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ToastBox Nanyang Kopi Appreciation Workshop

Ever since I became aware of the differences between local coffee (ie Kopi) vs European coffee I’ve always wondered why it is that I still like Kopi so much. Did you know that European Coffee, or Ang Moh coffee if you will, you know, the Starbucks or 3rd wave coffee cafe kinds, make use of different coffee beans as compared to our local coffeeshop coffee?

Ang Moh coffee uses Arabica beans, which are supposedly superior in quality as compared to Robusta coffee beans used in local coffee. Arabica coffee beans are grown at an altitude of 1000 – 2000m in altitude where as Robusta is grown at 700m or lower. Needless to say, the Arabica coffee beans end up being more expensive. To boot, Robusta coffee bean plant are easier to care for as they are more robust, hence the name Robusta.

I definitely do love my gourmet foreign coffee from 3rd wave cafes. You can tell from my blog that I’ve been cafe hopping a lot over the past few years! But I’m thankful that I can still appreciate a good cup of kopi as well! The reason why I’m thankful is because kopi is so much cheaper than foreign coffee! I can’t imagine paying $5 a day just to have my caffeine fix! The Partner on the other hand, loathes local kopi and can’t imagine how anyone could drink what he would describe as black acid tar. When he’s around, we go to cafes. When I’m with the BFF, we go to Yakun and Toastbox. Once again, I’m just thankful that I am able to have a choice of either going local or going more atas.

So when I heard about the Nanyang Kopi Appreciation Workshop organised by ToastBox, I thought it the perfect opportunity for me to increase my knowledge on this intricate matter. After all, I’ve been to a gourmet coffee bean roasting session when I was in Taiwan, so why not sit in for a local session?

BreadTalk HQ (6)

The Nanyang Kopi Appreciation Workshop was held at the spanking new BreadTalk IHQ Mall.

Nanyang Kopi Appreciation Workshop (2)

All the enthusiastic participants awaiting the start of the workshop

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CNY Gathering at ToastBox

“For good health, eat cake and drink tea at least twice a day” ~~ Anonymous

My family likes to gather over tea and toast every single day and Chinese New Year is no exception. After escaping from the 1st house we visited slightly earlier than expected, we spent the spare time chilling out at ToastBox.

I’d read about this quaint little retail mall called Greenwich V, located in the Seletar Hills area and I knew I just had to visit. Even though I’d prepared this list on what shops are open during CNY, I didn’t check up on Greenwich V. We kinda took a gamble and were relieved to see the bright lights of ToastBox greeting us at the entrance of Greenwich V. BTW, Greenwich V is so small, there are only 2 floors. Cold Storage takes up half the space on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor is already the roof garden, but there are a number of eateries up there such as Coffee Bean, Cedele and Paradise Inn. There are also non eateries like Jan & Ellie English Language School, Home-fix the DIY Store and the Phoenix Medical Group. It kind of reminds me of myVillage, but even smaller! We got free parking today thanks to some guy who’d knocked down the gantry.

Today, we indulged a little and ordered the little traditional tea cakes from Toast Box. They always look so dainty and mouth-watering in the display cases, but I try not to eat them since the tea is already quite fattening too. But it’s Chinese New Year, so it’s okay for today. Besides, refer to quotation above.

Toastbox - Chocolate Cake

Toastbox - Chocolate Cake (2)

Chocolate and cherry cake, quite good actually. I like the chocolate sponge but I removed most of the cream as there was too much of it. I like it that it’s mostly sponge, cuz I prefer a cake with a higher ratio of sponge to cream/mousse. For just over a dollar, I’d say it is really value for money. And the thing is, sometimes you just want to have a few bites of cake. Why pay $6 for a huge slice when $1.20 will suffice? Like that you can have cake everyday, or twice a day in fact. Seriously, where can you find cake for $1.20 in Singapore???

