Beside bubble tea, Taiwan is also quite known for quality coffee and cafes.
All the way from Hsinchu in Taiwan, Wells Café 井井咖啡 has set up a temporary pop-up store at the NTUC Income Centre. You might have also come across its other outlet at Jalan Chow Thye, Georgetown if you have been to Penang.
Inspired by the word 井, which looks like paths crossing, Wells Café aims to be the intersection of such paths.
For a start, the place is small as it is mainly a takeaway kiosk.
However, the baristas are more than happy to explain to you how their beans are roasted, and the different notes of the coffee that you’ll be expecting. The passion they have for coffee is admirable.
I was recommended the Cappuccino (Hot $4.50, Cold $5.50) for something with a higher coffee content.
True enough, it was smooth and had hints of chocolate and orange peel. I appreciated that even after a while, the coffee was not too “stale” to swallow.
According to the barista, all the coffee beans are brought in directly from Taiwan.
Something that caught my eye was the Wells’ Black Bean Tea (Hot $5, Iced $6), which is not commonly seen in cafes.
This non-caffeinated drink helps in the detox of the body and water retention issues. Similarly, the black beans are of Taiwanese origin and flown directly to the café.
The drink had nutty and black sesame notes yet was very light on the palate. It seemed like the perfect drink after a heavy lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavours in this drink.
Wells Café is also partnering with NTUC Income’s community development and involvement arm – OrangeAid.
1% of their revenue will go to the Income OrangeAid Future Development Programme which helps youth from low-income households.
Their beans are also available for purchase at the pop-up kiosk.
Wells Café is only here until Feb 2020, but rumour has it that they may open another pop-up booth somewhere in Singapore depending on the response.
During this festive season, enjoy a 20% discount for any item purchased at Wells Café. Offer ends the 31st of December 2019.
Wells Café 井井咖啡
75 Bras Basah Road NTUC Income Centre Singapore 189557
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
* Written by DFD’s Café Correspondent @__sy_g. Songyu is a food and travel blogger whose hobby is uncovering hidden hipster cafes. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.