6am? What are you doing at 6am in the morning?

I have not come across many hipster cafes that opens at 6am (not considering those which are 24/7), a time many would consider unearthly and still in dreamland.

State of Affairs located at 183 Longhaus Upper Thomson Road intends to open from 6am during the weekends to cater to cyclists who are looking for a coffee takeaway.

Their weekday operational hours start at 8am.

The coffee bar is found at the ground level of 183 Longhaus (perhaps better known as “Longhouse”) which is a mixed development which also houses Woodlands Sourdough and SOD Cafe.

The building is next to the Shell petrol station, of a very short walking distance from Knockhouse Café (previously known as Pacamera).

Let’s start with the coffee.

Beans are roasted in-house, and they currently use a Rio Brilhante roast from Brazil, complete with chocolate, toasted coconut, and guava notes.

Something to note is owner and barista Fahmi cut his teeth learning the trade and running a place as both Head of Coffee and co-partner at a long-standing coffeehouse at East Coast.

(Coffee lovers can probably guess which one. Hint: it sounds like a school. I was also trying to refrain myself from naming the title: Ex-XXX Barista opens cafe).

After there for almost a decade, he decided to pursue his “love affair with coffee” by establishing State of Affairs.

He has also been recently nominated as Barista of the Year by the World Gourmet Awards.

I loved my white ($4.50) which was well-balanced in terms of acidity, medium-bodied and mellow with pleasant aftertaste.

Solid, good coffee. One of the better ones I had in recent times.

There are a couple of items on the menu (available from 9am), namely Smoked Potato Croquette ($13), Cauliflower Steak with Horseradish Cream and Onion Miso Jam ($14), Avocado Toast ($12), Avocado Bowl ($12), Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup ($14), and Fried Chicken with Soy Butter Glaze ($13).

Surprisingly, I enjoyed the Cauliflower Steak with Horseradish Cream and Onion Miso Jam ($14) considering it was not my first choice of order (I visited three times anonymously to try out the different things.)

It was lightly grilled with a lovely char on the outer layer, cooked till the florets were tender with smoky-sweet flavour.

Some rice krispies were added for some crisp, and the two sauces were creamy and earthy complemented well – neither stealing the thunder from the vegetables.

The Smoked Potato Croquette with Parsley Aioli ($13) came in a sizable portion of five pieces, crispy on the outer, almost melty-soft and buttery on the inside.

The acidity from the parsley aioli at the base helped cut through some of the greasiness.

Do not expect Korean-style chicken from their Fried Chicken with Soy Butter Glaze ($13) as this didn’t have the usual stickiness outside.

Instead, the pieces reminded me more of chicken karaage and I found them pretty juicy and succulent. However, some accompanying sauce or aioli would make this less jelak (rich) though.

A very promising coffee place, though at a slightly ‘hidden’ location. While relatively empty when I went down a couple of times, I think it may be frequently visited soon by coffee lovers.

State of Affairs
183 Upper Thomson Road (183 Longhaus), Singapore 574429
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri), 6am – 4pm (Sat, Sun), Closed Wed

Other Related Entries
Woodlands Sourdough (Upper Thomson)
SOD Café (Upper Thomson)
PocoLoco (Upper Thomson)
Columbus Coffee Co. (Upper Thomson)
Molten Diners (Upper Thomson)

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