[Updated May 2015] Percolate at Bedok North just got bigger, and hipper. They took over their neighbour’s shop and spots a turquoise-green and woody interior.

Food includes Banana Date Loaf ($6.50), Organic Granola ($7), Croissants ($3.50-$4.50) and Sandwiches ($7-$10). The Tom Yum Grilled Chicken Ciabatta is calling out to me. Prices remain affordable. Yeah.

(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)

[Original Entry] A café at Blk 136 Bedok North Ave 3. Wow. Third wave cafes are opening everywhere in Singapore, and this makes good news for the easties. Our HDB estates are becoming more hip, and imagine aromatic coffee just a few blocks away.

Percolate is a humble small café opened by a few friends, the barista formerly from Loysel’s Toy. The name has nothing to do with chocolate, but describing a process where liquid “passes through a porous substance or small holes.”

Coffee is sourced from Papa Palheta (Terra Firma) and Nylo Coffee Roasters (Four Chairs Seasonal Espresso), tea from Amuse Projects, cakes from Cakestand and breads from B.A.O.

Prices are friendly, and service is friendlier. A 5-oz white sets me back by $4.50, the benefit of being set in a lower-rental neighbourhood.

Percolate uses Papa Pahelta Terra Firma. I had my initial reservations because a few cafes didn’t exactly do the beans justice.

This cup did not let me down – balanced yet vibrant bend, with a slight nutty flavour and bittersweet chocolate finish. I kind of liked the size, sometimes less is more.

I loved Cakestand’s Red Velvet. Finally one of those few red velvets that does not taste artificial, and interestingly taste fruity and feels slightly wet.

Food wide, you can head over for some Barista Granola ($8.50), Banana Loaf ($10), Soba Salad ($13.50), Prawn Curry Mash ($13), Black Pepper Beef Couscous ($14), Duck Breast Congee ($13) and Unagi Soba ($14.50).

They also offer Croissant Sandwiches filled with Curry Egg Mayo ($7), Ham & Cheese ($7) and Hae Bee Hiam ($8); as well as a selection of cakes of Pistachio Lemon ($7), Orange Berries Passionfruit ($7), Carrot Cake ($7), Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana ($7) as well as the recommended Rootbeer Chocolate ($7).

(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)

Percolate feels like an honest, unpretentious, cosy café, and certainly sets to bring more life to the Bedok neighbourhood.

(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)

Percolate Coffee
136 Bedok North Avenue 3, #01-152B Singapore 460136
Tel: +65 82590316
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

Directions: Bedok MRT Station.From Bedok Mall, take service 28, 67 and stop at Blk 403 (3 stops). Cross the road to Blk 136

Other Cafe Entries
FatCat Ice Cream Bar (Bedok North)
Coast and Company (Siglap Drive)
NOM No Other Meaning (MacPherson)
Tolido’s Espresso Nook (Crawford Lane)
St Marc Bakery & Bar (Parkland Green)



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