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Ristretto Roasters, Portland

August 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Ristretto Roasters closed its Beaumont branch and opened its doors at Couch Street just yesterday! Like when we were there at about 6pm, they were literally just opened for business, for like 3 hours or so?

Normally we go to the Nicolai branch but heard that RR was opening one at Couch St and we were pretty excited about it, because it has the latest opening hours, until 8pm, so you can grab a cuppa and chill later into the evening. Myself and T have found a lack of good coffee roasters that open past 6 in Portland, so needless to say, we were stoked to know of the new Couch St RR’s opening hours.

The place sits at a lovely corner of NE Couch and 6th Ave, and is apparently designed by Bamboo Revolution; the avant garde wooden furnishings are telling of that, and they serve awesome coffee, no less. And their iced coffee/cold brew comes in Ball mason jars, how cool is that?

Ristretto Roasters @ Couch St

Another cool place to chill with great coffee, hurray!

Ristretto Roasters
555 NE Couch Street
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 248-6767

Patisserie G, Singapore

May 12, 2013 1 comment

3D Latte Art but no 3D Glasses required..

3D Latte Art but no 3D Glasses required!

Chic japanese themed cafe located in Millenia Walk. Not a typical place that I would head to for a cup of cuppa. Heard and saw pictures of the 3d latte art totally made me want to check it out myself. Coffee beans are from local roastery Liberty Coffee was definitely a plus! Be sure to try out the desserts from the Cordon Bleu pastry chef Gwen Lim who has apparently worked under Pierre Herme himself! Pretty Awesome!

Patisserie G, Singapore

Cappuccino and Triomphe
Burnt salted caramel mousse and hazelnut sponge

Patisserie G
9 Raffles Boulevard,
#01-40 Millenia Walk,
Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6338-7578
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Singapore

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

*Drum rolls* CSHH is the flagship store of Papa Palheta. If you like PPP, you will definitely love this place featuring a Coffee Bar, Coffee Retail, The Roastery, The Workshop and The Annex. The roastery and coffee bar is exactly what it means, the annex is where the tasting happens (call and reserve in advance! 23 bucks!) and the coffee retail is where they display the coffee gadgets and add ons some of which are really interesting.

Jalan Besar is definitely not the easiest place to get to but I went there twice without driving. so its not impossible lol. Don’t be fooled by the front of the store, it may look closed due to the shutter grills but the “main entrance” is actually on the side, just like how PPP’s entrance was behind. Pretty cool concept and it definitely fits well into the entire row of shophouses in the area.

Check out the menu too. its really simple.. espresso + milk, espresso + water and brewed coffee. no coffee jargon involved. with a really interesting drink that I didn’t get a chance to try.. the beer (& coffee) moment where the description was something like Jungle Beer x Papa Palheta if I am not wrong. maybe someone who has tried that can let me know if its awesome 😛

Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Singapore

Espresso + Milk

Smooth, creamy with no residual bitterness.. Coffee junkies.. u know where to head to for your next caffeine fix.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Singapore 207563
Tel : +65 6396 0609
Tue-Thu: 9am-7pm
Fri-Sun: 9am-10pm

Toby’s Estate, Singapore

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Toby’s Estate, is a pretty renowned coffee chain in Australia. Originally in Toby’s Mum garage in Sydney now expanded to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Singapore, and even Brooklyn. They were also in the Union Square Holiday Markets in NYC. I kinda like the Robertson Quay area as its usually not too crowded and there’s plenty of dining areas. There’s also a couple of coffee places where you can sip your coffee by the river. Of course when the weather permits..

Toby's Estate, Singapore

Cappuccino

Sat by the river for a bit and it started pouring.. Coffee on a weekday afternoon was awesome nevertheless. *Thumbs up*

Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street
Singapore 238216
Tel: +65 6636 7629
Daily: 7.30am – 6.00pm

Barista, Portland

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Barista, Portland

Latte

Barista
539 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209
Weekdays 6am to 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 7am to 6pm

Coava Coffee Roasters, Portland

December 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Updates: Latest addition in town! Coava just opened a new branch at
2631 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214
Mon – Fri: 6am – 6pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 6pm
Definitely check it out when you are in the area!

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Packed with people with or without rain, though most of the time it’s the latter. This place is huge, but seats are still really limited. They seem to occupy about half the space and the other half is a huge empty space with several planks of wood. Unique and interesting design. They have a sleek counter table in the middle of the café where everyone seems to have a MacBook in front of them while they are sipping on their coffee. Apparently, their baristas, Devin Chapman and Sam Purvis, won the North West Regional Barista Competition (NWRBC) and Brewers Cup for both 2011 and 2012. Devin made my cappa that day, totally recognized him. On a side note, the baristas are really friendly! Definitely worth a visit if you do drop by Portland!

Coava Coffee Roasters

Cappuccino

Coava Coffee Roasters
1300 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 894 – 8134
Weekdays 6am – 6pm
Saturday 7am – 6pm
Sunday 8am – 6pm
Coffee, Pastry & Wi-Fi

The Orange Thimble

November 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Wear a thimble to prepare yourself from the little pricks in life!

The burgeoning coffee scene in Singapore is a joy to explore, for a coffee junkie like myself, and The Orange Thimble is the latest place I went to, to sniff out a noteworthy cafe. The above sentence is their tagline, and it’s pretty catchy I must say. What makes it more priceless is the innuendo; little pricks. Hurhur. Yes, I digress.

So The Orange Thimble is a new addition to the deluge of cafes/eateries at the Tiong Bahru area, and it is named as such because the shophouse space used to be a sewing shop. Why orange? Well, orange is a rather vintage colour, and the cafe no doubt emanates a quasi vintage feel from the outside.

The Orange Thimble is what I call an iceberg cafe, because what you see from the outside of the cafe, is just the tip of the iceberg; What you see is not all you get. The cafe is further compartmentalized into spaces that extend into the backyard, and every compartment has a slightly different feel to it. I mentioned a quasi vintage feel because the cafe has vintage paraphernalia here and there, but the furnishings are somewhat modern, and nice photographic pieces adorn the walls. My favourite “compartment” was the space all the way to the back, where natural lighting came in through the ceiling, and the brick-lined walls complemented the long wooden communal bench that I chose to sit at. Moreover, it was a rainy day when I went, and there weren’t that many people, so I had the entire space to myself. Most importantly, I am super afraid of cold, so the space was the only place (other than the seats along the corridor at the entrance) that wasn’t overwhelmed by air con. Hah.

The Orange Thimble

Quiche with bacon and chorizo

The Orange Thimble

My usual cappuccino with cute retro gem biscuits ( i like the biscuit more than the sugary bit btw!)

The Orange Thimble is a nice hideout to read a good book, to catch up with a friend, or simply to immerse in the sobriety of the Tiong Bahru estate. There are places you would return to for their exceptional food/drinks or for their attentive service, or simply, for how shiok the place makes you feel. The Orange Thimble, I believe, falls neatly under the last category for me, and I would definitely return; It’s high on the shiok scale.

The Orange Thimble
Blk 56, 01-68, Eng Hoon Street
+65 9750-3989

Tues / Wed / Thurs / 11am – 9pm
Fri / Sat / 9am- 10.30pm
Sun / 9am-9pm
Mon / closed