Forty Hands Coffee

After reading a plug by Papa Palheta only 3 days ago on this new cafe called Forty Hands, we paid it a visit today. I just love discovering new cafes in Singapore so please email me or leave me a comment if you know of any cafes worth visiting!

40Hands Bar Counter40Hands Shop Front

We were highly impressed with Forty Hands today. Having opened only 1 week ago, I must say they have really got their act together already! The staff and owners look like they have been managing the place for a long time! It was full save for the table at the front door when we arrived. This is certainly laudable for a cafe that is only 1 week old, and located in a very secluded area. I don’t know how they will accommodate big groups as it is a pretty small place. They did have some chairs outside if you don’t mind not having tables.

Coffee is obviously one of the highlights here. Their name 40 Hands emphasises the fact that each cup of java requires an average of 40 people in the production chain from plant to cup. The coffee they use here is “fair trade” as they want to support and promote a sustainable coffee economy where growers are paid a fair and decent price for their coffee. I certainly support the idea of not letting the mega coffee chains proliferate anymore!

In addition to the all-week breakfasts and pastries that they serve, the other highlight is their gourmet sandwiches. We ordered almost all of them, reviews if you scroll down further. They also use retro plates like Epicurious!

 

40Hands - Truffle Mushroom

Truffle Mushroom Sandwich $8.50 – This was really good. The mushrooms had such a strong flavour they made this vegetarian sandwich stand out amongst the rest.

40Hands - Tomato & Cheese

Tomato & Cheese Sandwich $8.00 – Cheesy and packed with fresh greens and tomatoes

40Hands - Jamaican Pork

Jamaican Jerk Pork Sandwich $9.50  – The flavour of pork and the mango together was a wonderful combination, however texture wise, the pork did taste too stringy. Yes that yellow thing there is mango not butter.

40Hands - Meditteranean Lamb

Mediterranean Lamb Sandwich $9.50 – This was also a very flavourful sandwich with a deliciously appetising sauce. The taste of the lamb was strong, which is how I like my meat, but I think the lamb was a little hard from overcooking.

I have to say all of the sandwiches were really good! I would definitely come back again for their gourmet sandwiches. When you first walk in and you see the display counter, the sandwiches look small and wilted. They shouldn’t have put those there, but luckily the freshly made sandwiches looked much larger and succulent. The sandwiches come wrapped in greaseproof paper but I removed them for the photos.

40Hands - Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate $5 – Pretty good

40Hands - Flat White

Flat White $5 – This was better than the hot chocolate. Strong and with a good flavour.

Their coffees seem a little on the expensive side, considering that they are located in such a secluded area (I presume this means the rent must be lower). However, they don’t charge GST and service charge at all, so effectively this means $4.30 per cup.

Do give Forty Hands a try everybody! After your cuppa, you can also stroll along the historic Tiong Bahru area where you can still see some really old shop houses and old style coffee shops. After my love affair with Tanjong Pagar, I think I’m going to explore Tiong Bahru next!

Read about my 2nd visit to 40Hands on 25 March 2011!

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Forty Hands (40 Hands)

78, Yong Siak Street (Tiong Bahru) #01-12

Tel: 6225-4623

Hours:

Tuesdays: 8:30am to 6:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8:30am to 10pm Fridays and Saturdays: 8:30am to 11pm Sundays 8:30am to 6:30pm CLOSED MONDAYS

Email: info@40handscoffee.com

Website: http://www.40handscoffee.com Facebook

Directions on how to get to Forty Hands (It is about 10 minutes walk from Tiong Bahru MRT station but unless you’re familiar with this area it is easy to get lost. Definitely check the map before you go there)

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11 Responses to “Forty Hands Coffee”

  1. bookjunkie says:

    your sandwich photos are making me drool!!….especially the cheese which I have a weakness for. I could live on sandwiches alone.

  2. stargirl says:

    haha i was thinking of dropping by forty hands next week! may i know what’s on the breakfast menu, aside from croissants? thanks!

    • 365days2play says:

      Unfortunately, I dropped them the same question on their Facebook, and they have yet to answer! Maybe I should also say that while I found their cafe nice, I didn’t think the owners were very friendly. They simply ignored us when we 1st entered the cafe and did not help when we had some trouble finding seats. It’s a small cafe, I would expect the benefits of opening a small cafe is that they would want to interact more with their customesr.

  3. Mine will be the Mediterranean Lamb Sandwich please.
    I love the Forty Hands support of fair trade and think it is a good cause to support.
    Love the touch of the leaf in the coffee cup and I wonder how Sea Gardens at Prevelly would measure up to Forty Hands. Did you manage to go there when you visited Margaret River?

  4. […] as Starbucks to demand for good, premium, lovingly-brewed coffees from the likes of Papa Palheta, 40Hands, The Highlander and The Plain. So, I was quite interested to see what sort of cafe they would […]

  5. […] ordered a flat white. Having been used to the quality of coffee from the likes of 40 Hands, Papa Palheta, The Plain and Chef Icon Nature Bakery, this was a big disappointment. It was so […]

  6. […] of the cup. Pretty good. Smooth and strong but not as good as my favourite coffee places such as 40 Hands, Papa Palheta, The Plain and Chef Icon Nature […]

  7. bookjunkie says:

    I haven’t been here yet and so want to go…sob! Partner doesn’t drink coffee which is such a pity

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