For coffee lovers, The Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 is back – and is going to be better than the last.
This is where you can have all of the country’s best cafes together in a single place, to have the best coffee at a single seating.
The four-day festival will return at the spacious seaside venue Marina Bay Cruise Centre, from 4th August to 6th August, Friday to Sunday. (3rd August will be opened to media and industry participants.)
Organised by The Straits Times and presented by DBS, what you can look out for include more than 100 exhibitors, workshops, home roasting demos, flavour profile discovery classes, café talks and coffee degustation sessions.
The festival will also play host to the Singapore Aeropress Championships 2017, organised by Common Man Coffee Roasters .
Curious at what you will get to eat and drink? Here are some 10 of the highlights at SCF2017, many of which are up and coming cafes in Singapore:
Look out for: Semifreddo Dessert Capsule
A ‘cake’ that you can eat anytime, anywhere.
After a successful launch at the Singapore Coffee Festival the previous year, Pulse Patisserie’s cake capsules are back, with a different theme.
What you get are frozen drinks churned into an Iced Soufflé or Semifreddo. Two flavours to check out include Lady Fingers Soaked in Kahlua with an Espresso Nougat Semifreddo ($8.50) inspired from a coffee cocktail, and Chocolate Rum with Tobacco Ash ($8.50) made with edible ‘ash’. Fancy.
Look out for: Merry Melon French Toast, Damn Good & Damn Shiok Nachos
The Japanese-inspired café located at Duxton Road is bringing some of its signatures which include the 24-hour braised Beef Cheek Bowl ($10) and Salmon Poke ($12).
Making its special appearance at the Singapore Coffee Festival are the Damn Good Nachos ($10) and the Damn Shiok Nachos ($12) – nachos topped with cheese and pulled beef.
For something NEW, there is the Merry Melon ($19) which is a fluffy brioche French toast, with a balance of both sweet and savoury from the toppings of parma ham chips, mascarpone cheese, shiso and thyme-infused honey, fresh rock melon, fresh watermelon, and a scoop of homemade ice-cream made from Japanese rock melon puree.
Look out for: Handcrafted Coffee-Flavoured Gelato
This humble gelato café at River Valley Road handcrafts their gelato and sorbets in small batches, and you will get diverse flavours and edgy creations.
Some gelato flavours are created just once, and you may never get it again (perhaps only after a long time later).
During the Singapore Coffee Festival, there will be 8 special flavours of gelato – 4 coffee and 4 dessert inspired flavours. They go for $5.00 for a single scoop, $8.00 for double scoop. Cones are complimentary.
You should probably get your hands on the Kopi Gao, inspired by the local kopi for a rich intense coffee flavoured gelato; Affogato – a vanilla-based gelato with swirls of espresso coulis; and Kaya Toast Gelato. Yes, added with both home-made kaya and buttered toast.
Look out for: Coffee Pork Chop Bun, Castella Strawberry Cremeux and Chilli Crab Arancini
The French-inspired patisserie known for its inventive and delicate desserts, has just launched a castella cake collection.
You can expect to find this dessert in the form of Castella Cake and Cheddar Fondue and Crispy Bacon ($5.35), and Castella Cake and Strawberry and Creme Chantilly ($5.35) at the Singapore Coffee Festival.
The one unique item you should get your hands on is the Coffee Pork Chop Bun ($10.70), of deep fried pork loin with coffee glaze and caramelized onion, lettuce served with a house made buttered crusty white roll. Délicieux.
Hyde & Co.
Look out for: Hyde’s Chilli Crab Pasta, Pulled Beef Mantou
Halal-certified Hyde & Co. incorporates both novel and familiar flavours for its food, including its signature Chilli Crab Pasta ($12) of blue swimmer crab tossed in homemade spicy arrabiatta served with linguine, Pulled Beef Mantou ($10 for 3 pieces), Truffle Mayo Fries ($10) and Bolognese Nachos ($8).
The café is also known for its own tea blend, and you can imagine yourself in fairytale land with its serving of Addams Family Cold Brew Tea ($8) – a Turkish apple tea blend; and Into the Woods Cold Brew Tea ($8) – a tarty mixed berries tea with fruity notes.
The Dark Gallery
Look out for: Signature 66% Dark Chocolate Drink, Artisanal Ice Cream, Frozen S’more
The Dark Gallery has just opened in Singapore, and you should go for them if you are a fan of both dark chocolate and coffee.
