Coffee and toast stall Mad Roaster at Amoy Street Food Centre has a different proposition, aiming to be a vehicle to support people in the refugee community.
They also have a new outlet at Joo Chiat inside Sugarboxing.
Opened by a part-time lawyer, Mad Roaster helps by commissioning tiny works of refugee art in the design of each of their customised logos found on the cups and products.
Buy a coffee to fulfil your caffeine craving and support a worthy cause. Why not? (I must have bought about 10 cups from them at least already.)
So look out for the hand-coloured sticker you find on your cups. The refugees who are seeking asylum in Thailand get paid for every sticker they colour (about 50c per sticker according to an 8 Days interview).
The coffee here features a signature blend featuring Ethopian Sidamo Arabica, with choices of Espresso ($2.80), Americano ($2.80), Flat White ($3.80) and Latte ($3.80). Add a dollar for Oat Milk, and 50c for iced version.
Specials include Honey Butter Latter ($4), Matcha Latte ($4), and Cold Brews with Black ($4.50), White ($5) and Cereal Milk ($5).
The coffee here is legit smooth, on par with many of the hipster cafes yet much more affordable, bold flavour without the deep bitter notes (that some CBD coffee can be more leaned to).
Not to be missed are the bakes of Chocolate Babka or Cinnamon Brioche, which comes at $2 per slice or $18 a loaf. But these treats do get sold out pretty early.
The Chocolate Babka came with swirls of chocolate within the soft fluffy bread, topped with extra chocolate crumble with hints of salt within. Lovely rich buttery flavours, best to go with an Americano.
The only thing is, as the chocolate crumbs may ‘fly’ away if a wind blows through in your direction.
Mad Roaster hopes to make it bigger some day, so that they can increase the amount of art they commission to the refugees. Good coffee with heart.
Mad Roaster – Amoy
Amoy Street Food Centre #02-107, Maxwell Road MND Complex Annexe, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: 8am – 3pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 1pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Mad Roaster – Joo Chiat
441 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427654
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 3pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
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