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Mellower Coffee Tasting

“Just For A Cup of Good Coffee” that’s the slogan when you visit Mellower Coffee in Singapore, at their Robinson Road or Middle Road cafes. A leading boutique coffee brand from China, they have shown great professionalism and passion in their coffee culture, in a minimalist chic, classy, cosy and comfortable café boutique environment.

I heard about Mellower Coffee and visited their outlet at Robinson Road previously. They had a range of coffee that attracted my attention and I didn’t really get to know more about them during my visit with my friends. At a recent Mellower Coffee tasting event invitation, I got the opportunity to know more about Mellower Coffee, their history and origins, their range of Mellower coffee and their Mellower Coffee Signature beverages.

Established since 2011, a coffee brand from China, adopting a from-plantation-to-cup industry model. They aim to deliver quality speciality coffee through their professionalism, platform and passion for coffee. They strive to be the leading brand in the coffee industry. Mellower Coffee expanded overseas to locations Singapore and Korea, eyeing further expansion into Vietnam and United Kingdom.

After their short presentation, we started with the Mellower coffee tasting and appreciation. Being a coffee lover myself, I was most excited with the tasting and appreciation. Observing how the barista prepares the various coffee beans for tasting, he was meticulous and precise, in ensuring the prescribed amount of coffee powder and water mixing well together to deliver the best coffee tasting appreciation experience for everyone of us there.

Mellower Single Origin Series

Colombia: Nut x Green Grapes

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe: Floral x Bergamot x Lemon

Kenya: Tomato x Brown Sugar x Berry

Sumatra Mandheling: Cocoa x Butter

Each of their Mellower Single Origin Series has its own unique quality, taste and fragrance. I encourage the coffee lover in you to taste each of them before deciding which is your favourite, since we all have different taste buds and preferences.

Mellower Classic

Mellower Coffee has a range of coffee products that can be purchased for your own consumption at home or as gifts for your family and friends. They are the Drop Coffee, Coffee Beans and Bag Coffee (do check out their website for more details on their coffee products).

I am going to share on their Drip Coffee, one of the coffee products that I tried during the coffee tasting event. The barista from Mellower Coffee demonstrated how to prepare and setup the Drip Coffee when we want to drink them at home. We also got the opportunity to taste it during the session and it’s pretty good.

Mellower Coffee Signature – Sakura Fubuki

Mellower Coffee has a few signature coffee beverages (check out their website for more information)

  • Sweet Little Rain
  • Ice Lemon Sparkling Yirgacheffe
  • Ice Rose Fresh Cream Lungo
  • Sakura Fubuki

In the near future, I hope to try out their different signature coffee by Mellowe Coffee and share about my photos and experiences on my Instagram and Facebook Page.

During the coffee tasting event, we tried this Mellower Coffee signature drink, the Sakura Fubuki. This is a special coffee beverage and for those who love the cherry blossom, you would be to relate with this unique coffee beverage. Fubuki means snow storm. Therefore, Sakura Fubuki means the wind blowing the sakura petals off from the trees as though it is like a snow storm.

This is a romantic drink, the cherry blossom is only for a short period of time and when the petal falls, it’s the end of the season, just like the first love that we all had, so wonderful yet so short lived, beautiful yet there is a sense of bitterness.

The Sakura Fubuki is presented in two separate segments, the glass contains the Sakura blossom preserve while the test tubes contain two shots of espresso. Before we started to mix them together by pouring the espresso into the glass, everyone of us were busy taking photos of this drink and the pouring process. Once you mixed them together, we would get a taste of bitterness from the espresso, saltiness of the sakura petal preserves and sweetness of the syrup. All these coming together gives a unique and special taste to the Sakura Fubuki.

There is something special about Mellower Coffee, from the quality of their coffee beans selection from different parts of the world, their minimalist chic, cosy and comfortable café boutique environment, their signature and unique coffee beverages.

I am impressed with their boutique café environment, I love the ambience, minimalist design and interiors, along with their various types of coffee under their branding. Starting from their own global procurement of coffee beans, followed by their own independent roasting in Shanghai, into their classy, minimalist boutique café outlets, delivering quality coffee experience and culture to us coffee lovers. Personally, I feel that they have live up to their slogan “Just for a Cup of Good Coffee” , in Chinese “只为一杯好咖啡”.

I would like to thank Mellower Coffee for the invitation to the coffee tasting and appreciation event.

