Singapore may be small but the city is making its mark on the coffee world
What Singapore lacks in size, it makes up for in a high number of quality coffee roasters. Last week we got together for Taste Of: Singapore to sample five coffees from some of the best roasters in the city. Each coffee was intriguing and delicious in its own way but one won the crowd favourite with an overwhelming swing of votes.
Each Taste Of event is an opportunity to sample the best coffee each corner of the world has to offer at the Bureaux headquarters in Melbourne. We brew a selection of coffees and do a blind taste test side by side. Attendees have the opportunity to shout out tasting notes and guess the origin before we reveal which coffee is which and finish up with a vote at the end of the night.
We featured five coffees in total, one each from Cata Coffee, Homeground Coffee, Bearded Bella, Little Big Coffee and Apartment. When it came to the final vote we weren’t expecting one coffee to stand out so starkly from the rest — stealing a vote from almost 50% of attendees, Apartment’s Diamond Lot 1318 was without a doubt the crowd favourite.
The Diamond Lot 1318 from Guji, Ethiopia is a carbonically macerated coffee that was used by Agniezska Rojewska to win the World Barista Championships in 2018. With notes of white peach, jasmine, pineapple and honey, the coffee is bright, refined and delicious in the cup. Carbonic maceration has become an increasingly popular process to express clarity of flavours.
For those of you that couldn’t be there with us on the night, here’s a rundown of everything we drank at Taste Of: Singapore…
Nuevo Trujillo / San Ignacio, Peru / Washed / Red & Yellow Caturra, Typica, Pache
Milk chocolate, plum, apricot
El Naranjal / Narino, Colombia / Washed / Castillo & Caturra
Sweet mandarin, candied orange, cinnamon, full bodied with mellow acidity
Gichathanini AA / Nyeri, Kenya / Washed / SL 28 & 34
Cherry tomato, blackcurrant, red apple, juicy
Karindundu / Nyeri, Kenya / Washed / SL 28 & 34
Raspberries, black plums, soursop (custard apple)=
Diamond Lot 1318 / Guji, Ethiopia / Washed Carbonic Maceration / Heirloom
White peach, jasmine, pineapple, honey
We’d like to thank the five roasters who shared their coffee with us, as well as Moon Dog and Chamellia for keeping us happy and hydrated with beer and iced tea. We’d also like to thank everyone who joined us on the night! All contributions from ticket sales will be donated to the Gitesi Project.
Taste Of is a series of regular coffee tasting events hosted by Bureaux Coffee.