Best cold-brewed coffees

Don't settle for a watered-down espresso – these are the city's best cold coffees, steeped to bring out their beans' nuances and best qualities
By Natasha Hong |
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Dapper Coffee - cold brew
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Dapper Coffee

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One of the first coffee bars to start serving cold brews in Singapore, Dapper Coffee's got the pour here down pat. Fruity Ethiopian Yirgacheffe soars on the palate with a slice of dehydrated orange ($6), which adds more fruitiness to the drink as it bottoms out. Extra props for the slow-melting, clear ice cube – this feels like a daytime Old Fashioned. 

Chye Seng Huat Hardware - nitro coffee
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Chye Seng Huat Hardware

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Everyone's favourite hipster cafe deploys Suke Quto single origin from Ethiopia in their drink ($7), which lends each intake whiffs of flowers and tea. If you're hanging out though, we can't recommend the Nitro Black Matter ($7) enough. A beer tap pours an extra potent iced version of their chocolate and nut-toned Throwback blend, with nitrogen in the mix – it gives the drink a mouthfeel just like Guinness, and is perfect for those who inexplicably go on alcohol fasts. 

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Stamping Ground - cold brew
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Stamping Ground Coffee

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This new coffee spot offers takeaway bottles of black ($6) and milky ($7) medium-bodied cold brews that are low on acidity and rounded with dark chocolate flavours. For this, owners Lim Shuwei and Charlene Chow infuse Papa Palheta-roasted La Pastora single origin beans from Guatemala. 

Oriole - Taisho cold brew
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Oriole Coffee + Bar (Capitol Piazza)

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The Somerset and Capitol Piazza branches of Oriole stock bottles of Taisho cold brews, named for the iced coffees that the Japanese enjoyed in the early 1900s. Here, the light-on-the-palate drinks are bottled black ($6) with Burundi Sehe single origin and milk white ($7) with Oriole's Raven blend of coffee. The lactose-intolerant will appreciate their Taisho M.A.D. Milk ($8) brew, stretched out with a macadamia, almond and dates nut milk. 

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7Kickstart - cold brew
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7Kickstart

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Give them a pat on the back for their variety. 7Kickstart's Singapore Art Museum branch is where to go if you want to learn more about your single origins, as the bar brews up to seven different beans for their coffees ($7). The staff on hand can help you find one to suit your preferences. Otherwise, shoot for their less acidic Indian Monsooned Malabar or Brazilian Yellow Bourbon coffees, which are the cold favourites here. 

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MAVRX Coffee Apothecary

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Enjoying a cold brown drink at the quiet MavRX is a good way to squirrel away for some me-time in the afternoon. Their light chocolate and caramel-rich Allpress Carmelo blend is delivered here in five 10ml syringes ($5) for you to dispense into a glass of ice, so your drink remains undiluted for longer, especially if you plan to sip slow. 

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Old Hen Coffee Bar - cold brew
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Old Hen Coffee Bar

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Good luck getting your hands on a bottle before they sell out. Old Hen's popular black coffee made with Nylon Coffee Roasters' Four Chairs blend ($6), and white cold brew with Oriole's Raven blends are loved for their tame, rounded flavours. Also part of their chilled drinks line-up is their version of a cold chocolate, enriched with Valrhona dark cocoa ($6.50). It's got no caffeine, so you can savour this safe into the night.  

The Tiny Roaster - cold brew
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The Tiny Roaster

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The new outpost of the ambitious Tiny Roaster notably features a fridge of bottles loaded with the Kenyan Waku Lima elixir. For drinking in the cosy room though, an iced coffee ball ($5) is popped into the glass of the delicately fruity drink, so it stays cold and undiluted for longer. 

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