I still vividly remember the first outlet of Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee at Queenstown which started off as a coffee beans wholesaler, a vintage space that exudes coffee aroma the moment you step inside.
Here they are with their 3rd outlet located at Fusionopolis, sharing the same space as Super Simple that focuses on protein and salad bowls.
The 40-seaters space is beautifully decked in pretty pastel pink and blue tone with a botanical theme and a small coffee counter that can only accommodate 2 persons.
Frankly speaking, there are no shortage of coffee places at Fusionopolis, ranging from Bread Yard, Dutch Colony, One Man Coffee and Jimmy Monkey to coffee chains such as Starbucks and Huggs Coffee.
But what I admired most is the enthusiasm and the dedication of the folks behind Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, spending the time and effort to become a Q-grader (coffee industry’s most recognised and coveted certification system) so that they can continue to improve and serve better cups of coffee.
Their menu here includes items of Double Espresso ($3.50), Long Black ($4.50), Piccolo Latte ($4.50), Cappuccino ($5), Latte ($5), Flat White ($5) and Mocha Latte ($5.50) with add-on such as Ice (+$0.50), Espresso shot (+$1.20) and Oatmilk (+$1).
Their house blend is the same across all 3 outlets, a 2 beans-blend of 50% Colombia and 50% Guatemala roasted in house.
The result is a well-balanced, smooth, medium bodied with a chocolatey, caramelised and nutty taste in a 6oz cup.
I am a fan of their Cold Brew that comes in 4 different flavours: Amber Black ($7), Pollen White ($7), Mocha ($7.50) and the new Oat Zero ($8).
Instead the 330ml glass beer bottles used previously, the cold brew bottles were redesigned with a cap for easy storage instead of consuming the entire bottle at one go.
Using the same 1 hour steeping method, the same 2 beans-blend of 50% Colombia and 50% Guatemala used in their espresso-based drinks are used for their Pollen White ($7) with raw honey added.
The cold brew was smooth, refreshing and I must admit that it was pretty ‘potent’ in terms of the caffeine content.
The Oat Zero ($8) is something new to me and it means 2 things, both oat milk and de-caffeinated coffee beans are used to cater to those who are lactose and caffeine intolerance respectively.
Using coffee beans from Popayan Cauca, the caffeine is extracted using a natural by-product of sugar cane and water instead of high temperature.
Frankly speaking, it tasted just like a normal cup of caffeinated coffee because of the enhanced sweetness due to the special decaffeination process, sans the symptoms such as heart palpitations and headaches.
For the non-coffee drinkers, Chocolate ($6), Hand brewed Tea and Kombucha are also available.
Each of Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee outlets has their own uniqueness, from the old-school traditional roastery at Queenstown to modern roasting technology at their Vivocity outlet for consumers to roast their own bean and get the roasted coffee beans within minutes.
Their third outlet at Fusionopolis will serve as an experimental ground for oat cold brews in different flavours in the near future.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee – Fusionopolis
1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis, #01-28/29, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours: 8am – 3pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.