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My Favourite Singapore Finds: Harry Grover from 40 Hands

Each month, The Finder searches the island for the hippest and coolest expat “in the know” to share their favourite Singapore finds. Here, we get to know Harry Grover.

 

Who: Harry Grover, founder and director of 40 Hands and Common Man Coffee Roasters

What: Singapore’s first indie cafe offering 100-percent specialty beans, 40 Hands recently celebrated its fifth birthday. It was a catalyst for the island’s “third-wave coffee boom,” says Harry, whose award-winning Common Man opened in 2013.

Where: From Perth, Harry moved to Singapore in 2010.

 

Foodie Friends

Harry’s top SG restaurants – Catalan FOC, Middle Eastern Artichoke and Mediterranean Moosehead Kitchen-Bar – are run by friends. “We have mutual respect,” he says.

 

His Vintage Bent

“I like industrial-style furniture and art,” Harry says. One of his go-to sources: Second Charm for “nice, antique wood pieces.” You can even see his finds in 40 Hands. (Blk 21 Kallang Ave)

 

What Keeps Him Sane

“Working in F&B, you need a lot of stamina and to keep your mental health in check!” Harry’s fix: going to Pure Yoga and Yoga Movement regularly.

 

Not a Product Junkie

Harry keeps his style and regimen “super simple.” His standard outfit? Nudie jeans, sifr T-shirts and Vans. And as for his face? “Kiehl’s works for me.”

 

The Beans

“I want to see Common Man Coffee Roasters become the best café and roastery in Southeast Asia,” says Harry. ($57 per 1 kg)

 

By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder, January 2016

 

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