Ladies in elegant dresses and gentlemen in well-tailored suits. A silver-plated tea stand and high polished silverware. The clinking of champagne glasses and unparalleled skylines. There’s nothing better than being treated like royalty at these exquisite high teas across the world. The Edge – Bali, Indonesia At The Edge, high tea takes on a figurative […]
You’ve seen it emblazoned on bags of coffee beans and touted on cafe menus everywhere: the words “single origin”. But what does it mean and what’s the big deal, really? Is it just another meaningless marketing buzzword? If you’ve ever wondered what single origin coffee is and why it matters, sit back, relax (preferably with […]
We all know that New Year’s Eve is about ending the present year with celebration and champagne, but when it’s the first day of the new year, there’s nothing better than welcoming it with a hot, bracing cup of coffee whilst contemplating our list of new year resolutions. Is your top resolution for the coming […]
It’s caffè in Italian and café in French, but the difference between Italian and French coffee goes beyond that. Coffee is a big part of both cultures, and if you’re travelling to these regions to try their coffee, it’s best to equip yourself with some basic knowledge. Coffee in Italy and France Let’s start with […]
To a coffee lover, the practice of starting the day with a strong brew is ingrained into our morning routine. Imagine the joy and anticipation of taking that first sip out of an aromatic cup…only for it to be ruined by a wave of lingering bitterness. Contrary to popular belief, bitterness isn’t caused by the […]
Have you ever gone on a long-awaited vacation, only to arrive and realise that you couldn’t have chosen a worse time because it was the school holidays or a public holiday? Or perhaps every family holiday isn’t much of one for you, as you’re busy making sure everyone has packed their toothbrush and is having […]
If you love coffee, you probably will have a cuppa during the same time everyone else does — as the first thing in the morning. In every country around the world, early risers wake up, get out of bed, and have coffee. But that doesn’t mean we’re all drinking coffee in the same way. How […]
Great style starts with great shoes, and great shoes take you to great places. It’s no secret that shoes complete an outfit, so be sure to put your best foot forward. It’s time to dress to impress. From a shoe’s lining to its laces, to copper toe caps or uppers crafted from top quality Italian […]
We’re here to help you make great coffee within the comfort of your home every day. Sure, sorting out a cup of flawless espresso begins with a reliable fully automatic coffee machine, but these machines too require some tweaking and dialing-in. Here are some tips, tricks and everything you need to know to ensure you […]
There’s nothing better than waking up to a fresh cup of coffee in the morning to get going. But unless you have a personal assistant, you’ll first have to make that cup of coffee. And that involves measuring out your coffee beans, grinding them, compressing the grounds and waiting for your coffee to brew. The […]
Taking a step back to live amidst Mother Nature for a few days is always a welcoming move. The Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation Nature Resort & Spa in Bali, Indonesia is a paradise away from home. If you are an avid coffee drinker, follow your heart (and nose) to this resort for an extraordinary farm-to-cup […]
What’s just as important as a cup of aromatic coffee in the morning? A good coffee machine. A reliable machine. A dump-in-coffee-beans-and-water-then-get-espresso machine — you get the idea. If you can’t live without your morning java, you’ll know that your morning coffee runs can add up to an expensive habit. Fast forward to the arrival […]
Can’t wake up without your morning cup of joe? We feel you. With the burgeoning market of coffee machines, it’s becoming increasingly easy to get your daily caffeine boost right at home. However, as everyday luxuries go, coffee is the one thing in which everyone seeks the best quality, freshness and perfection. Great coffee requires […]
It’s common knowledge that most of the coffee beans produced commercially come from two varieties: Arabica and Robusta. But did you know that there are actually other lesser-known varieties of coffee bean? One of them is Liberica, which accounts for less than 2% of commercially-produced coffee worldwide. In this article, we’ll tell you all you […]
Like every morning across Southeast Asia and most parts of the world, the day begins at a common gathering place — the local coffee joint. On one end of the neighbourhood, a horde of early morning workers flock to the nearest kopitiam to begin their day with an extra jolt of energy. They would shout […]
While others are paying to enter observation decks or climbing mountains to witness the world under their feet, the rest of us can get impressive views for just the price of a cup of coffee. In the mood for bagels with a side of the marina? How about having an afternoon tea with an unobstructed […]
Independent, non-mainstream, or microbrand — whatever you call them, this special breed of watches is experiencing a groundswell in following among watch collectors right now. Think beyond the big names that lead the watch pack, and you’ll chance upon a world of small, independent timepiece makers catering to those who covet the rare and exclusive. […]
