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The Everton Park café pioneers, Dennis Tang and Lee Jia Min, are dead set on their mission to educate and power the barista – and office crowds alike – that pass through their tiny space. 'They do the best job of making Scandinavian-style roasts in town,' says Serna.
Pouring at two outlets in the city – Capitol Piazza and Pan Pacific Serviced Suites by Somerset – this early advocate for Third Wave brewing in Singapore is Serna's favourite for a proper American-style batch filter brew.
Stellar coffees, sourced by Melbourne-based Five Senses Coffee and roasted in-house, are issued from behind the green granite bar. And those serious about really getting acquainted with their single-origins can sign up for free public coffee-cupping sessions, held every Wednesday from 2pm.
This east-side favourite is also one of Serna's top picks for its all-roundedness. In a wood-laden space on Frankel Avenue, speak to one of the knowledgeable baristas – Siraj Salim is this year's Singapore Aeropress champion – to sample beans percolated through different contraptions.
This chain serving kopi and ciabatta kaya toasts is Serna's pick for Singapore-inclined brews. 'I love the atmosphere, and they do a great job with local kopi. The pastries are also freaking tasty – try the orange cake.'
This Kampong Glam standout is owned by an all-star team of local Latte Art, Brewers Cup and Barista champions, including three-time Singapore Barista champion, John Ryan Ting. The blends and single-origins served out of machines and filters are all roasted within its shophouse premises, so you can bet the coffee's fresh.
Co-owned by local roasting outfit 2Degrees North Coffee Co and the coffee-serious crew behind defunct Department of Caffeine, this café offers three blends and a variety of single-origins in a wide range of espresso and filter brew styles. Serna also recommends the waffles – a throwback favourite from DoC.
Hit up the brew bar for a tasty blended or single-origin sip to conquer the post-lunch sleepies. Serna likes that Jewel's roaster, Shin Hao, has got his bean-cooking down to an art.
Coffee appreciation in the city reaches a zenith as The New Black charts a plan for office-crowd domination with its java-to-go concept. This spot is all about exposing the local drinker to new expressions of the roasted bean. While the idea of having guest roasts on rotation in a café’s hopper isn’t exactly fresh in Singapore – you’d need only to look at Drury Lane’s wall of empty coffee bags from the likes of Denmark’s Coffee Collective and Melbourne’s Proud Mary for evidence – The New Black rejects the idea of pushing its own house label on its masses.