A permanent home.
Owner Alicia Yap started off her barista journey working at cafes back in the UK as a hospitality student.
She then continued to pursue her dream with a mobile coffee cart in 2017, several pop-ups and co-sharing, before this physical café space.
You can say that there is this determined spirit to start small (with a couple of setbacks in between) to fulfil this dream of hers.
Havelock 2 (or Havelock II) is in between Clarke Quay and Chinatown MRT stations, but I find it is slightly nearer to walk from Clarke Quay MRT.
I do think the mixed-development building though super off-the-radar has potential for foodies to head to if you are in the vicinity.
Some of the neighbours include The Bakery Chef Thai Kha, Char Seal Bar, BREW Kopi & Beer, Big Mouth Eat, Genesis Vegan Restaurant, Black and Gold Coffee Stop, and BUNDT by The Backyard Bakers.
The menu offers White ($5), Black ($5), and Mocha ($6.50) available from 8am till 6pm, using a 2-beans-blend (Dark Matter – Brazil, Colombia) roasted by Alchemist for their espresso-based drinks.
There are also other drinks including Chocolate ($6), Dirty Chai Latte ($6.50), Babyccino ($5.50) and Pour Overs ($8 – $16) with options of beans from Ethiopia, El Salvador and Guatemala.
My cup of Flat White ($5) was smooth and medium-bodied with hints of chocolate and hazelnut.
I was recommended their Cold Brew ($8) available in flavours such as White, Black, Chocolate, Mocha, Elder & Cream Black Tea and Maple Vanilla Green Tea.
Using a different 2-beans-blend from their espresso-based drinks, Guatemala and Brazil beans roasted by 2-Degrees North are used for their Cold Brew.
The result was a medium-heavy body with robust-nutty, chocolatey tasting notes, and distinctive sweet finishing.
Bakes and pastries available are sourced from Keong Saik Bakery. You can expect pastries of Croissant ($4.50), Pain Au Chocolate ($5), Kougin Aman ($5.50) and cakes such as the Burnt Cheese Cake ($8), Chocolate Indulgence ($7.80) and Matcha Swissroll ($7.80).
With more space, Butler Koffee has also expanded to offer some food choices in terms of sandwiches divided as “Kiap” and “Non-Kiap”.
The “Non-Kiap” side was more promising, with croissant filled with tuna mayo, ramen egg & cheddar ($12), tuna mayo & cheddar ($9.50), to brie cheese, parma ham, ramen eg & honey ($14), served with cassava chips on the side.
The “Kiap” Toasties features options of parma ham & cheese ($10), double cheese with honey ($9), and banana with Nutella & chocolate chips ($9). Did remind of those I made during schooling-days to pack for lunch. 😊
Butler Koffee 咖啡罢了
Havelock 2 #01-10 Singapore 059763
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm Mon – Sun)