How hard can it be to make a cup of coffee? Just pour hot water over coffee powder, right? Well sure, you can do that… but there’s so much more to making that cup of perfection. With the right coffee beans and simple equipment, your daily cuppa is instantly elevated. Trust us – it’s worth […]
For many people, the first cup of coffee is the highlight of their morning – it’s the only way to start the day off on the right foot. And for Malaysian restaurateur Andrew Wong, it’s no different: “Every morning I have a latte sent up from the restaurant to my office. I need coffee to […]
Does your dream vacation involve waking up from a restful slumber amidst luxurious surroundings and spending the day hitting the links at one of the world’s top golf courses? We’ve got the answer to making your dream come true – from lush, challenging fairways to spectacular natural scenery, take your pick from any one of […]
Growing up around a furniture-manufacturing multigenerational family business, it would seem that Brand & Design Director Julian Koh has big footsteps to follow. But in speaking with Julian as part of our ‘Local Heroes’ campaign for Singapore’s National Day, it becomes clear that he brings something unique to the table, beginning with inventive creations that […]
These days, light roast coffee is experiencing a surge in popularity. So what’s changed in the coffee-drinking world? Well, a lot, but let’s begin with the different shades of coffee roasts. There is a real distinction between light, medium and dark roast coffee, and we’re talking about more than just the colour of the coffee […]
They say that money fills your pocket, but an adventure fills your soul. Ask anyone and the checklist of what makes a perfect holiday to unwind will appear strikingly similar. A beautiful location, exotic experiences and luxurious solitude – all coming together to provide you with the perfect place to hide away. So this is […]
If you’re reading this, you probably already have a camera of your own; and we’re not talking about the one attached to your phone. Cameras have become more than just a gadget for serious photographers. They’ve become part fashion accessory, part status symbol as companies make a mark with limited editions, one-off productions or collaborations […]
Have you ever wondered what sets specialty coffee apart from your usual cup o’ joe? First off, there are generally two kinds of coffee: commercial coffee and specialty coffee. Commercial coffee is the glass jars of instant coffee that you typically find in the supermarket or that strong kopi that you enjoy at your local […]
It wasn’t until a couple of hundred years ago when the Middle Easterners started blending nuts and spices with coffee. Using natural ingredients that were readily sourced, they created their own rendition of flavoured coffee. Today, innovative marketers all over the world experiment with a myriad of ingredients, creating coffee flavours from conventional ones like […]
Set in the Indian Ocean just east of Africa and Madagascar, lies Mauritius, considered by many as paradise on earth – and we couldn’t agree more. The peaceful island nation is a fascinating hodge-podge of cultures and home to a multitude of natural wonders. While there are plenty of typically touristy things to do here, […]
We all appreciate a good cup of coffee to perk us up. With an unlimited range of gadgets in the market that are vying to be the best, selecting one for yourself is similar to finding a needle in a haystack. Here’s our pick of the best coffee gadgets for the coffee connoisseur, each hand-picked […]
When school holidays roll around, do you usually find yourself racking your brains for the perfect destination to take the family? It’s certainly no easy feat to find someplace that can cater to everyone’s whims and fancies: a place where the adults can truly relax and let loose while the kids are entertained with fun […]
It’s exciting moving into a new home, and you’ve probably been to a few housewarming parties with friends. While some homeowners don’t expect their guests to come bearing presents, a thoughtful gift is always appreciated. It should come from the heart – as a blessing and well-wishing for the new home to be filled with […]
Disposable coffee cups are an easy solution for someone who wants to get a coffee fix on-the-go. But with reusable coffee cups gaining ground among environmentally conscious consumers nowadays, more retailers are manufacturing their own branded coffee cups and claiming to be the winner amongst all. If you are shopping around for a perfect reusable […]
With plenty of third-wave cafés popping up right and left these days, it’s clear that coffee culture is here to stay. While this is generally good news for caffeine lovers, as you’ll have plenty of coffee shops to choose from, it’s not without its challenges. Namely: a) how to tell the good ones apart from […]
A product of Kenya’s once lush and elusive coffee farms elevated 2000m above sea level, the Kenyan coffee is often lauded as one of the best coffees in the world. The bean is loved for its distinctive taste that gives off wafts of fresh, floral aroma and its notes of bergamot, berries and lemongrass upon […]
A melting pot of fascinating cultures and ancient wonders, it’s no secret why Asia is a top destination for travellers around the world. While some attractions can be copied, like the myriad of 3D trick art “museums” that have popped up across the region, there are many more that can only be experienced in the […]
