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Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 – Pictures from Day 1

Singapore Coffee Festival is on from 4 – 6 August 2017 (which means right now!) for the public, but us trade and media had a luxurious 1st day today to check out the exhibitors minus the crowd. The layout of the festival is very spacious and actually spans 2 floors. You have to go through the security bag check for each of the floors that you visit, and again if you exit to go to the toilets (wow the manpower there). They’ve used up 11,000 sqm of floor space this year compared to about 7,000 sqm last year. There is a generous amount of space between the rows of booths, so if it feels crowded during the weekend, it just means it is a really popular festival!

Your ticket entitles you to TWO free drink samples of your choice. Choose wisely! Keep the drink samples card after you’re done, as it still entitles you to further discounts at the actual cafes up to 31 August 2017. For more details on the participating cafes, or for tickets, go to http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg/.

Scroll down for pictures of the Singapore Coffee Festival taken during the Trade and Media preview today. All pictures taken using iPhone 6.

Singapore Coffee Festival

Taken from my Instagram Stories, hence the picture quality….

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The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – New Food and Drinks!

I have a soft spot for The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf because it was there that I tried my maiden ice-blended coffee drink all those years back. When they first opened in Singapore, there were few other places to try such stuff, Starbucks being the main competition. There are multiple options in various permutations available today, however The Coffee Bean’s mocha ice-blended coffee is still one of my firm favourites.

So it was good to know that they have updated their food and drinks menu. From now until 24th May 2017, you can try two new Mexican Chocolate beverages. There’s the Mexican Chocolate Latte if you want a hot drink, and the Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended Drink if you want a cold drink.

The Coffee Bean - Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended $7 and Mexican Chocolate Latte $7

Mexican Chocolate Latte – Small: $7, Regular: $7.70, Large: $8.20

Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended Drink – Small $7, Regular $8, Large $9

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Caffè Vergnano 1882 Singapore

After our lunch at Real Food at South Beach, we decided to look for a cafe to have some dessert and coffee. Even though South Beach looks sprawling, it actually has only 2 cafes specialising in coffee! Dimbulah was closed so the default option was Caffe Vergnano.

Caffe Vergnano (8)

Lots of charging points for those who need juice for their devices

Thanks to the super high ceilings at South Beach, Caffe Vergnano looked very inviting. They made good use of the extra height by installing a historical timeline of their business. Very interesting I must say. I had no idea of Caffe Vergnano’s illustrious background. This is a cafe run by Italy’s oldest family-owned coffee roasters, and the roasting business started all the way back in 1882! They source and procure the finest quality coffee beans from around the world which are then slow-roasted to a time-honoured tradition. The Singapore outlet is the 100th outlet that they have opened!

Caffe Vergnano (7)

Chai Tea Latte $5.50

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Assembly Coffee 2016–Closed

It’s been 2 years since Assembly Coffee opened at Evans Road. How time flies! I remember I was so happy to have a 3rd wave cafe opening near my work place, and since then, Singapore has been inundated, with cafes galore. What a difference 2 years makes.

Despite my love for coffee, I’m not one of those who needs a fix every day. I don’t get a buzz from drinking coffee, and I can have it even at night. It’s more of the idea of relaxing over a cup of beverage that perks me up, so I’ve only visited Assembly Coffee once in a while, when my colleagues have time during lunch to sit down for a cuppa, which is not all that often. I actually dislike doing takeaways as it just defeats the purpose for me.

Anyway, last weekend I was back in the office to do some clearing up and decided to indulge a bit by getting their waffles. Assembly Coffee is not just known for its coffee, they do a mean waffle too. There are currently 5 waffle options on the menu and the 3 of us decided to share the mixed berry compote with vanilla ice cream one.

Mixed Berry Compote Buttermilk Waffles (1)

Mixed Berry Compote Buttermilk Waffles $12.50

I must say the 3 of us unanimously agreed that the waffle was fantastic. The waffle was crispy on the outside, but still fluffy on the inside. We don’t really like waffles that are just crispy throughout, then it feels like we’re just eating crust or something. The generous dollop of vanilla ice cream and mixed berries went really well with the waffle, softening the crispy exterior. Being the sweet toothed me, I wouldn’t mind if it were just a little bit sweeter though. Even the taste of the waffle itself was slightly different from the more one dimensional versions that you get from average cafes. I guess it’s the buttermilk at work.

Mixed Berry Compote Buttermilk Waffles (2)

Another waffle picture just for the fun of it. Scroll down if you want to see Assembly Coffee’s 2016 menu.

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Coffee Nowhere Singapore

Chanced upon Coffee Nowhere a couple of months back when I was in the vicinity. I wasn’t familiar with the West Coast area so I was really glad to be able to find a welcoming looking cafe in the somewhat sleepy mall that is West Coast Plaza. My colleague and I couldn’t stay too long as we had to rush back to the office, but we did have time to try their pasta and a flat white.

Fast forward to last month and our fates met again when I received an invitation from Coffee Nowhere to check out their extensive menu as well as brew bar. Btw, in case you were wondering why on earth the cafe is named a seemingly inauspicious Coffee No Where, the name is actually Coffee Now Here, paying significance to owner Welson Ang’s coffee journey from no where, to a full fledged business headquartered in Malaysia. They have expanded into Singapore (3 outlets at last count) and are looking to expand into the region as well.

Coffee Now Here outlet

Coffee Nowhere is a pretty spacious cafe, with seating on the ground level as well as a little corridor area at a mezzanine level for those who wish to have some privacy while catching up with their work. That’s very generous of Coffee Nowhere, when most cafes would prefer if you didn’t linger too long taking up precious seats.

Coffee Nowhere Food Montage

Food here comprises of numerous family and kid favourites such as pizzas, pastas and baked-rice, jazzed up with crowd favourite ingredients such as chilli crab, gooey cheese, and even a pizza with lychee in it!

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