Posted: August 11, 2021
Do you like your cup of coffee super caffeinated for that extra kick? Is that strong, nutty, earthy flavour important, or do you prefer fruity, slightly more delicate notes? How you answer questions like that will determine which team you’re on: Arabica or Robusta. If you’re in the camp of “less caffeine” and “light and sweet” tasting notes, then consider picking up these five awesome Arabica roasts, available in either (or both) Singapore and Malaysia. Don’t have a coffee machine just yet? Explore our range of De’Longhi coffee machines for top-notch, cafe-quality java, just the way you like it.
Aceh Gayo Arabica[caption id="attachment_17604" align="alignnone" width="2560"] The Aceh Gayo Arabica is lauded for its aromatic floral taste that delivers a bright and pleasant mouthfeel. Photo from JJ Royal.[/caption] Straight from the Gayo Plateau in Northern Sumatra, Aceh Gayo Arabica is a specialty-grade Indonesian coffee that gives you a balanced, medium-bodied drink.
Posted: June 30, 2021
For many of us, 2021 has meant more working from home and less going out on weekends to stay safe during the pandemic. This has often resulted in fewer trips to our favourite local coffee shops in town or near our workplaces. Thankfully for coffee lovers, more roasteries are offering subscription services that send us freshly roasted coffee beans direct to our homes. Arriving like clockwork, these deliveries enable us to continue indulging in artisanal coffees and fill our homes with the sweet aroma of delicious brews. Here’s our latest compilation of coffee subscriptions available in Singapore and Malaysia. Check out our previous lists in 2019 and 2020 for more providers to choose from. Happy brewing, and don’t forget to explore our range of De’Longhi coffee machines to do justice to the high-quality beans coming your way with barista-quality cups of coffee.
Parchmen & Co, Singapore[caption id="attachment_17112" align="alignnone" width="1204"] Parchmen & Co offers an impressive range of exotic coffee beans for their subscription process. Photo from Parchmen & Co Instagram.[/caption] If you’ve been missing travelling lately, you can still explore exotic parts o
Do you have a favourite local independent coffee shop? Perhaps it’s located near to where you live, close to your office, or handily placed near the school where you drop off your kids each morning.
You might use it as a quick early pitstop or treat it as a remote workspace for a leisurely afternoon session on your laptop. Some local coffee shops are so popular they attract customers miles out of their way to indulge in their quality brew.
As independent businesses, the local coffee shop doesn’t enjoy the large financial safety net of the big chains. These small operators can’t spend big amounts of money on advertising or marketing, so they tend to rely on word of mouth to attract new customers. With that in mind – and as fellow fans of the coffee bean – we think they deserve some special attention.
So let’s look at 3 great reasons why you should support your local coffee shop….
1. They make great coffee!
Posted: December 09, 2020
Entering the traditional coffee shops of Singapore and Malaysia is like stepping back in time to the 1980s. They are more than just a place to grab a quick kopi (coffee) or a serving of soft boiled eggs – they are a second home for many local folks. But what’s so special about these hangouts, such that locals living in California queued an hour for a cup of kopi after Singapore’s oldest café, Killiney Kopitiam, recently opened its first outlet in the United States? Let us solve that mystery by exploring the rich and fascinating heritage of the local coffee scene.
The History of KopitiamIn the late 1800s, Chinese immigrants from Hainan reached our nations’ shores. Some took up jobs in the service and hospitality sectors, often working for wealthy British and other European households. Post World War II, the departure of their Western employers forced the Hainanese to seek other means of earning a living. Many turned to setting up their own coffee shops, which are affectionately known as “kopitiam” today.
The Appeal of Kopitiam[caption id="attachment_10789" align="alignnone" width="2048"] A blast from the past: the appeal of kopitiam lies in its old-school decor. Photo from sharngst.[/caption] It’s the full-sensory experience at a kopitiam that makes its appeal so unique. Marble-top tables, old-fashioned mugs, overhead fans, and floor tiles that look right out of our grandmother’s kitchen. Some might call it old-school or run-down, but to a local, these are the essential aesthetics that mark out a genuine kopitiam. “Kopi C! Kopi Siew Dai! Kopi Gao!” The sounds and s
Asia is a treasure trove of diverse cultures, traditions, architecture, food, and more. In recent decades, the coffee scene in Asia has blossomed, with many countries moving into the “third wave” of coffee.
In this article, find out which Asian countries have begun to show a change in their coffee taste profiles and which have remained unfazed by the influx of international coffee chains and the speciality coffee scene.