At the Singapore Coffee Festival, get their Signature 66% Dark Chocolate Drink (Hot: $7; Iced: $8; made only with Valrhona’s gourmet fine chocolate couvertures and fresh milk) and Artisanal Ice Cream ($5 per scoop).
The ice cream is available in 80% Signature Dark Chocolate, 64% Single Origin Madagascar Dark Chocolate, 38% Signature Milk Chocolate, and Sea Salt Butterscotch.
The Frozen S’more ($7.50) should be an instagrammable treat, of fluffy marshmallow covering a cube of signature 80% dark chocolate ice cream encrusted with graham cracker crumbs. Torched upon order, best to go with coffee.
Look out for: Iced Maple Latte, Dark Cacao Brownie
Abbie’s Coffeehouse focuses in creating beverages, pastries and desserts with natural ingredients without any artificial syrup and colourings added.
The café will be launching 5 new beverages at the Singapore Coffee Festival, which includes Cinnamon Café Latte, Black Sugar Café Latte, Earl Grey Café Latte, and Iced Honey Latte and Iced Maple Latte.
My favourite dessert from Abbie’s Coffeehouse is the 70% Dark Cacao Brownie. Looking like a fat cookie, this had an enjoyable thin crusty exterior, with moist almost-molten inside. Slightly rich and chocolately.
Look out for: Chilli Crab Croissant, One In A Melon
Foxhole Café’s best-selling Chilli Crab Croissant ($15) melds Singapore’s iconic chilli crab within a buttery croissant paired with a unique side of raspberry chips.
Seen that melon softserve on a watermelon video going viral?
Foxhole Café has partnered with Koji to offer instagrammable treats of One In A Melon ($9.90) of melon softserve ice cream in a melon peppered with chocolate seeds, ‘Corn-fuse’ a grilled corn topped with charcoal soft serve ($9.90), ’24 Karat Gold’ gold ice-cream ($10.90), and Rainbow Works Magical Potions ( 1 bottle $8) of glittery unicorn and mermaid ‘tears’. If you believe in them.
The Pourover Bar
Look out for: Ninety Plus Coffee beans, Cold Infusion Brew and Cold Drip coffee
The Pourover Bar carries an impressive selection of premium beans (including a huge Ninety Plus Coffee range), Geishas and Limited Edition Makers Series Coffee imported from different parts of the world.
Limited quantity of Cold Infusion Brew and Cold Drip coffee are served daily. Each batch of Cold Drip Coffee ($7) takes approximately 8 hours to extract, resulting in an extremely clean profile.
For coffee lovers, there will be a special NinetyPlus Coffee Degustation workshop on 6 Aug (Sunday, 1030am) at a cost of $50 per participant. Participants will get an exclusive filter coffee degustation of eight different specially curated Ninety Plus Coffee that are single origin coffees with a rating/score of a least 87 and above.
Look out for: Almond Milk Cold Brew Coffee, Masala Cold Brew Coffee, Blue Pea Cold Tea
Formed by a retired couple who share a passion for coffee and living a healthier lifestyle, they created cold brews with little or no added sugar, artificial flavouring, colouring and preservatives.
Their signature beverages include Almond Milk Cold Brew Coffee Masala Cold Brew Coffee, Blue Pea Cold Tea and Basil and Mint Cold Tea – which will be launched at the Singapore Coffee Festival. Prices at $4.00 for the teas, $7.00 for the cold brew coffee.
Newly launched Coffee in a Cone from The Coffee Academics Singapore.
What’s more, each ticket comes with a festival goodie bag which includes 2 sampling drinks or snacks and more.
There will be a SCF Coffee Card available in your festival goodie bag for special discounts at more than 30 cafes and coffee places (valid till end August 2017).
DFD readers can also enjoy the discounted price of $18 (usual price $22) for your tickets with the Promo code: scf17xDFD
The Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
Venue: Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947
Date: 4 August – 6 August 2017 (3 August for trade and media only. Registration required.)
Time: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Each day will be divided into two sessions. Tickets are sold per session.
– Brunch: 10am – 3.30pm
– Sun-down: 4.30pm – 10pm
– Individual ticket: $22
– DFD readers (with promo code scf17xDFD): $18
For more details, head over to http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Singapore Coffee Festival.