The maturing appreciation of a fine cup of coffee among consumers here is rightly reflected in the growing array of choice cafes and roasteries coffeeholics and connoisseurs alike are now spoilt with. Because it’s not only about getting your hands on a well-pulled espresso or drip coffee, or about getting behind a more conscious cuppa joe (from bean to bar).
It’s a noble penchant for sure, but one that is increasingly met with the support of a new generation of discerning coffee drinkers, those who are just as appreciative of a hip place to hang out at. Some of our homegrown favourites include Gather (by the folks behind Punch), Apartment Coffee, Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, Liberty Coffee, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, The Populus, Nylon Coffee, Highlander Coffee, Homeground Coffee Roasters and Common Man Coffee Roasters, to name a few. Here, though, are a few fresh options to add to your list.
Round Boy Roasters Coffee Bar and Roastery
Established in early 2018, this independent roastery launched its café space in January this year; it’s where a growing base of subscribers and coffee aficionados in search of quality roasts and the wide selection of beans can now swing by for a cuppa and conversation. Regulars enjoy being part of the community in which ideas and techniques on how to brew a better cup are openly shared. A good range of coffee machines, equipment and accessories are also available to budding home baristas and supported by workshops and one-on-one sessions to help them “get the best out of their purchase”, shares co-founder Yanfeng.
He adds: “Our Double Chocolate beans are a crowd-pleaser—served as a flat white, think of a rich, dark chocolate taste that lingers in your mouth.” It is also luscious and luxurious as an espresso, he notes, adding that their Dark Eclipse blend as a lungo is a more gentle shot that boasts an initial nuttiness followed by fruity notes of berries that linger “and gives you a sweet lingering taste in your mouth”. There’s also the Citrus Sunrise as a light filter brew that packs refreshing hints of lime and lemon peels, but it’s their Ethiopia Guji Hambele that “tops the charts for the filter lovers” who are amazed by its prominent notes of blueberries. It’s currently cosy space though expansion plans are on the minds of the owners. For now, though, “getting more benches so that our customers can soak up the Jalan Bukit Merah vibes while they enjoy their coffee would suffice”, affirms Yanfeng.
Round Boy Roasters Coffee Bar and Roastery is located at Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-1092 Block 146, S(160146).