Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Smitten Coffee and Tea Bar
Darren and hongyuan are one of the nicest fellas in the Coffee industry, and Smitten is their little cafe at the Quayside, along the Robertson stretch which I incidentally love. A little hole-in-the-wall, it serves delicious coffees and a selection of pastries and confectioneries from all over the island, such as Gobi's cakes, and macarons from ET Artisans. Do try their "black sesame" macaron - it's delicious.
In terms of coffee preparation, they use a Mirage, and the beans are roasted in-house from all over the world. They also offer other 'slow-brew' methods such as a cold drip, and also other pourover methods such as the v60 and the chemex. Recently, however, they've come up with the "Prancing Elf" Christmas Blend for the holiday season. I popped by on Sunday and was suitably impressed - this was an impressive drink. A mixture of Sumatra Blue Batak and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, the Christmas Blend was very spicy, i.e. full of spice notes, with notes of cloves, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts, particularly pistachos, with a long nutty aftertaste of pistachos. My friend said she could discern cranberries and turkey, but I would not go that far, as yet. Even so, it is a great blend - one should check it out. [8.5/10]
Their usual blend is called the Thumper, and it's great if you like fruity coffees. It's a 4-bean blend, although I have forgotten the exact composition of beans. This one is nice and it's constantly evolving; well balanced. [8/10].
Do check out this place!