only known to coffee experts, so keep a lookout 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
Call +65 6836 4695 or WhatsApp +65 9739 0704 to order or get delivery via GrabFood, Deliveroo and Foodpanda.
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
Order via GrabFood, Deliveroo and Foodpanda.
Before Common Man Coffee Roasters, there was Forty hands. Harry Grover’s first brainchild was conceived in collaboration with Spa Esprit Group, as one of the pioneers of Singapore’s Third Wave Coffee movement. The cafe champions sustainability, direct trade and, of course, spectacular 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, multiple outlets including 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, 96 Somerset Road, #01-01, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore 238163
Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
Order online for delivery, or order via GrabFood.
With several branches all over Singapore, Dutch Colony is a casual, open-concept cafe 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 the 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., multiple locations.
Order online for delivery or self-collection.
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
Get roast-to-order coffee delivered to your door! Perk Coffee brings your brew in whole beans, grounds, coffee pods or drip bags, using specialty beans from around the globe. From fruity Ethiopian Yirgacheffe to chocolate-y Brazilian Cerrado, there’s a roast for every coffee aficionado.
Perk Coffee, available online
Five Oars Coffee Roasters
Shop the beans from Five Oars Coffee Roasters for a home cafe experience. Intriguing names include Poseidon, a signature house blend with notes of cacao and hazelnut; Siren’s Allure, with the flavours of berries and dark chocolate; and El Mirador, a floral and fruity blend from Colombia. If you’re hosting a last-minute house party, it even offers an on-demand delivery service!
Five Oars Coffee Roasters, available online
Though the BeansGrocer isn’t a dedicated roaster, we have to give it a shout as it curates some of the most aromatic roasts from multiple brands. Think of it as a one-stop shop for delicious brews originating across the world, from Central America to Southeast Asia. And if you’re all about supporting local, it currently offers the largest curation of local coffee roasters (25 and counting!), including micro home roasters. Coffee lovers, if you wanna explore roasts from Singapore and beyond, pick up a bag or two from BeansGrocer! Perk alert: Use the code ‘HoneyCombersXBGSG’ for a 10% voucher! (Valid from now till 30 November 2020, first 50 customers only.)
The BeansGrocer, available online
Order online for delivery, free delivery for orders above $40.
Coffee here is seasonal and roasted in-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 Road 3, #01-02C, Techlink, Singapore 417818
Nylon Coffee Roasters
Order online for delivery.
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’ve sourced or make your purchase online.
Nylon Coffee Roasters, #01-40, 4 Everton Park, Singapore 080004
Order online for delivery.
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 the public, you can expect throngs of coffee aficionados filling up the narrow shop space.
Liberty Coffee, 387 Jalan Besar, Singapore 209002
Order online for delivery.
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 use, and offers coffee and cafe consultancy services. Looking to get a taste of the famed Supremo blend? Head down to the espresso bar along Kampong Bahru Road!
Highlander Coffee, 49 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169362
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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 this brand means business when it comes to coffee. It practises micro-production methods to meticulously monitor and tweak the roasting process. Plus, it’s 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, multiple locations including #02-19, Funan, 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
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You might be surprised to know that this 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
Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory
Open for self-collection.
Located in the bowels of Balestier, Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory Coffee has been in business since 1960. Coffee connoisseurs, be sure to check out its extensive collection of coffee beans from exotic locales such as South Africa and India. Even if you don’t have a coffee grinder, these folk will do it for you on the spot.
Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory, 328 Balestier Road, Singapore 329760