Here’s another good reason to visit Jewel Changi Airport.

% Arabica has opened a new outlet at this popular destination, a stone’s throw away from the iconic Rain Vortex. (While you are at Jewel Changi Airport, you can also check out other cafes such as Commons, Maison de PB, and JW360°.)

The design and look should appeal to many, in that signature clean and minimalist looking, complete with white-washed furnishing.

Here are 10 things about % Arabica:

1. The Jewel outlet of % Arabica is its first-ever outlet in an airport.

2. This is % Arabica’s 4th outlet in Singapore. The other branches are at Arab Street, 313@somerset and Holland Village.

3. The store is once again designed by Tokyo-based No.10 of Nomurakougeisha, who is responsible for the look of several of the brand’s other stores.

4. Its founder and owner, Kenneth Shoji, established the brand on March 11, 2011 (He first started work for a trading company.) The brand’s mission is to grow % Arabica across unique land and cultures of the world, so that young baristas can “See The World Through Coffee”.

5. It grew further under the coffee leadership of Global Head Baristas Junichi Yamaguchi and Shu Konishi.

6. % Arabica’s very first flagship store actually started in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong in February 2013.

7. To reach a wider base, the store then moved to Higashiyama, Kyoto in February 2014 and became recognised as a coffee brand internationally. Therefore, it has always been thought as a Japanese brand.

8. It takes pride in using beans from its own coffee farm in Hawaii, and from around the world. (Kenneth also started trading green beans from around the world and became the sole-exporter of a Japanese roasting machine.)

9. The company strives to source all its beans directly from the origins. Depending on the season and availability, you can find coffees from Japan, Guatemala, Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Panama.

10. The outlet in Holland Village is the first to have a full food menu serving Beef Katsu Sando, Croque Madame, and Fedelini with Shiso Pasta.

The price of % Arabica’s drinks are generally to the higher side – Caffe Latte is priced at $7 for short, $8 for tall, while the iced version is priced at $8.

Other items include America ($6 for hot, $6.60 for iced), Spanish Latte ($7.80 for hot, $9. for iced tall), Matcha Latte ($8.60 for hot, $9.60 for iced tall).

If you like a little sweetness to your coffee, you can try the Spanish Latte ($9 for iced) which was first created by % Arabica Kuwait, and includes sweetened condensed milk. But yes, $9.

What I personally enjoy is the Iced Caffe Latte, with smooth milky feeling, aromatic coffee, and balanced robustness.

Nothing fanciful here when it comes to food, with generally 3 pastries available – the Almond Croissant ($4.20), Pain Au Chocolat ($3.50), and Croissant ($3.20).

Decent coffee, slightly pricey, but cool ambience. Expected to be crowded, so remember to maintain your social distancing.

% Arabica – Jewel Changi Airport
Jewel Changi Airport, #01-K208 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore, 819666
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)

%Arabica Singapore – Arab Street
56 Arab Street Singapore 199753
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 8pm (Sat – Sun)

%Arabica Singapore – 313@somerset
313 Orchard Road #01-14/15 313@somerset Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)

%Arabica Singapore – Holland Village
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-58 Singapore 278116
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 8pm (Sat – Sun)

Other Related Entries
%Arabica Singapore (Arab Street)
Commons (Jewel Changi Airport)
Maison de PB (Jewel Changi Airport)
JW360° (Jewel Changi Airport)
Shake Shack Singapore (Jewel Changi Airport)

* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape.

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