Goodbye Stamping Ground Club Street. Hello Stamping Ground East Coast.
Stamping Ground Coffee previously located on Club Street has moved to 87 Upper East Coast Road, citing “lease ended” as the reason.
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape))
The café also shares space with Dawn Q (florist) and East Mezzanine (venue space), ensuring efficient use of resources and aromatic blossoms while you sip your cup of coffee.
‘Stamping ground’ mean a habitual or favourite gathering place, and the choice of name for chic-contemporary coffee place is quite appropriate.
I observed that there were more communal tables and counter seating, giving rather “Aussie cafe” vibes for interactions and chats.
Opened by Charlene Chow and Shuwei, they were friends since secondary school and always had the dream of opening up their own coffee place.
Charlene is the main barista behind the Italian La Marzocco. Beans from Papa Palheta are used – I spot the rich, heavy bodied Throwback blend.
Here are some changes: The Cold Brews previously available in taller glass bottles are changed.
They are now brewed, bottled in-house as “concentrate”, to be added with milk, fresh coconut water and fresh almond milk ($6, $8, and $8 respectively).
Charlene pointed out an aeroplane icon printed on the bottle, which indicated that this smaller-sized bottle could be brought up the plane. She had the idea after regular customers commented that they needed stronger doses of caffeine on flight.
I like the strong coffee for it smooth texture and slightly fruity taste, and worked refreshingly well with fresh coconut water.
The revamped café also has an expanded food menu, with simple offerings such as Bacon Jam Brioche ($13.50), Tuna Croissant ($13.50), Beef Pastrami Sandwich ($15) and Mushroom Toast ($14.00).
The Bacon Jam ($13.50) fortunately tasted better than how it looked and sounded, with sweetish-savoury bacon jam tasting like soft ang-moh version bak kwa spreaded on soft, lightly toasted brioche, and cutting it through would reveal oozy baked egg in the middle.
While the previous outlet at Club Street is a straight-forward takeaway coffee place, I much liked the present incarnation, with more character and energy. A most-possible cafe in the east to chill the afternoon away with friends, provided the space does not get too crowded.
Stamping Ground Coffee
87 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455223
Tel: +65 9070 7610
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues