Tea and coffee cafes to enjoy your favourite beverage in

Tea goes from traditional to trendy with special infusions, new steeping techniques and customised blends, while the affair with coffee continues strong. We sniffed out our favourite roasters in Singapore for the best brews, and tea rooms that take tea to a whole new level.

Coffee cafes

Chock Full Of Beans
The ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon, Chock Full Of Beans with its sweet aroma of loca roasted coffee ($3.50-$9.90)  distinguishes themselves with their signature 2D and 3D latte art that you have probably seen regularly on your insta-feed. From iconic Hello Kitty to Chinese New Year-inspired three wise monkeys, these are specially designed by the talented in-house barista. Choose from a variety of mains and snacks such as pasta, pizza, cakes and sandwiches. #01-2090, 4 Changi Village Road. Tel: 6214 8839

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Coffees are rotated on a seasonal basis to highlight some of the best coffee farms in growing regions along the coffee belt. From espresso ($4) and nitro  black matter ($7), to brewed coffee; daily brew ($3) or cold brew ($7) and hand brews; bright, balanced or bold, seasonal single origins are brewed by the cup. The owners are the same folks from Papa Palheta who practically introduced third wave coffee to local punters. 150 Tyrwhitt Road. Tel: 6299 4321

Forty Hands & Common Man Roasters
Harry Grover from Perth created Forty Hands in collaboration with the Spa Esprit Group. The idyllic neighbourhood café in Tiong Bahru has won coffee lovers over by elevating the status of coffee, promoting sustainability by direct trade and offering specialty coffee ($4-$8) made with super fresh beans. Grover originally bought all of Forty Hands’ roasted coffee from specialty roasters Five Senses Coffee Australia–which has 14 of years of experience in the industry. He then partnered with Five Senses to open Common Man Coffee Roasters while delivering fresh, locally roasted coffee ($4.50) through its own space and other various wholesale accounts in the region. 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12. Tel: 622 58545; 22 Martin Road #01-00. Tel: 6836 4695

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Jimmy Monkey Café and Bar
Owned by a true blue Melbournian who has lived in Singapore for the past 10 years, their signature’s a musthave espresso brewed with Singapore’s very first Slayer Espresso machine. Indulge in the whole experience with roasting of beans on-site from some of the best independent and Rainforest Alliance farms, featuring seasonal raw green beans from all over the world. Each espresso is a handpicked blend by the experienced barista or from single origin beans. The house blends change from month to month. #01-51 One-North Residences, 9 One- North Gateway. Tel: 6777 8470

Toby’s Estate
Choose between five brewing methods: chemex ($6), siphon ($8), aeroPress ($6), woodneck ($6) and V60 ($6) after picking out either the light or medium roast single origin coffee of the day. The perfect perk-meup include espresso: double espresso ($4), piccolo latte ($4), mocha chai ($6) and flat white ($5). Steeped for over 12 hours, the cold brew ($6) option is the light roast single origin of the day. #01-03/04, 8 Rodyk Street. Tel: 6636 7629

Tea cafes

Arteastiq Boutique Tea House
A portmanteau of art and tea–Arteastique is located in the heart of Orchard and is well-known for its savouries and all-day breakfast and brunch menu. Crowdfavourites include the iced lychee tea ($11) and hot mint lemongrass tea ($11) that are served in a pot with side biscuits. From ’Tea’ tox and ginger teas, to floral teas and Japanese and Chinese teas, Arteasetiq offers a wide range. Order one of these tea options while taking part in social art jamming. #04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road. Tel: 6235 8370

Mad About Sucre
Popular for their pretty cakes and artistry, they concoct their own blend of teas to pair with desserts. Leaves sourced from all over the world are blended to suit the cake flavours. Black tea with pineapple and dried mango ($7/pot) picks up citrusy notes in the Passione (light cheese, passionfruit cake) while delightful and floral teas ($7/ pot) complement the smoky-sweet Moulin Rouge. 27 Teo Hong Road. Tel: 6221 3969

Smitten Specialty Coffee & Tea
Smitten’s curated tea menu features a variety of the best teas from Japan, India, China, Taiwan and Nepal–that are freshly harvested from each season. The tea menu is refreshed daily, though now you’ll have to order the products online instead of heading to their former Robertson Quay location. The wide range of tea leaves include Moroccan Rosebuds ($20), French Peppermint ($15), Himalayan Bouquet Organic ($20) and Alishan Mi Xiang Oolong ($43). They also offer a tea consultation service to help you master the complex craft of tea brewing. #03- 01123 Defu Lane 10. Tel: 9876 2347

Tea Bone Zen Mind
Founder Carrie Chen has been shaping a renaissance of Chinese tea for more than two decades, and has taken over two (one for tea connoisseurs and another for casual tea drinkers) threestorey shophouses in Emerald Hill to bring the art of tea appreciation to a wider audience. If you are a lover of old, rare Chinese tea, Japanese and English tea, Chen’s the person to look for. Serious connoisseurs have gone to her for aged pu-erh that costs anywhere from $280- $22,000 for a single disc. Other loose tea leaves selection ($25- 280) include Charcoal Oolong, Tie Guan Yin, White Peony and Cui Feng, while tea bags ($25-35) include Ginseng Tea, Lychee Oolong and Oriental Beauty. 98 Emerald Hill Road. Tel: 6336 4212

Tian Fu Tea Room
Adjoining each of the three Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurants, Tian Fu Tea Room carries the distinction of being the first teahouse within a restaurant in Singapore. Savour a selection of the highest quality Chinese tea ($38/person), skilfully brewed by Tea Connoisseurs who share the art of tea appreciation with the guests. At Tian Fu Tea Room, you get to enjoy the finest brews that China has to offer, and also experience traditional Chinese arts and culture such as tea brewing and calligraphy. Parkroyal on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Road. Tel: 6428 3170; other outlets at Parkroyal on Beach Road and UOB Plaza.

Featured image: Chye Seng Huat Hardware