First things first, let us clarify: While International Coffee Day has been unofficially celebrated every year on 29 September, the official date set by the International Coffee Organisation is 1 October. Yeah, we’re confused too. But who cares as long as you get your caffeine? If you want to do something special this year to commemorate the longstanding relationship between humans and coffee (the first records of coffee-drinking date back to the 10th century), here are three newish kids on the block who set themselves apart with their dedication to bringing you the best brew.
1. Stamping Ground Coffee
This tiny nook looks nondescript, but packs a punch. The menu is just as minute — only coffee, specially made bottled juices and simple sarnies — but everything on it is painstakingly done. Coffee-wise, what’s used here is the Throwback blend developed by local king of coffee beans, Papa Palheta. Think robust and almost chocolatey cuppas. If the weather’s hot out, the cold brews, served in amber bottles, make for a good pick-me-up.
Find Stamping Ground Coffee at 31 Club Street.
Photo: @stampinggroundcoffee via Instagram
2. & Why
You’ll feel like you’ve crashed the set of Mad Men the moment you enter &Why. And why? The café-bistro is done up like a swanky underground lounge in New York, with dark wood tables and exposed brick walls. Meanwhile, the owners and baristas are always decked out in smart shirt-trousers-vest combos. (Our fash editor approves.) Dress code aside, what sets &Why apart is that it doesn’t sell plebeian coffee. What you get instead is “serious” java made via three brewing methods: The V60, Chemex and cold press.
Find &Why at 31 Bali Lane.
Photo: @andwhyatbalilane via Instagram
3. Mavrx Coffee Apothecary
Mavrx (say “mavericks”) Coffee isn’t the sort of café you’d go to for brunch and drinks. It only serves coffee (available in the form of espresso, white, black, cold brew shots or iced) and has limited seating. Not that any of that matters, considering how good the coffee is. The Allpress blends are brewed from beans that hail from Brazil, Kenya and El Salvador and are generally rich, thick and robust. Look out for limited edition creations like a cookie cone cup (coffee served in an ice cream waffle cone!). Another draw: The super cute takeaway cups emblazoned with quotes like “Get Sh*t Done” and “Eat Pray Coffee”.
Find Mavrx Coffee Apothecary at 1A Duxton Hill.
Photo: @mavrxcoffee via Instagram