The Joo Chiat community welcomes another new café in the hood – Humble Origins Coffee Roasters.
(Note: this is not related to the Humble Origins previously located at NUS Kent Ridge Drive Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.)
If you find the configuration and feel of the new coffee space vaguely familiar, that is because it took over Homeground Coffee Roasters (which has moved to Outram).
The one major unique offering of Humble Origins is that it serves specialty coffee originating from the Shan Hills in Myanmar, which they believe is under-represented in Singapore.
The rolling Shan Hills of Myanmar is not only known for its great culture, but also the quality coffee beans produced, nurtured by the temperate climate unique to its altitude.
That is what you will get to taste when you go to Humble Origins Coffee Roasters, where each cup of coffee is made from beans roasted and brewed to release its nutty and fruity notes.
Living in Myanmar for the last 10 years, co-founders Javier and Melissa worked closely with smallholder coffee producers of myriad villages and communities across the Shan Hills.
This is to elevate quality and raise awareness on the potential of their produce, and purvey specialty grade coffee to the international arena.
Ready-to-drink beverages include espresso-based from Long Black ($5), White ($5, $6, $7) to and filter brews ($6.50 – $7.50).
There is also the Dirty Tiger ($7.50) which is a gula-Melaka infused Iced White Coffee.
Get the coffee in an Espresso ($4) to get the full concentrated flavour, or in a Long Black ($5) to enjoy it slowly.
I found the coffee bright and clean without being too acidic, with fruit-forward notes of red cherries and black current.
Humble Origins partners with Behind The Leaf Coffee – a Burmese coffee processing centre in Pinlaung for one of their filter coffee.
After it is brewed, it has a luscious fruity note, which is apparently reminiscent of Amarena cherry and peach.
Another interesting aspect is its Myanmar and travel-inspired food, snacks and sweets offering on the menu.
When I visited, there were four items including Roast Beef Ribeye French Butter Croissant with Arugula Salad ($29).
I consider the Dashi Onsen Eggs with XO Kaya Yorkshire Pudding ($9) their take on our local kaya & toast breakfast – interesting to try.
Something savoury I would recommend is the Shan Origin Tofu Fries ($10), inspired by the traditional Burmese snack.
The gluten-free fries are made with chickpea tofu, topped with shaved parmesan, accompanied with a tamarind chilli dip.
It is a healthy snack if you focus on the nutritional content, but it is pretty good considering how they can keep the outer layer crisp, inside soft, yet relatively grease free.
A good balance to your coffee should be the Burnt Sugar Orange Cake with Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream ($15), which is a fragrant dessert for the sweet tooth crowd and good pairing to the strong hits of coffee.
Nowhere else in Singapore will you find the repertoire of Shan Hill coffee present in Humble Origins, and that should be a good enough reason for you to pay them a visit.
Humble Origins Coffee Roasters
475 Joo Chiat Road, #01, Singapore 427682
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.