Fame Coffee, comfortably situated at Middle Road, is just a short street across Bugis Plus.
Walking in, there is a gentle nudge of déjà vu, as the décor remains quite the same from when Mellower Coffee used to call this place home.
The space inside Fame Coffee is spacious for Singapore’s context. (There is even a Level 2, though it is out-of-bounds for now.)
It promises a spot to stretch out and relax, away from the bustling street outside.
Navigating through the menu, you will find the ever-reliable Black ($5.50), White ($6), and Mocha ($7).
I was recommended the Fame Blend, a mix of beans from Brazil and India, delivering notes of cashew, caramel, brown sugar, and a dark chocolate finale.
It was straightforwardly (and surprisingly) good.
In addition, they also offer the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe ENTC blend, which promises a dance of dried blueberries, caramel, jasmine, blackberries, and raisins on the palate.
For the adventurers, there is a bit more to explore, such as the Dirty Chai Latte ($7) and Spanish Latte ($7).
I was intrigued by a Singapore Latte ($8.50) that includes rose cream top, reminding one fondly of the sweet, milky Bandung drink.
Recommended is the namesake Iced Fame Latte ($8.50), which marries a double espresso shot with pineapple juice and oat milk for something refreshing.
My sweet note to end the visit was a Brownie ($6).
At least it was rich and dense, and a whisper of salt made it stand out.
Fame Coffee, despite maintaining the past décor, does manage to weave its own story with coffee blends that charm.
It probably need to expand its offerings and uniqueness for this competitive market, especially in Bugis.
108 Middle Road, Singapore 188967 (Bugis Junction)
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)