Jewel Coffee, Singapore

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Sometimes the best things are truly saved for last. We have been to Singapore many a time, what with one of us having permanent resident status at the island nation (guess which one?) and all the cafés that seem to be popping up.

Most of the cafés we have visited tended to be hipster-ish or kopitiam-retro-chic or just plain visually dazzling. The coffees? Always a decent cup, to be fair, though none has really wowed us yet. Till now.

We have heard about Jewel Coffee from our fellow caffeine-addicts cum café-hoppers, but its location in the CBD always made us wonder if the market there would even appreciate specialty coffee. The shop itself is certainly unpretentious in its furnishing; the folks efficient without being overly gregarious nor inattentive; in short, there is nothing to prepare us for our first sip.

Devil’s brewed coffee, a Sidamo Ethiopia, is astonishing: lightly acidic with rich floral notes that would wake up even the most sleep-deprived financial analyst. My espresso, what can I say? The best cup I have yet in Singapore. ‘Nuff said.

A humble-looking café for sure, but all the more a pleasant surprise and resounding success for it.

其實之前就一直聽聞Jewel Coffee的咖啡很不錯,
可不知怎麼的,就是一直無緣拜訪。
直到在上個月的澳洲自由行回程中;我們到星星國過聖誕時,
才終於有機會喝到那的咖啡。
踏入這家咖啡館時,老實說我還蠻驚訝的,
印象中咖啡館都會裝飾或佈置得很有情調、很有感覺;
可是這裡一眼望去,還真樸實無華啊!
心裡就在想,這的咖啡真的會好喝嗎?
(其實佈置和咖啡好不好喝根本就八竿子打不到一塊嘛,我還真是視覺動物啊!)

不過既然來了,當然還是要試試這的咖啡,
我點了一杯手沖Sidamo Ethiopia,而馬少則點了杯espresso。
喝了一口,微酸和那濃郁的花香讓我眼睛頓時都亮了起來!
我要說,這是我在星星國喝過最喜歡的一杯手沖咖啡!
唯一一個小小的遺憾就是,那後勁好像有點不足。
然後我嚐嚐了一口馬少的那杯espresso,那香味和口感都非常對味!
馬少也說那是他在星星國喝過最滿意的一杯espresso。
之前從沒想過在一家如此不起眼的咖啡館裡,
可以喝到了一杯那麼合我們口味的咖啡,
看來除了人不可貌相外,其實咖啡館也一樣。


Jewel Coffee
1 Shenton Way #01-07, 068803 Singapore
Mon-Fri 7am-8pm / Sat 8am-5pm / Sun closed
+65-6636-9452
www.facebook.com/jewelcoffee‎

Kenny is a writer. CK is a photographer. Together they café-hop around the world and have contributed to The Malay Mail Online, Time Out, and other cool publications. Read more of Kenny’s stories at Life for Beginners and check out CK’s photography at Devil's Tales 胡思亂想.

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