Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee has come a long way, with 6 units and counting, and a coffee beans supplier to many cafes in Singapore (including the robot-operated RATIO Café + GastroBar)).

With outlets at VivoCity, Balmoral Plaza, Parkway Parade, One-North Galaxis and Raffles Place, its main outlet at Stiring Road near Queenstown has recently undergone a revamp.

(Also read: 10 Best QUEENSTOWN Cafes)

In the past, the café had a more rustic look with coffee bean bags lying around.

However, it has renovated with a cleaner white and green space, with more ample seating areas.

A bit of history: the shop is named after Mr Tan Tiong Hoe who was into the art and science of coffee roasting for over 50 years. From a coffee beans wholesaler, his son co-founded Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee as a step to branch out into the third wave coffee business in 2014.

The current Stirling Road café used to be Mr Tan’s office of more than 20 years.

With more than 20 different origins of specialty coffee from Africa, Asia and America, this homegrown local coffee roastery supplies their beans to various F&B brands in Singapore.

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).

This is 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).

There are also other add-on such as Ice (+$0.50), Espresso shot (+$1.20) and Oatmilk (+$1). The good news: price has not increased over the last few years, and after the revamp.

While they change their blend seasonally, you are likely to get a choice of their signature Gachala (Colombia + Guatemala) or Jet Candy (Colombia and Brazil).

The Gachala is named after a town in Colombia where the Gachala Emerald was found, and the team envisioned this house-blend to be like a gem waiting to be discovered.

The 2 beans-blend of 50% Colombia and 50% Guatemala roasted in house, resulted in 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 flavours of Amber Black ($7.50), Pollen White ($7.50), and Oat Zero ($8).

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 ($7.50) with raw honey added.

The cold brew was smooth, refreshing and pretty ‘potent’ in terms of the caffeine content.

Cakes are supplied by Keong Saik Bakery and Belo Café, and you may get choices such as Nutella Cheesecake, Sweet Present (chocolate sponge with crunchy hazelnut praline), Gateau PMS, and Lemon Yuzu Tart.

Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
170 Stirling Road, #01-1133, Singapore 140170
Opening Hours: 8am – 4:45pm (Mon – Fri), 8:30am – 4:15pm (Sat – Sun)

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* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.


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