Black or white, have it your way. With hot weather here, it’s never been a better time to get your cold brew fix in Singapore.
Cold brews usually have a longer brewing time compared to the regular cup of coffee, anywhere from two to 24 hours, and are made with a larger ratio of coffee grounds to cold filtered water. The end result is a smooth and rich coffee, with a pleasant aftertaste and less acids.
This speciality roaster and coffee bar offers deliveries of their bottled brews right to your doorstep. We like their black cold brew, brewed from Sidamo Guji beans from Ethiopia with its sweet strawberry and dark chocolate notes. Relatively weighty on the palate, this brew makes for a deliciously velvety mouthful of full-bodied flavour that leaves a very bright but not overly acidic aftertaste. Order from compoundcoffee.com. #01-08 The Interlace, 180 Depot Road. Tel: 9022 7242.
This cold brew is made with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans, and is slightly sweetened. What makes this coffee real attractive is that iridescent sparkle, that gives it its “gold brew” namesake, when shaken. The coffee itself is light and slightly acidic, certainly refreshing for a warm day. 73A Amoy Street. Tel: 8742 8908
Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
Ever heard of carbonated coffee? While it may sound strange, the cold brew ($7.90) tastes surprisingly pleasant, with a light, cool fizziness and barely any hints of acidity or bitterness. The addition of raw sugar contributes a mild, balanced sweetness of caramel and banana notes. A refreshing thirst quencher for a hot, sunny day. 113 Frankel Avenue. Tel: 6448 5852
With its addictive creaminess and decadent aftertaste, Grain Traders’ white cold brew ($7.50) may be an even bigger lure than their grain bowls. The dense and unctuously creamy java – a blend of beans from the Thippanahalli Estate in India and the Brazilian Ponto Alegre region, hot-air roasted by Papa Palheta – boasts the stronger body typical of South American beans. It’s balanced out with milk, cream and just a hint of sugar so that it goes down smoothly. The black cold brew is delightfully light and refreshing, with hint of wine and berries in the aftertaste. Go for both, if you can’t decide which to choose from. #01-01/02/03 CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street. Tel: 6348 6559
The cold brew from this charming space is made only with single-origin beans in a ratio of 1:6 over a period of eight to 10 hours, giving the cup a unique sweetness. The different varieties of coffee beans that change every now and then include Guatemalan, Honduran and Ethiopian. We recommend the Brazil Fazenda Rainha, where the smooth, creamy half-and-half highlights a lingering bittersweet aftertaste of milk chocolate and honey-roasted peanuts. 129 Rangoon Road. Tel: 6298 9216
Old Hen Coffee Bar
Old Hen’s cold brew ($6 black, $6.50 white) is made using the Four Chairs blend from Nylon Coffee roasters, which comprises beans from El Salvador and Nicaragua. Expect a soft, gentle mouthfeel with hints of dark cherries, dried fruits and hazelnuts that slide down smoothly. Both the white and black are recommended. 88 Rangoon Road. Tel: 6341 5458
O’Coffee Club’s Organic Jeju cold brew ($7.90) is brewed from sustainably farmed Ethiopian Gemadro coffee beans imported from Korea. Its smooth creaminess is a result of the fresh Jeju water used its its steeping and brewing process, that also softens the acidity of the coffee. Great with a touch of milk and sugar syrup. #B1-25/26 Raffles Exchange, 5 Raffles Place. Tel: 6443 2932
Oriole Coffee + Bar
Oriole serves up its white cold brew in the form of its Taisho M.A.D. Milk ($8). Pressed in-house from blended macadamias, almonds and dates, the rich concoction is double sieved before it is combined with the signature cold brew. It is said that iced coffee was introduced in Japan during the Taisho era, when proprietors invented original items to stay competitive – an apt moniker, as Oriole is touted as the first café in Singapore to successfully incorporate nut milk into coffee. #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, 96 Somerset Road. Tel: 6238 8348
TCC’s best seller cold brew ($6.80) is handily bottled so that you can take it with you. It’s unsweetened, and served with milk and sugar syrup on the side so you can flavour it as you like. The coffee specialist, which launched in 2003, makes its cold brew from grounds that steep between 12 to 24 hours. At all outlets, www.theconnoisseurconcerto.com