Korean coffee chain coffeesmith has soft-launched in Singapore at Orchard Gateway.
What to look out for are the proposed opening times, till 3:00am from Sunday to Thursday, and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday. (Do check their Facebook for confirmed opening times, since they are still in the soft launch phase, and may not be that ready.)
This will provide many a space to hang out after their late night movie and KTV sessions.
Coffeesmith has also followed the same formula of advertising aggressively in Korean dramas, from “It’s OK. That’s Love”, “Punch”, “Sweet Stranger and Me”, “Mrs Cop” and “Ruby Ring”, and has gained some popularity.
Its flagship outlet Gangnam-gu, Seoul has a beautiful, comforting setting and interior with natural lighting.
So coffeesmith in Singapore feels like a “Korean Starbucks”, offering a selection of coffee, frappe, draft beers, brunch items, waffles and cakes.
It looked spacious enough, though lacked of a strong personality and look.
The name coffeesmith is derived from the English suffix “-smith”, and their drinks are “crafted” carefully by blending 5 kinds of quality Arabica coffeebean.
On its menu include Café Americano, Latte, Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato, Vienna, Mocha, Vanilla Latte, priced from $5.00 to $7.00 for a regular cup, $5.50 to $7.50 for a large.
I had an Iced Latte ($7.00), and it was a cup I did not mind – balanced, not too acidic, and moderately strong to keep me awake.
However, the same could not be said for the Smith Iced Cereal Latte ($8.00) which was way too sweet, and I couldn’t handle after a few sips. My other friends thought similarly.
A pity considering “Smith” was attached to the brand, and would imply it was one of their signatures.
For desserts choices, you can choose from the Sunday Brownie ($8.50), Cappuccino Waffle ($13.90), Smith Waffle ($9.90) and Smith Honey Baguette ($8.90).
They ran out of waffles (!) but the Smith Honey Baguette ($8.90) turned out to be a pleasant choice, crispy fluffy baguette lightly coated with honey, which you could further dip into whipped cream and a berries jam.
A selection of cakes (heard it was from a supplier) included Pistachio Chocolate ($8.50), Seasalt Caramel ($7.90), New York Cheesecake ($8.50), French Vanilla Mille Crepe ($7.90), and Hokkaido Choco Milk Mille Crepe ($7.90).
Bearing in mind some of the cakes looked similar to the other cake café in the same building, coffeesmith’s was slightly cheaper but looked drier. The Pistachio Chocolate was decent, but a tad on the sweet side.
So when are A Twosome Place, Ediya and Angel-in-us coming?
277, Orchard Road #01-09A, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 8399 7900
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 3:00am (Sun – Thurs), 24 hours (Fri – Sat)