The specialty coffee roaster and cafe has brought its brews, brunch fare and retail offerings to the East Coast

Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR) is one of those names synonymous with Singapore’s buzzy cafe scene. And its recent launch at Joo Chiat is a much welcomed one, as the new outlet in the East features exciting collaborations and monthly menu exclusives which highlight CMCR’s belief in embracing the community.

But first, coffee. With a central filter coffee brewing bar taking centre stage at CMCR Joo Chiat, the latest branch boasts the ideal platform to showcase perfect brews in the making while inviting the neighbourhood to access their coffee recycling programme which fashions coffee waste into usable wares.


CMCR also offers an impressive filter coffee selection from the brand’s seasonal rotation of regional single origins, with its Single Origin Coffee program showcasing the local growing environment, processing methods and commitment to quality of Single Origin Coffee.

Plus, for the very first time, CMCR has sourced a limited-release “Cup Of Excellence” coffee, to serve and sell exclusively at Joo Chiat. One of Ethiopia’s most complex and distinguished coffees, the Boledu #COE 21, Ethiopia, is produced using a mix of anaerobic and natural processing, delivering notes of tropical and dried fruits, fresh grape flavours and a sweet, warming mulled wine-like quality, as a result of carefully managed fermentation and drying.

Effortlessly complementing the great coffee selection is an elaborate menu boasting classic all-day breakfast, brunch favourites, salads, burgers, sandwiches and mains with a signature Common Man twist.


A must-try is the duo of Sourdough Pancakes, for instance. Sweet ($24) features chocolate almond ganache, almond praline, vanilla bean ice cream and zesty citrus marmalade, while its Savoury counterpart ($24) sees the fluffy breakfast staple crowned with crispy bacon, a Kampong fried egg, maple syrup and creamy seasoned butter.

Another house favourite is The Turkish Common Man Breakfast ($28) featuring a phyllo wrapped soft boiled egg, crispy crumbed sheep’s feta, pumpkin hummus, pumpkin seed praline and pita.

On the retail front, everything from a rotating list of blends, single origins and Uncommon (micro-lot) coffees to a curated selection of Loveramics ceramic ware that include Drippers, Brewer’s Tasting Cups and Jugs are exclusively available at CMCR Joo Chiat.


Finally, look forward to picking out products created through special collaborations; these include CMCR and Wild Boocha’s coffee kombucha as well as beauty products made with spent coffee grounds (Oasis Beauty Kitchen x CMCR).

Common Man Coffee Roasters is located at 185 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427456.

A version of this article first appeared on Epicure.