Coffee has always been part of Marcus Tay’s life for as long as he could remember. His memories of childhood come intertwined with the familiar scent of the beans – a result of growing up in a family of coffee roasters.
“For the longest time, I could always smell coffee in the house,” shares the 28-year-old.
His family runs Yong Seng Coffee, which roasts Nanyang-style kopi since 1974. It was founded by Tay Yiong Theng, grandfather to Marcus, who started working with coffee beans at the tender age of 20. The business grew, and Marcus’ father and uncle both joined to help with the stall’s operations.
Fast forward some 46 years, a new chapter at Yong Seng Coffee is brewing. Marcus has decided to join the family business and continue its legacy – bringing with him fresh ideas and new ways of working.