Coffee is a good “Wake me up” in the morning or in the afternoon, especially after a heavy lunch and you still need to head back to the office! The smell of coffee is simply irresistible to all coffee lovers. Just a cuppa first thing in the morning and you are ready for the day and there are days when my coffee does not turn out right and I would feel “incomplete”. Coffee here in Singapore is usually called Kopi, which is the Malay name for coffee.
The first thing I would need every time I came back to Singapore on vacation was a good cup of coffee either from Kopitiam (coffee shop), Ya Kun Kaya or Toast Box. There is something very unique about the coffee here. The coffee beans are roasted with margarine to a blackish brown colour, then ground and brewed with a cotton strainer. If you are having the coffee at the shop itself, it would be served in a thick white china cup with the greenish pattern (which is so synonymous with coffee here) and if it’s takeaway, it would be given to you either in a plastic bag, styrofoam cup or even in an empty condensed milk can! Kopi here is generally made with condensed milk or evaporated milk. Mind you, even with condensed milk, they will add sugar! Here are some tips on how to order your kopi here in Singapore from any of the local coffee shops.
- Kopi – coffee with condensed milk and sugar
- Kopi O – black coffee with sugar
- Kopi C – coffee with evaporated milk and sugar
- Kopi O kosong – coffee without sugar and milk
- Kopi C kosong – coffee with evaporated milk and no sugar
- Kopi siew dai – coffee with condensed milk and less sugar
- Kopi C siew dai – coffee with evaporated milk and less sugar
- Kopi peng – iced coffee with condensed milk
Saying that, I also love the filter coffee that you get mainly from the South Indian restaurants. Bru coffee beats everything else. It’s truly satisfying to have a cuppa after a good meal.
Need a caffeine fix anyone?