02 Friday Jan 2015
This eatvestigator has been busy exploring the art of coffee making. The artisan handcraft movement is going strong in Singapore now as a response to all our ready-made consumerism. Being involved in grinding your own coffee beans and brewing it is now the new vogue. Beans can be easily grinded with a Hario grinder and then brewed with this contraption called an Aeropress. The result is a clean cup of kopi-o or coffee black which costs maybe 20 Singapore cents at most. Add condensed milk for kopi or froth milk for latte to taste.
Sourcing for coffee beans and fresh grinds was of major research interest for a while, but this eatvestigator believes he has the answer. Many of your big name cafes out there essentially sell exotic origin (e.g. Ethiopia, Uganda) beans with equally laughable marked up prices. Not this place, yet. An indiscrete area somewhere in Balestier road near the pricey chicken rice place.
The shop has been in existence for decades, and supplies the local coffee shops with their blend of coffee roasted with butter and sugar, in the range of $8-10 per kg. These are typically blends of Robusta and Arabica that are sourced from Indonesia and Vietnam.
The younger owner who took over from his father, also sources more exotic stuff from other Ebola-hit continents. There are more than 30 types for your choosing. At an average of $8/250g, this is probably half the price of what you would pay at certain popular “hipster” cafes which shall not be named here. Really? How is it hipster when everyone goes there…
If variety is your preference, then you could just buy 250g of different origins and try to your heart’s delight here. This eatvestigator bagged 250g of Bali origins for $4.50 that day, along with the normal coffee mixture.
Those went into an Aeropress, and go very well with condensed milk for an authentic-tasting rendition of kopi at less than 20 cents a cup. As for the Aeropress, it retails for approximately $60 in Singapore but you can get them on Carousell for $48.
328 Balestier Road,