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Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

By Saturday, March 28, 2015 , , , ,

Can't complain about the lack of coffee spots in the East anymore with so many sprouting like mushrooms! I actually visited Craftsmen Specialty Coffee at Siglap V, just opposite Siglap Centre, when they first opened (that was months back). Well, it took this long because well.. it's just another cafe... who gets its beans from somewhere else, and in this case from Dutch Colony Coffee Co., which opened its outpost a few streets down... And as the story goes....

First, the coffee. The Craftsmen blend is 40% El Salvador Finca El Carmen, 30% Ethiopia Konga natural Yirgacheffe and 30% Sumatra Triple Picked Mandheling. You get balanced notes with a hint of ripe lemon and dark chocolate finish. The coffee was bold and robust, just the way i like it. 
Drinks are in the $4-$5 range. Our latte and flat white were both $4.50 each. To differentiate itself, Craftsmen also has a brew bar which does V60, Chemex, Siphon, Woodneck and French Press coffees ($6-$8).  You can also get your hands on the usual coffee making products- Hario, Bodum blahblah.
Food wise, we weren't impressed. Quiches ($9) and sandwiches ($15-16) are made in house. We had the Pulled Pork sandwich ($15), which was MEH. The meat wasn't seasoned well. It tastes of meat that's bland and tough. Where's the spice man? The choice of bread was also kinda off with a thin waxy brown skin and a strange center with a chewy pull. Well because the meat was so dry, it remained separated from the bread.
Thankfully, they chose the right cake and pastry supplier, Fathis, who apparently supplies to many cafes (i can't be sure of that) but anyhoo, i was thoroughly impressed with their moist and chunky banana walnut bread with a dollop of of cream cheese frosting. Other cakes available include a Salted Caramel Popcorn and Blueberry Cheesecake, and they look really hearty!
So well, head over to Craftsmen for coffee and a piece of cake if you're in the area. After all, it beats having the usual Coffee Club mudpie, or Udders ice cream. 

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
2 First Street, Siglap V, #01-01
Singapore 458278
Daily: 8.30am - 8pm

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