Posted: July 15, 2020
Many of us start each morning with a cup of coffee or two to fuel ourselves for a busy day ahead. But sometimes, life can get busy, giving little time to head to the supermarket to restock our coffee supply. You might want to get started on a coffee subscription service to enjoy convenience plus fresh supplies of coffee delivered to your doorstep every month. Read on for an extension of our 2019 list of coffee subscription retailers in Singapore and Malaysia.
Nylon Coffee Roasters, Singapore[caption id="attachment_8493" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Nylon Coffee Roasters takes pride in sourcing single-origin beans from across the world and releasing new coffee bean flavours regularly. Photo from Nylon Coffee Roasters.[/caption] Nylon Coffee Roasters has earned its place as one of Singapore’s leading cafes from sourcing some of the best single-origin beans from across the world and roasting them to perfection in-house. Starting from SGD20/month, Nylon offers a filter coffee subscription that gives subscribers an opportunity to experience how varying origins and processes affect the taste of coffee. During seasonal periods, subscribers can also expect to receive exclusive seasonal blends from different origins. Subscription orders are delivered within a day of roasting so you can be a
Posted: February 26, 2020
Technology and coffee go hand in hand; throughout the years, we’ve seen amazing innovations in the art of making coffee, so it’s natural that we now have apps to aid in that process.
From apps that allow you to remotely control your coffee machine to the ones set up for instant pick-ups at your favourite cafes, here are our top favourites for apps that will make loving coffee so much easier.
It’s common knowledge that most of the coffee beans produced commercially come from two varieties: Arabica and Robusta. But did you know that there are actually other lesser-known varieties of coffee bean? One of them is Liberica, which accounts for less than 2% of commercially-produced coffee worldwide. In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about the world’s rarest type of coffee.
What’s so special about Liberica?[caption id="attachment_7483" align="alignnone" width="1200"] A Liberica coffee bean (middle) flanked by Arabica beans. Liberica beans are larger and irregular in shape compared to Arabica beans. Photo from Fernando Medrano[/caption] Originating from Liberia in West Africa, the Liberica coffee plant produces larger, irregular-shaped cherries compared to Arabica plants. It’s said to have a floral and fruity aroma, but when made into coffee, has a full-bodied, woody taste.
Like every morning across Southeast Asia and most parts of the world, the day begins at a common gathering place — the local coffee joint.
On one end of the neighbourhood, a horde of early morning workers flock to the nearest kopitiam to begin their day with an extra jolt of energy. They would shout their order to the hawkers — a choice of kopi (black coffee with condensed milk), kopi o (black coffee with sugar), kopi c (coffee with evaporated milk and sugar), or kopi o kaw (extra strong).
Take a turn to the next block and you’ll chance upon a row of artsy cafés, drawing in the ever-curious coffee aficionados every day. Baristas clad in crisp uniforms take the place of hawkers in a Pagoda singlet, sock-like sieves are replaced by state-of-the-art machines with glossy levers and handles, and the menu now includes a fancy selection (Piccolo Latte, anyone?).
Travel to other parts of Southeast Asia and you’ll see that starting the day with coffee is a tradition that still holds strong. So how does the coffee culture evolve around Southeast Asian countries? Let’s find out.
Singapore — Kopi
Always running out of coffee? No time to drop by the grocer? With the influx of e-commerce services, subscription-based services have been gaining popularity lately. Coffee bean subscriptions are not lagging far behind. If you are interested in meshing up stress-free convenience with savings, here is our list of artisanal coffee bean subscription services in Singapore and Malaysia.
Perk Coffee, Singapore[caption id="attachment_6729" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Perk Coffee sources a majority of their beans from developing regions in Africa and South America. Photo from Perk Coffee[/caption] It all started when couple Paul and Serena met and fell in love with coffee plantations in Africa. Paul has been a farmer for years and ensures that Perk’s coffee beans are of specialty grade, 100% Arabica, ethically and ethnically grown, sourced and roasted. Perk’s coffee gravitates towards a fruity and nutty flavour. Featuring an ever-changing seasonal menu, you can choose from a selection of single origin or blends, and darker roasts if you prefer a stronger brew. Roasting locally every Tuesday, Perk adheres to a strict roast-to-order model and delivers within 48 hours to ensure that your coffee reaches you at optimal freshness. Subscribers have the option to select how they would like their beans done - whole bean, ground, in drip bags or pods. For SGD17.90 per 250g pack or SGD18.90 for two 125g packs, you