Traditional Kopi by Lam Yeo Coffee Powder

Kopi, as it is commonly known in Singapore, it’s the Malay word for coffee. The coffee beverage is a common drink worldwide that is able to bond people together with a cuppa of coffee. Our local kopi, is something very special and unique, different from the coffee beverages that are prepared and served in other parts of the world. Have you visited a kopitiam a.k.a coffeeshop, ordered a kopi and have a thought about it, how different it is from the coffee by Starbucks, Coffee Bean etc?

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Today, I would bring you through a short history tour of a traditional coffee powder grinder that produced the kopi for our kopitiam. They are Lam Yeo Coffee Powder with a rich history and heritage in our local kopi culture. I first heard of Lam Yeo Coffee Powder when I watched Old Places documentary by Royston Tan and they were featured inside there. The Old Places documentary was very inspiring to me, that spurred me onwards towards history, heritage, preservation and conservation of such Old Places and traditional businesses in Singapore. Lam Yeo Coffee Powder was one of the locations inside the Old Places documentary that I really wanted to visit and the opportunity came when I was allowed to follow along another of National Heritage Board (NHB) projects, visiting Lam Yeo Coffee Powder, with blessings and permission of Lam Yeo Coffee Powder.

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I took a few hours time off from work, went there visiting Lam Yeo Coffee Powder, joining along with students from First Toa Payoh Secondary School who were there to learn about the coffee powder grinding trade, to have a hands on the coffee grinding business and speaking to the owners about the history and heritage of coffee in Singapore. Our major newspapers Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao were there together with tv crew to write and share about the traditional coffee powder grinder too. Being a local kopi addict, a coffee supporter, it’s like an adventure to learn more about kopi from the experts themselves, the owners from Lam Yeo Coffee Powder. Our traditional local kopi is special and unique because the coffee beans are roasted before grind into kopi powder, a taste that is different and something that you have to try if you are a visitor coming to Singapore! There wasn’t any roasting facilities at Lam Yeo Coffee Powder and I wasn’t able to see traditional practice in action.

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Lam Yeo Coffee Powder has a lot of history, heritage and tradition inside their shophouse. They kept their authenticity, original style and furnishings, with many old treasures and antiques stored in their cupboards, those that might not be able to find in modern Singapore today. Chatting with the owners of Lam Yeo Coffee, I got to learn a lot more about kopi from the early days of Lam Yeo Coffee in Singapore

– They were founded in 1959 at another location before moving to their current location at 328 Balestier Road during the early 1960s and they stayed at this location till today.

– The kopitiams in Singapore in the olden days used to have an area behind them to roast their coffee beans that would be grind into kopi powder for their kopitiams. With changing times, regulations and health concerns, kopitiams no longer roast their coffee beans behind their backyard.

– Lam Yeo has a great customer service culture from the days they started their coffee powder business. Customers that bought from them had a chance to redeem gifts over time when they returned back to buy coffee from them. By accumulating Lam Yeo Coffee Powder cards (our modern day purchase card with stamps), they have choices to redeem their preferred gifts. Customers can redeem a small gift with just 2 cards and they have different gifts for the number of customer reward cards that they kept when they returned to buy Lam Yeo Coffee Powder! This is a great example of providing great customer service and rewards, thus ensuring many loyal and return customers! Check out the customer rewards card by Lam Yeo!  They are very authentic and very classic!

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In this modern era, times have changed so much over the years,  the practices and traditional businesses faced many challenges today. Lam Yeo Coffee Powder today not only do what they are expert in, coffee roasting and grinding. They also have other types of coffee beans/coffee powder that catered to a different coffee taste too. Chatting and listening to the people from Lam Yeo Coffee Powder, it was very enriching and enlightening for a kopi lover like me. If you a kopi lover like me, do help to support our local kopi culture! Lam Yeo Coffee Powder is on Facebook too, support them and Like them!

The short time there, photographing, chatting and learning about Lam Yeo Coffee Powder, their history and heritage, it’s very meaningful and enlightening. Therefore, I would like to say a big THANK YOU to National Heritage Board and Lam Yeo Coffee Powder for this special invitation and opportunity to photograph, document and share the story of the traditional coffee powder grinder trade.

This blog entry is written in support of the “Heritage in Episodes” project under the Heritage Institutions Division of NHB which seeks to document traditional trades and businesses, and to promote public awareness of these trades and businesses through NHB’s social media platforms. The traditional coffee powder grinder will be featured in an upcoming episode of the “Heritage in Episodes” project and video clips of traditional trades such as rattan weaving and Chinese lantern painting have been uploaded on NHB’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/yesterdaysg.”


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