Chye Seng Huat Hardware is considered one of Singapore’s most iconic 3rd wave hipster coffee shop, with many foreign visitors making it on their café bucket list in Singapore.
The people behind them are from Papa Palheta, a ‘veteran’ Singaporean specialty coffee roaster and purveyor.
So Papa Palheta has recently rebranded themselves as PPP Coffee, with a new outlet at Funan.
This is interesting on a number of different levels.
Papa Palheta has been rather quiet in terms of café-openings in recent years, so a brand-new outlet for an indie brand in a commercial mall is worthy of note.
This is branded as an employee’s-only initiative, which means staff who have been with the company for a number of years will employ profit-sharing. This exercise is introduced to motivate staff and encourage retention.
The new PPP Coffee will feature a number of unique coffee offerings, alongside an archive of exceptional coffees.
These coffees represent some of the best roast and quite a number from their archive over the years – which have actually been kept frozen in their library below 18 degrees C.
Grinding these ‘vintages’ in their frozen form will allow for better flavour extraction for coffee.
A space is dedicated to an experiential brew bar for customers to have a go at brewing and interacting with coffee apparatus.
In terms of food, the primary focus now is on toasts, with a few interesting options such as Cream Cheese Hebi Hiam on sourdough ($7), Beetroot Hummus on wholegrain ($6), and Hazelnut Chocolate Sea Salt with sourdough ($6).
I am glad that beyond the typical sliced cakes and desserts, PPP Coffee has introduced local kuehs in their display – similar to Chye Seng Huat in which you would find Ang Ku Kueh in flavours of peanut, bean, salted bean, yam and sweet potato.
A highlight is the Ondeh Ondeh with coffee infused gula melaka filling ($5 for 5 pieces), which is perhaps closer to the real thing that the Ondeh Ondeh cakes we see all around.
On a personal level, I think that this Ang Ku Kueh goes extremely well with a Black Cold Brew or Filter Coffee; and can introduce millennials such as these heritage food they seldom get to try.
107 North Bridge Road, #02-19 Funan, Singapore 179105
Tel: +65 6299 4321
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
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