Hock Hai Coffee
531A Upper Cross St #02-68, Hong Lim Mkt & Food Ctr (Map) 6.30am – 3.30pm Sat & Sun
Watch the old master at work. He has been a "kopi boy" all his life and the respect he endows on every cup of affordable $1 coffee will earn your respect for it. He makes sure the grounds are well stirred in the old school coffee socks and just enough hot water at the correct temperature is used. The way he gingerly leans over and pours the coffee into the cup and tips the hot water tap for a quick shot of water to balance the intensity, is such a pleasure to notice. The robusta based coffee comes with a bold yet rounded bitter smooth flavour that is rounded off with the condensed or evaporated milk. It has the type of kick that older folks adore which is why so many are his regulars.
505 Beach Rd #B1-49, Golden Mile Food Ctr (Map) Mon, Tues, Thurs : 11.15am – 4pm Wed : 11am – 4pm Sat & Sun: 9.30am -4pm
Lawrence gave up his stressful job as a shipping executive and jumped into the hawker trade selling just one item, local coffee, with no experience. But he drips the coffee out of a European coffee machine and close- up videos can make you think it’s from a fancy café. The lines are constant here and he uses robusta beans that the usual kopitiam uses. The crema used also lends a rich buttery aroma to his thick local style coffee. He also offers tea, using Ceylon tea leaves, no less. His coffee, at almost $2, is expensive by local coffeeshop prices, but cheap compared to the “lifestyle” coffee joints. As the late Anthony Bourda in said, “coffee is coffee, it is not a lifestyle.”
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