The last time I wrote about 40 Hands Coffee at Tiong Bahru was 8 years ago in 2010.
I remember loving the coffee and the vibes, but didn’t quite fancy the café’s “erratic service”. However, I have almost become a regular there if I need caffeine and need to escape the heat at Tiong Bahru.
Few would have expected that it was the start of a hipster coffee “revolution” and the gentrification of the humble Tiong Bahru Estate.
Who cared about third wave coffee and Instagram a decade ago? Times have of course, changed.
The NEW 40 Hands is located at 226 East Coast Road, a stretch peppered with eateries selling chicken rice and Korean cuisine.
The café was named 40 Hands because 20 people are required in the production of its coffee, from plant to cup.
It is the product of Spa Espirit Group and barista Harry Grover, who are also behind Common Man Coffee Roasters.
Other than coffee, the café at East Coast serves up brunch items such as Smashed Avo on Toast, Eggs Benedict, Homemade Granola, Banana Bacon French Toast and Eggs Cocotte.
I always go for the Tau Sar Pau – not cheap, but somehow extra fluffy, not too sweet, and goes well with a Cold Brew.
Forty Hands – East Coast
226 East Coast Road Singapore 428923
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
Forty Hands – Tiong Bahru
78 Yong Saik Street #01-12 Singapore 163078
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm