Day 5 

commonman roaster


Ah, the customer is king. It’s good to know that customer service standards in Singapore are above reproach and something that Malaysian cafes should aspire to. Finally, I’m able to serve instead of serving and perusing green beans till the cows come home. My first pit stop is Common Man Roaster. I met owner Harry Grover and he shared his passion for his craft.



He served us an intoxicating house blend called CMCR which consisted of fruity Ethiopia Yirgzero and Guatemala Los Santos which gave my drink its chocolaty caramel body. I also detect Sumatra Tiga Raja that gave my drink a sweet, spicy finish. I love this coffee…


Not one to shy away from a little humour. I also sampled the “Lucky Basterd” flat whites. It consisted of Ethiopian Ardi Sidama (Natural) and Costa Rica Community varieties. There’s the sweet fragrance of Ethiopia that is berry-like replete with floral note and, of course, the chocolaty after taste of its Costa Rican beans.


nylon coffee

Nylon Coffee Roaster is a very famous boutique specialty coffee roaster in Singapore. Run by a knowledgeable husband-and-wife team, they sourced their beans directly with producers. I tried a V60 pour over Kenya Karinga that was abundantly aromatic due to its floral bouquet which also left a silky aftertaste in the mouth. It was a complex cup but a balanced one all the same. Next, we tried a Colombia Villa Rica V60 pour over. This coffee came up second in the Best Cup Cauca competition and I was blown away by the complexity on the palate –  superbly balanced cup that juggles plum, chocolate and black tea that is a clear winner in my books and a favourite for the day!