Toastbox - Banana Cake

The Banana Cake in my opinion is pretty bad. There is hardly any taste of banana at all. The cake is on the hard side too. My banana cake is loads better. The Partner thinks that for $1.50, the banana cake is okay, and since he doesn’t fancy any of the other cakes, he has no choice but to order banana cake at ToastBox. So I can tell you that this banana cake is consistently bad.

Toastbox - Peanut Butter Thick Toast

My father had this Peanut Butter thick toast. One good thing about ToastBox is that they always slather on lots of peanut butter or whatever topping you choose, onto their thick toast. My ultimate favourite thick toast topping is just plain old butter and sugar. It’s the BEST! And the middle piece is the best of the lot because there’s no crust to deal with!

Toastbox - Half Boiled Eggs (2)

My mother went for the healthier option…..half boiled eggs

ToastBox @ Greenwich V

The Toast Box branch at Greenwich V.

Well so that was afternoon tea break. In the evenings, we had another family gathering with my father’s siblings and their family at Changi Airport’s Toast Box. Thanks to my prior research, I knew that Yakun would not be open on CNY so we strategically chose to go to Toast Box at Terminal 2. We got a table for 10 people without any trouble. If you’re afraid of crowds, go to Terminal One or Terminal Two.

Toastbox - Peanut Cake

Cake number 2 for the day. Peanut cream cake. In my opinion, not as nice as the chocolate cake as the peanut flavour is a little weird.

Toastbox - Butter Sugar Toast

Wanted to order the butter sugar thick toast, but ended up with the butter sugar normal toast. Apparently they do not spread the butter nicely on the toast for you. As you can see, the slice of butter was way too thick for the bread, so I scooped most of it out. For the same price I think I’d rather go for the thick toast. I just realised Toast Box offers Buttermilk Thick Toast. I wonder if that can possibly taste good since buttermilk is sour!

Toastbox @ Airport

Toast Box at Changi Airport Terminal 2. It’s on the same level as McDonalds, just at opposite ends.

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ToastBox VivoCity

When times are lean and you have to make every penny count, it pays to know where the cheapest deals are. Price doesn’t always have a correlation with quality. Today a few friends and I decided to forgo the $3.50 dessert cafe for ToastBox at VivoCity. It only cost us $2.50 each to enjoy a cuppa each plus buns and toast.

ToastBox Boluo Yao

Boluo Yao – A crunchy top bun with kaya and butter

ToastBox Kaya Toast with Butter (2)ToastBox Kaya Toast with Butter

Kaya Toast with Butter, only 2 slices though. Yakun serves up a bigger portion. I think I still prefer the kaya at Yakun, only problem is, at Yakun, they tend to give you a very thin layer of kaya, whereas I like my toasts to be richly covered with kaya!

ToastBox Thick Toast with Butter and Sugar (2)ToastBox Thick Toast with Butter and Sugar

Thick toast with butter and sugar – ToastBox is still my favourite place to have this after all these years. They are one of the few places that spread the butter evenly on the bread, such that each square of bread tastes good. Other places give you lumps of unmelted butter and expect you to do something with it.

ToastBox Chocolate Cherries CakeToastBox Banana Cake

Chocolate Cherries cake and other sponge cakes. Have never tried them although the price looks very tempting. It’s good to know that we can still enjoy cake for only $1.20 in Singapore.

ToastBox Seating Area

Toast Box banana cake

Toast Box Banana Cake

Nothing like a slice of banana cake and a steaming hot cup of tea to chase the grey clouds away. The Toast Box banana cake certainly is cheap, and for the price, it’s tolerable. I don’t think I’ve ever had really good store bought banana cake before. Does anyone know of any good places to have some? But as with Kaya, the best banana cake is a home made banana cake.

Milo

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Milo at Toast Box. $1.70. Thick, sweet and chocolatey. You don’t always have to have tea or coffee at Toast Box. In my opinion, the Milo is the best drink there is there. Nice especially on a wet and cold day, not forgetting that chocolate wards off the blues.

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