Cold Brews is the process of steeping coffee grounds in water at cool temperatures for an extended period.
The difference between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee is, other than fact that one is “in trend” and “hipster”, is that coffee beans used in Iced Coffee is first heated than cooled down, whereas beans used for Cold Brew is never heated.
As the grounds are not subject to intense heating, this results in lower acidity levels, and general lower caffeine content (in equal volumes).
12 Refreshing Cold Brews In Singapore
Old Hen Coffee Bar
88 Rangoon Road #01-03 Singapore 218374 (Farrer Park MRT Exit B)
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 6:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Cold Brew Coffees, Dark Cocoa and Cold Matcha Milk
Old Hen Coffee is one of the first few cafes in Singapore to offer bottled cold brew coffees, offering
Black Cold Brew ($6) which is unsweetened without milk, and White Cold Brew ($6.50) lightly sweetened with milk.
The café rotate the beans their use for coffees, primarily using beans from Nylon Coffee Roasters, Heart Roasters, Oriole Coffee Roasters, and Sister Bruce Coffee Roasters.
Other than the cold brew coffees, I also enjoyed the non-coffee bottled ones, especially the Cold Matcha Milk ($7) made using matcha powder directly imported and air-flown from Ippodo Tea Co. in Kyoto. (Not the ramen shop).
One of my personal favourites.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150, Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207563 (Lavender or Farrer Park MRT)
Tel: +65 6396 0609
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) along Tyrwhitt Road in the Jalan Besar district of Singapore, has been one of the most popular places for third-wave coffee drinkers.
Of course, it is home to the Papa Palheta brand too.
The Cold Brew is made using Ethiopia Suke Quto coffee beans, designed to be slightly stronger as it would be slightly diluted when served over ice.
The White Cold Brew uses the Throwback blend instead, comprising of Brazil Samambaia and Indian Thippanahali, and is dark chocolatey, creamy-bodied and slightly sweetened.
6 Duke’s Road Singapore 268886 (Botanic Gardens MRT)
Tel: +65 6314 2674
Opening hours: 8am – 7pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Lunar Coffee Brewers
Downtown Gallery, 6 Shenton Way Singapore 068809 (Downtown MRT, Telok Ayer MRT, Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6224 4500
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun
The Milky Way ($7) which is offered at Atlas Coffeehouse and Lunar Coffee Brewers (opened by the same team) is one of my favourites.
The white Cold Brew Coffee uses beans custom-roasted by 2 Degrees North Coffee Co.
It uses a house-blend of Brazilian and Guatemalan coffees, with complimenting flavours of chocolates, nuts and caramel. Smooth, creamy, quite strong, and lightly sweetened.
The Cosmos ($7) is the black Cold Brew Coffee, and uses single origin coffees either from Colombia, Ethiopia or Kenya where a fruit-forward cuppa is commonly sought after.
The Populus Coffee & Food Co
146A Neil Road, Singapore 088875
Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon), 9am – 4pm (Tues), 9am – 10:30pm (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat), 9:30am – 10:30pm (Sun)
The Populus’s White Cold Brew ($7.50) is designed to showcase their seasonal speciality coffee blends.
Mildly sweetened, with silky texture, and is quite robust yet refreshing. Probably will have broad appeal.
Stamping Ground Coffee
87 Upper East Coast Singapore 455223
Tel: +65 9070 7610
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Stamping Ground Coffee’s Cold Brew is slightly different from the rest, offered in a “Knock Out Concentrate” small bottle ($6 for 100ml, made using Papa Palheta’s Throwback Blend.
You can drink it straight up from the bottle for an immediate boost, or enjoy it with your choice of medium of whole milk, skinny milk, soy milk, fresh coconut water or almond Milk.
The 100ml cold brew coffee concentrate bottle is supposed to be travel friendly as it can be hand-carried on the plane.
d’Good Café at Holland Village
273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02 Singapore 278992 (Holland Village MRT)
Tel: +65 6219 9807
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
391 Orchard Road #B1-56 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6694 1411
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
d’Good Café offers a variety from D’Black ($7.00), D’White ($7.50), D’Infused ($8.00) which is cold drip coffee with a touch of floral lavender and earl grey tea finish. Coffee and tea rolled into one.
What I want to highlight is the D’Unknown ($7.50) where you get dutch ice drip with coffee, Hokkaido milk with a SECRET flavour. Seasonally changed, and you can put the taste buds to the test.
The last I had was a Rose, which was pleasantly floral and refreshing.
73A Amoy Street, Second Floor, Singapore 069892 (Telok Ayer MRT Exit A, Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit G)
Tel: +65 8742 8908
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH
Dapper Coffee’s Cold Fashioned ($6) uses single origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, and is a rapid infused cold brew coffee by using a vacuum machine.
Jelly powder will be added to the cold brew, then set in the chiller overnight. The Dapper Cold Fashioned is also garnished with a slice of dehydrated orange.
If you would like something more gimmicky, there is also a Gold Brew ($10) made using a blend of Brazil and Sumatra beans, slightly sweetened and infused with edible sparkles.
Compound Coffee Co.
31 Kaki Bukit Rd 3, #01-02C Techlink, Singapore 417818 (Eunos MRT)
Tel: +65 9126 7398
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 11 am – 6pm (Sat)
Boutique coffee roaster Compound Coffee Co.’s Cold Brew ($7.00) uses quality coffee bean from Etophia. Beans are roasted locally, and cold brewed using a slow drip tower.
The tower involves a filtration process with iced filtered water for over 12 hours, to procure the end result – a complex, smooth and tasty brew with smoother tea-like textures, and more floral and fruity flavours.
33/35/37 Kampong Bahru Road Singapore 169354
Tel: +65 6222 4869
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 9am – 12am (Fri, Sat), Closed Tues
Strangers’ Reunion’s signature bottle Cold Brew is the White Magic ($7.00), made with fresh espresso shots, milk and a touch of cream.
The café has also newly launched 2 flavours – Matcha and Sea Salt Chocolate (both $7.00).
138 Market Street, #01-01/02/03, Singapore 048946 (Raffles Place, Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
While Grain Traders may be known for its protein rice bowls, the White Cold Brew is also not to be missed.
Using a blend from Papa Palheta, the brew is made with beans from the Thippanahalli Estate in India, and the Brazilian Ponto Alegre region, resulting in a chocolaty, nutty and milky drink.
The Assembly Ground
2 Handy Road #01-21, The Grand Cathay, Singapore 229233 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Tel: +65 6733 3375
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Founded by the people behind Benjamin Barker, The Assembly Ground offers White, Black and Matcha Cold Brew.
The White Cold Brew ($8) is brewed using Nylon Coffee Roasters single origin blend, with the café’s own touch for a depth of sweetness.
As for the Black Cold Brew ($7), it is also refreshing and aromatic, with hints of black grapes and chocolate.
Park Bench Deli
179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 4:00pm (Sat), Closed daily from 4 – 5pm, Closed Sun
Some may not know that sandwich makers Park Bench Deli also offers quite decent Cold Brew – the White ($8) and Black ($7) under the Working Coffee Class label. Smooth and rather strong, should be suitable for CBD peeps.
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