Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters at Upper Thomson appears to be a beautiful marriage between Oz Specialty Coffee and Thailand’s Pacamara Coffee.
Pacamara Coffee was first established in Changmai, finding more fame after opening its boutique café at Bangkok.
The name “Pacamara” came from El Salvadorean Pacamara Arabica coffee bean. The Thai owner Chartree Treelertkul sourced up to 70% of the coffee beans from his country, to show his support to the local community.
Their Roadster Blend has been one of my favourites found in Singapore. Tasting notes: smooth yet bold, with nutty notes of roasted nuts, chocolates, butterscotch and caramel. It isn’t overly intense or acidic, which you can savour slowly, complete with an elegant latte art. (Other place to get it is Les Patisseries at Toa Payoh)
Compared to the older incarnation at Thomson V Two, the new “Oz Speciality” café has such a clinical meet science lab interior, complete with white-washed walls and baristas in neat white long-sleeved. If you come during off-peak hours, I could imagine people loving the space to bits.
On the flipside, the very clean look and systematic procedures made the café feel devoid of some warmth.
There are no small tables here, only big and long ones or counter seats suitable for the individuals. Thus, you find couples coming in and finding themselves awkwardly in the middle of another groups’s space and conversations.
Maybe I had far too many sub-par café foods, their Signature Breakfast ($20) of egg, sausage, mushroom, hash, roasted tomatoes and multigrain toast with French jam was a tasty delight.
We had the poached egg, though not perfectly executed, smelled aromatic with traces of truffle oil in the hollandaise. Not too much, but enough to make that difference in taste.
Red Velvet Pancakes ($16) had a fluffy pillow texture, served with mascarpone and fresh berries.
For a light bite, the Chocolate Challah ($5) sourced from The Bread Table gets you licking your fingers for its runaway chocolate.
If there is a Top 10 Best New Café in Singapore 2014, Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters should easily get a spot.
Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333 (corner shophouse opp Shell station)
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm