Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Singapore Coffee Festival 2016: Celebrating Cafe-Hopping and Coffee Culture

The Singapore Coffee Festival (SCF) hits us this week from 9-12 June! It's a dream event for coffee lovers who want to learn more about what goes into making a good cup of coffee, sample coffee beans from around the world, and see everything that makes our coffee culture so vibrant.

There will be over 100 exhibitors including leaders and pioneers in Singapore’s coffee and lifestyle scene such as Common Man Coffee Roasters, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Dapper Coffee and Knockhouse Supply Co.

This first ever coffee-centric event is for both trade and consumers: media and trade get a preview on 9 June, and the public can visit from 10-12 June. It's held at the F1 Pit Building (psst, get S$3 off your Grabcar Economy fare to/fro the event when you use the code SCF from 9-12 June).

There are lab sessions Fri-Sun run by Common Man Coffee Roasters, the Straits Times, and Bettr Barista. Try your hand at latte art and learn fundamental barista skills! Most of the workshops are free for festival guests.

Check out their Facebook page for updates - https://www.facebook.com/sgcoffeefest/

Meanwhile, we enjoyed an SCF cafe-hopping trail and visited some of their participants. It was a real treat criss-crossing the island in vintage Kombi Rocks vans!

Oriole Coffee & Bar

First up was Oriole Coffee & Bar (where the first photo is from). We are not strangers to Oriole. They have lovely coffee (6-12 specialty coffee beans) and M.A.D. Milk (a dairy-free, cold-pressed nut milk made from macadamias, almonds and dates) which I really like.

They have plenty of food on the menu too, including all-day breakfast and a new weekend brunch (10am to 2pm weekends and public holidays). We got to try some of the new items. The Crab Cake Benedict (S$22) gives you poached eggs on crabcakes atop English muffins, all drenched in a lemon dill Hollandaise sauce.

The Wild Berries Oatmeal (S$10) is surprisingly very palatable, even if you're not a fan of oats. The tangy berries cut through the sweet, warm oatmeal while the nuts provide texture and crunch.

They now also have a Smoked Salmon Rosti (S$16) with capers and creme fraiche. The shredded potato is nicely pan-fried with crisp edges. I liked this the best.

If you're in a hurry, they have Grab and Go breakfasts (four sets at S$10 each including a coffee).

96 Somerset Road, #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore 238163
Tel: +65 6238 8348
Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu 8am - 11pm
Fri & Sat 8am - 12am
Sun 8am - 11pm

The Coastal Settlement

Next up was The Coastal Settlement right at the Changi coastline. It was my first time at this quirky cafe.

I can see why it's popular despite its ultra "ulu" (out of the way) location. It's so pretty and atmospheric with vintage bric-a-brac, warm lighting inside and lush greenery outside. The only drawback is: you gotta watch out for mosquitoes.

But the food surprised me most of all. Fabulous fries, decent chicken and waffles, and a tom yum pasta that wasn't afraid to be SPICY!

They serve Western and local favourites. I also liked the Australian wagyu cubes with mushroom salsa. And there's thin-crust pizza topped with wagyu and caramelised onions too.

Of course there's coffee here too, and the robust brews don't disappoint.

200 Netheravon Rd, Singapore 508529
Tel: +65 6475 0200
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 10.30am - 12am (Fri till 1am)
Sat 9.30am - 1am
Sun & PH 9.30am - 10.30pm


Coffee and pastries are a marriage made in heaven. PAUL has quite a variety of these delectable sweet treats. We tried the salted caramel choux (centre, our hot favourite), coffee eclair (their eclairs carry the same filling as the creamy topping), lemon cream tartlette, and chocolate cream tartlette.

PAUL has specially created the banana cinnamon crumble tart (bottom right) for the Singapore Coffee Festival and it will be launched there.

If you don't like coffee, you could pick the PAUL Singapore hot chocolate to go with these.

PAUL has several branches in Singapore. This one is at the Ocean Financial Centre.

Address: 10 Collyer Quay #01-01, Singapore 049315
Tel: +65 6634 9068 (Bakery) | +65 6634 7686 (Restaurant)
Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 8am - 9pm
Sat: 8am - 3pm
Sun and Public Holiday closed
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PAUL1889.singapore/

Interestingly, Shiseido is the festival’s “Official Beauty Partner”, and they will have The Shiseido Parlour, a beauty pop-up area, serving Japanese confectionaries flown in direct from Ginza. Come try out Shiseido products and treat yourself to some Shiseido Parlour Cheesecake and Ganache. I wonder what they will be like! I'll keep you posted when I check them out on 9 June! Keep an eye out on my Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/camemberu/ - to find out!


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