UPDATE: Art52 Coffee has closed; learn more about its new incarnation Sweet Blossom Coffee Roasters here.

When does art and coffee mingle?

First runner-up at the 2013 Battle of Baristas Championship, Penang-born barista Yeesiang Ang has headed south to launch a new pop-up café. Housed in an art gallery along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee (the “Cultural Street” of Johor Bahru named after a famous Chinese merchant and kapitan), Ang’s café promises to deliver his brand of stellar espressos and smooth cappuccinos.

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Not all Singaporean cafés are hipster paradises. The community-driven Loysel’s Toy has a bucolic feel unusual for the bustling metropolis; there are even commuter bicycles available for rental!

This cosy café located along the Kallang Riverside Park is named after Edward Loysel de Santais, the engineer who created the world’s first commercial coffee machine. Debuting at the 1855 Paris Exposition, the machine made over 1,000 cups of coffee an hour, a feat unheard of in that day.

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This sweet little café is run by the husband and wife team of Klaus and Lena Hierer. The bright and simple décor is especially welcoming when coming in from the summer showers outside. The brunch-style food by Lena is straightforward, fresh and delicious — from panini to pancakes, all made to order.

Klaus mans the front of house, and it’s great fun chatting with a fellow coffee geek, especially one as exuberant as this young German. The way his eyes light up as we discuss different brewing methods is infectious. Thanks to him, we discover where to finally get a Karlsbader Kanne (at his beans supplier, Supremo — but more on this in a later post).

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