Wake up and smell the cold coffee
Wake up and smell the cold coffee
- By Joyce Lim
- | Jul 20, 2020
You gotta admit, we Singaporeans love our coffee. Be it a classic latte or kopi siew dai, we probably wouldn't be able to get through the day without our daily dose of caffeine. It's no wonder cold brews are such a hit in Singapore, with their richer and more intense flavours, and more importantly, being chilled so it keeps us chill in this sweltering weather. Here, we list some of the best places to get a cold one.
Tucked away in a cozy shop outside Bukit Timah Plaza, Boyle’s Coffee claims to be the world’s first cold brew coffee bar. Seems legit? Come by and give it a whirl. Boyle’s Coffee does it the Dutch way—which may commonly be confused with the normal method of making cold brew coffee. Dutch coffee uses the drip method only, simply dropping cold water over ground coffee. They serve a wide array of iced and hot coffees such as Dutch Vanilla Latte, Nitro Caramel Latte, and the Dutch Americano. The actual Dutch coffee concentrate is also sold here, so if you have a coffee maker at home, bring some home to explore this cold brew wonderland. The coffee is sweet and bright when served chilled, but has a deep aroma and a smooth texture when served hot.
Since their expansion to a bigger space on Guillemard Road, east side favourite Brawn & Brains have only gotten better. Their own house blend cold brews are delicious as always, dishing out bold notes of chocolate and nuts. Have it with a good selection of pastries and brunch items to complete your coffee run here. Want something even more refreshing? Have their Coffee Beer made in collaboration with Singapore's own Rye & Pint.
This chic industrial-looking cafe in a former hardware store needs no introduction; they sell gourmet coffee, as well as other gadgets and gifts. Their classic black cold brew is made from Ethiopian beans from the Suke Quto farm, which gives off citrus and floral notes. The white version is creamier, and has a rich hazelnut and dark chocolate taste. Also give their nitro cold brew a try—it's creamy and has a malty flavour. A cool place to hang out with your friends if you’re tired of the buzzing city or typical cafes.
No stranger to the Singapore coffee scene, Common Man Coffee Roasters is a specialty coffee roaster, wholesaler, cafe and academy all wrapped into one. Their cold brews are roasted in-house, but do note that they only serve the black version. Their nitro cold brew is freshly brewed at least twice a week with their favourite single-origin coffees, which gives it a silky smooth coffee texture.
This cafe from the same guys behind Stangers' Reunion has two cold brews. Their White Magic is ever-popular, thanks to it offering plenty of flavour while being light drinking, making it a good post-meal choice. Or try their newer—and our favourite—Coconut Cold Brew, made using cold-pressed coconut juice, actual coconut water and filtered coffee, for a truly refreshing cold brew that is smooth and fragrant in more ways than one.
Hidden on the second floor of a shophouse along Amoy street, Dapper Coffee not only sells cold brew coffee, but also plenty of tantalizing baked goods. Truth be told, they've caught our eye with their signature sparkling drinks. Yes, it’s as gimmicky as it sounds—shimmering gold dust infused into their usual cold brew to make Gold Brew, priced at a whopping $10 per bottle. But we guess it does make for a good party drink; you can order them by the pack online here, too. The coffee, made from Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans, is still strong yet light with the right amount of acidity. And if you prefer it the classic way, fret not because you can also get Dapper Coffee’s Cold Fashioned (an apt name) at a more reasonable price of $6.
Previously notable mainly for its mystical theme and quintessential brunch eats, Enchanted Cafe along Rangoon Road has now gained traction for its cold brew beverages too. Apart from the usual White, Black and Mocha flavours, the diner also offers the Matcha Latte, Rose Chocolate and Bandung. Plus, if you’re still working from home and desperately need the additional pick-me-up, get the entire slew of brews delivered to your doorstep by ordering via the cafe’s website.
Known for its African theme and unconventional mains, Kafe Utu serves some of the best cold brews around Jiak Chuan Road. Find the Utu Ink, a bottled black brew that comes with a slice of lemon to enhance the acidic flavours in the coffee; as well as Uchawi, the bottled white brew that’s insanely creamy thanks to the addition of heavy cream and fresh milk. And don’t forget to give their Ibada “Ritual” a try while you’re there too. It’s a strong and bold quad ristretto shot over chilled Hokkaido milk.
This CBD cafe is so aesthetic you'll be tempted to dine-in even though you initially only came to get a cold brew to-go. Go black or white with their Cosmos and Milky Way cold brews. The former is balanced with plenty of kick, while the latter is creamy and silky—both are out of this world. If you prefer eating your coffees, try their soft serve version of the Milky Way. Better yet, have both together for a cosmic explosion in your mouth sure to perk you up.
Having recently arrived in Singapore from Jakarta, Indonesia with its signature coffee beverages such as the shaken Latte Freddo alongside a solid range of cold brews, head to suburban mall Jem for a taste of Maxx Coffee’s aromatic drinks. Steeped in room temperature water for an entire day to extract a smooth coffee flavour that’s lower in acidity, try the Caffe Latte Double Shot or Cold Brew Black to enjoy bold caffeine notes. All served in handy little bottles ready to be taken home, feel free to grab the Hibiscus Lemonade Tea or Belgian Chocolate to-go as well.
This classic coffee bar is most famous for its creamy white cold brew coffee which strikes a delicious balance between bitter and sweet. Besides their black cold brew, they also have other interesting flavors such as Mocha, Dark Cocoa and Matcha, so try this if you’re looking to expand your cold brew coffee horizons. Oh, their cold brews are uniquely packaged in a beer bottle too, which should put you in a fun mood.
Finally, a place in town where you can easily get your cold brew coffee fix. Just located outside 313@Somerset , this popular brunch cafe serves in-house cold brewed coffee in Taisho black and white, named after the era in which coffee was most popular in Japan. If you’re sensitive to dairy, you’re warmly welcomed at Oriole with a version of their cold brew coffee made with Taisho M.A.D milk, a cold-pressed nut milk made fresh daily using macadamia, almonds and dates. Also check out their nitro cold brew and the Death Cream, which you’ll find is a delicious concoction of vanilla beans, espresso and cream.
A fantastic place for some hearty grub (think cheesesteak sandwiches, fried chicken and French toast), Park Bench Deli also stocks decent cold brew. Their very own coffee label Working Class Coffee is an independent, locally owned coffee roastery, creating its very own blends so you’ll be able to choose the one that best suits your craving. It's also at a really convenient location for the office folk, so get your shot of caffeine with the their black or white cold brews. And given PBD's track record, we're keeping our eye out for future pop-ups that might happen around the island, too.
Another cafe that takes its coffee very seriously is The Populus Coffee & Food Co. at Neil Road, that offers one special cold brew beverage for those who like their coffee steeped and chilled. Populus’ White Cold Brew Coffee is bound to satisfy all caffeine addicts with its bold coffee notes, but if you want more, the cafe serves cold brew iced teas and plenty of other espresso-based beverages too.