If you like to start every day with a coffee, you can take your obsession to the next level by learning how to brew the perfect cup of coffee. At barista workshops you can learn everything from how to roast and grind coffee beans, to how to craft intricate patterns with milk foam. At these coffee workshops in Singapore, you can go behind the counter and learn from master baristas. Here’s your chance to be a barista at these Coffee Workshops!
1. PPP Coffee @ Chye Seng Huat Hardware
DRINK: Papa Palheta started as a wholesale coffee distributor and was one of the first places to promote high-quality barista coffee. Now renamed PPP Coffee, they still supply beans and coffee to cafes throughout Singapore and Malaysia. To complete the experience, PPP Coffee also run a smart cafe complex. Situated in an old hardware store, it’s slightly confusingly named Chye Seng Hardware Store (or CSH Coffee Bar). But don’t let the name fool you. This cafe serves brunch staples and baked goods – but the coffee is still the main attraction. You can try a series of brews, including the popular Nitro Black Matter ($7); a smooth cold brew that gets passed through nitrogen to create a creamy, frothy top.
LEARN: Workshops are sometimes held on the second floor of CSH Coffee Bar. Nicknamed the C-Platform, this floor is equipped with state-of-the-art coffee gadgets, apparatus and machines so you can learn about coffee, beyond the bean. If tasting and brewing is more your thing, your classes may be in the Annex, a glassed-in workshop space in the yard of CSH Coffee Bar. Topics range from latte art workshops focusing on the foundations of milk techniques, to interactive coffee appreciation and cupping sessions. These classes give you an overview of specialty coffee and let you taste different coffees.
Address: The Annex, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, 150 Tyrwhitt Rd., 207563
Tel: 6299 4321
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Daily)
2. Common Man Coffee Roasters
DRINK: Launched by Australian coffee wholesaler Five Senses Coffee, this bistro-style café feels like a cafe in Sydney or Melbourne. You get floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of wood, and a menu of speciality coffees, including Flat White, Long Blacks and cold brews. If you want something different, ask staff for an “uncommon” filtered coffee. This brew varies every day, depending on what the roastery supplies to the café. You might get a brew made from beans grown in Coko in Rwanda – which apparently results in a “citrusy cuppa”. Or it might be a Kenyan coffee with a “rich, jammy body.” One final word: The menu is large, but the Aussie-style breakfast and brunch offerings are the big deal here. Go early or be prepared to queue.
LEARN: Common Man Coffee Roasters train professional baristas-to-be at the CMCR Academy. It’s a café laboratory and a dedicated training facility for professionals, but it also holds courses for people who just want to get more from their cafe visits. As well as cupping sessions, which teach you how to appreciate different coffee beans, you can join workshops on barista skills, latte art or manual brewing. After a class, you get a certificate and a bag of CMCR coffee.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
Address: 22 Martin Rd., #01-00, 239058
Tel: 6836 4695
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Daily)
3. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
DRINK: Here’s a little historical fact for you: the founder of Tiong Hoe Gim Kee Trading, Tan Tiong Hoe, taught Leon Foo, the founder of PPP Coffee, how to roast coffee beans. This family-run business has been importing quality coffee beans for decades, but the café itself only opened in 2014. Called Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, it serves all the usual espresso bar favourites like mocha latte and macchiato. Plus you can also try unusual drinks like limited-edition cold tea brews, the honey-infused Pollen White Cold Brew Coffee, which has a sweet, floral flavour and a creamy body. For something that packs more punch, try their aromatic Amber Cold Drip.
LEARN: Coffee classes at Tiong Hoe Speciality Coffee aim to teach you to become a coffee expert. The Basics course covers the fundamentals of coffee making and includes theory and basic brewing skills. You can also pick up skills on milk texturing and drink preparations, which teaches you how to create coffee art. There are also more advanced classes like coffee calibration, where you will get free play to practice making adjustments on your coffee equipment to create your own espresso blend.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
Address: 170 Stirling Rd., #01-1133, 140170
Tel: 6474 5442
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sat. + Sun.)
4. Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
DRINK: With four cafes around town at Fusionopolis, UE Square, Frankel Avenue, and New Tech Park, plus a roastery and coffee academy in Defu Lane, Dutch Colony Coffee Co. is one of the pioneers of coffee education in Singapore. As well as selling speciality beans and blends at the cafes, the chain is known for brunch items. It has a solid fanbase for the signature Hearty Breakfast Platter ($19), a filling breakfast menu piled high with chicken sausages, turkey bacon, avocados, sourdough bread and scrambled eggs.
LEARN: The “academy” part of Dutch Colony Co. comes in the form of Katalyst Coffee Academy. The educational platform of Dutch Colony Coffee Co., Kataylyst Coffee serves as a platform to educate and serve all level of barista. Be it entry, mid-level and even professionals – all are welcomed at Katalyst. Classes use the latest coffee gadgets but they are held in a cosy non-classroom set-up, so you don’t feel intimadated.
Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
Address: Kataylyst Coffee Academy, 127 Defu Lane 10, #02-03, 538234
Tel: 6281 0710
Opening hours: 9 a.m to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.) Classes are by appointment only. Closed on weekends.
5. Highlander Coffee
DRINK: Highlander Coffee began as a coffee wholesaler, supplying to offices and other cafes before venturing out on their own with Espresso Bar. While the café itself is a tiny space, the coffee it serves packs a big flavour punch. The extensive beverage menu serves mainly espresso-based brews like Americano, Flat White, Mocha and Latte. But these classics are given a twist, coming in all sorts of funky flavours like Kahlua and hazelnut. It’s also nice that you can choose from a selection of single origin beans to create your own flavour profile. Pair your drink with their light savoury and sweet bites, ranging from sandwiches and salads to cakes and lasagne.
LEARN: Highlander Coffee Academy has three different levels of courses aimed as casual coffee lovers, gourmands and professionals. Casual coffee fans can join cupping sessions to see the best way to taste coffee and learn about coffee beans from different continents. The Gourmet coffee appreciation seminar teaches you how to prepare your own specialty coffee at home. Serious coffee drinkers can take a professional barista workshop, which uses a commercial espresso machine.
Highlander Coffee Espresso Bar
Address: 49 Kampong Bahru Rd., 169362
Tel: 6223 7102
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
Originally published on SHAPE, March 2017 / Last updated by Sabrina Ng
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