It can be quite ambitious to name a café “Singapore Coffee”, with the objective of being the “purveyors of Asia’s finest coffee”.
But after knowing its background, then you realise there is a reason.
Singapore Coffee is helmed by Group MMM which is also behind investing in two well-known homegrown brands – Violet Oon Singapore and Janice Wong.
Founder Manoj Murjani is also co-founder and former CEO of luxury tea brand TWG Tea, and it is perhaps of no coincidence you get similar vibes.
Set within Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel (right next to new French crepe shop Gather), the interior of Singapore Coffee is likely leave an impression – blending between the classic colonial history, yet with local elements incorporated.
From the mechanical straw fans on the ceiling, ‘rattan’ chairs with modern design to the tiles, loads of details are placed on design.
The coffee place specialises in the finest selection of coffee beans sourced from selected plantations across Asia.
It offers ways in which customers can experience Singapore’s Kopi and seasonal Asian coffees by way of Siphon, Pour-over and Espresso extractions.
Signature coffee drinks to get include the Singapore Coffee Kopi ($7), Kopi Shake ($9), Iced Chico – cold brew with chicory ($12), and Grand Asia Collection by Siphon.
Be prepared to pay more here, with an Iced Long Black at $9 and Iced Latte priced at $10.
Customers may also question the price of the local coffee and tea, such as the Iced Kopi O at $6 and Iced Teh Tarik at $7.
Some may find paying that much for Iced Kopi ($7) not that worthwhile, and may choose an ‘upgrade’ with its Kopi Shake ($9) which is more foamy, served in a cocktail, and has rich-chocolaty aftertaste.
Fancy stuff, worth a try amongst other things in the menu.
To compliment the beverages, there are hand-baked pastries on offer which foodies may find familiar. (A full menu will commence from Summer 2020.)
I spotted the Kaya Swiss roll from Rich and Good Cake Shop as it was all rolled up in those familiar plastic sheets, with a piece sold at $6.
(Note that Singapore Coffee is still in the soft-launch phase and will be exploring with different bakers before finalising the choice for launch.)
It is of no surprise that you would find regular bakes from Violet Oon here, since both are under the same group.
Other than the Pineapple Tarts with Portuguese-inspired pastry and Peranakan-style jam, the star dessert should be the Gula Melaka Cake with Cashew Crumble. But they also gave it a twist here.
The Gula Melaka Cake is a rich butter cake infused with gula melaka, coconut milk and rum, then topped with cashew nuts.
The dessert is also served with a creamy scoop of ice cream, which you can drizzle espresso over.
Singapore Coffee may soon be known to be a place to have ‘atas’ coffee, and likely to appeal to visitors to Raffles Hotel.
While the OTT décor may remind some of other places such as TWG Boutique and even Bacha Coffee, there are distinct differences as this has a more local slant in both drinks and pastries.
Raffles Hotel #01-13, 328 North Bridge Road Singapore 188719 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 8878 7093
Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)