Homeground has arrived on Joo Chiat Road with an in-house roastery, artisan coffee and epic bagels...
Thank god for a good caffeine hit. Yes the coffee scene is evolving at lightning speed in Singapore, with small but serious players doing their thing, but you still need to know who can really deliver the goods. Homeground is the latest to arrive on the third wave with a spanking new cafe to house its roastery, and if you’re partial to hanging around Katong and Joo Chiat, this is going to change your weekend mornings…
It’s a minimalist space: decor is down to a row of skateboards, a restrained retail display and some retro tabletop grinders. Works by artist Mike Herabot are currently lining the walls, and we’ve gotta say, we’re suckers for the ceramic cups made by Bangkok ceramics studio Cone Number 9. Homeground is the caffeine hit this patch of Katong/Joo Chiat needs, and by 9.30 on a Saturday just a few weeks in, it’s already full.
Beans are roasted in-house by young gun Tay Mo Hing (take a peek behind a counter and you’ll see the machine and the man himself, and beans being leisurely scooped into tins for you take home. Like that chocolately, nutty Vanta roast you just mainlined? Pick up some beans for your personal stash, and bring the tin back for a little discount on your refill.
Homeground is also proving to be pretty neighbourly: on our second visit, a blend of Ethiopian and Rwandan beans, co-roasted with another local player, TAD Coffee, was making a cameo appearance. You can still pick up the Aviary seasonal blend for your home brew. The collabs are rolling out strong (next up is a night with a local beer brewery), so keep an eye out for what this crew has up its sleeve.
What else is on the menu? The food offering is compact, and don’t go looking for avo on toast. We’re loving the slices of cake by Woodlands Sourdough (hallelujah for the Katong crowd), and lineup of bagel sandwiches. Order one with just a spread of scallion cream cheese, but I’m a maximalist so went straight for the breakfast bagel loaded with bacon, egg, hash brown, bratwurst and Sriracha mayo. Oof.
One last thing: if you’re an alternative milk drinker (hands up over here), Homeground only serves oat milk. Soy latte people, don’t panic: these guys know what they’re doing.
Homeground; 475 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427682
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