In recent years, the demand for high-end, state-of-the-art speakers has blossomed as design-loving audiophiles crave unique soundscapes for their home. Home audio systems have evolved to become as much about style as they are about substance. Taking the first steps to set up a home theatre system may be intimidating, but an elaborate surround sound […]
At first thought, coffee and alcohol might not seem like the best mix. After all, coffee is a stimulant and alcohol, a depressant. But bartenders are getting creative with espresso concoctions and cocktails, unifying the dynamic aromas of coffee beans with the nuanced flavour of spirits. When enjoyed in moderation and responsibly, adding a dose […]
Let’s face it: we’re spoiled by the variety of cheap, delicious food that’s easy to get. But for the most ardent of foodies, it’s all about expanding your culinary horizons. You’re looking for something fresh, new, unique. Flavours that your tongue is unaccustomed to. And you’re willing to travel far and wide for it. For […]
Good coffee isn’t just about the beans. Using the right type of milk makes a difference too. Do you prefer a good, strong latte, a low-fat option, or a non-dairy one? Read on to see how different types of milk and its substitutes can cause a major shift in taste and composition. The Science of […]
Tired of the cookie-cutter mass-produced clothes found on the racks of your typical fast fashion store? Or perhaps you’ve opened your eyes to the negative impacts of fast fashion, from the exploitation of workers in developing countries to environmental damage and high levels of waste. So, what’s the alternative? Try “Slow Fashion.” It is a […]
Always running out of coffee? No time to drop by the grocer? With the influx of e-commerce services, subscription-based services have been gaining popularity lately. Coffee bean subscriptions are not lagging far behind. If you are interested in meshing up stress-free convenience with savings, here is our list of artisanal coffee bean subscription services in […]
Thanks to third-wave coffee culture, coffee is no longer a mere morning wake-up beverage – it’s an experience. From the flavour profile and origin of the coffee beans to the brewing method used, making a really good cup of coffee is both a skill and an art. And one that is increasingly easier to learn. […]
Every couple in love defines paradise differently. This collection is for those who dream of exclusive beaches, fine sand, and crystal-clear waters whilst sipping down a tropical drink. There’s no better destination for romantic interludes than our top 5 tropical paradise hot spots for the finest couple getaway. North Island, Seychelles 21 hectares of untouched […]
When you’re asked to picture a coffee shop, what do you envision – cosy wooden interiors piping acoustic tunes off Spotify’s “Your Favourite Coffeehouse” playlist? Customers seated in plush chairs busily typing away on their laptops or chatting with friends? That’s the kind of coffeehouse we’ve grown used to, pioneered by none other than global […]
You just bought a coffee machine. It’s new and shiny, and makes you a perfect cup of coffee every day. You wipe clean each time you use it, but then you realise its interior needs some attention, too. You wonder, when was the last time you descaled your coffee machine? What is descaling? Although water […]
We all need a little jump start from time to time when exercise starts feeling like a chore. And when it comes to coffee for athletes, conflicting reports may end up confusing instead of helping. Good news though: What we found is that incorporating caffeine into your exercise regimen can potentially improve your enjoyment, performance, […]
When you first started drinking coffee, you probably didn’t care about where your coffee came from or what it specifically tasted like – you just needed a jolt of caffeine in order to properly wake up in the morning. But if you’ve grown to become a serious coffee fan, you’d realise there’s actually a lot […]
You’ve probably heard the term “lean in” – it has definitely achieved buzzword status. But do you know what it means and where it originated from? Taken from the 2013 book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, written by Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, it’s a clarion call encouraging women to be […]
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner – time to start planning how you’re going to ring in 2019! So what will it be: elbowing your way through crowds at countdown parties or watching the fireworks from the comfort of your couch? But maybe neither the usual wild night out nor a cozy night […]
As one of the top-10 most consumed beverages in the world, coffee is more than just a drink; an entire culture has developed around it. Yet, many of us are unaware quite how this coffee culture has evolved over the years to what we see today. Experts often describe these advancements as coffee “waves”. Interestingly, […]
We all have a friend who can’t function without a good cup of coffee. With the holiday season just four weeks away, we’ve come up with a selection of gifts that will be sure to wake up even the most hardened caffeine addict on Christmas morning. Coffee grinder When it comes to making that perfect […]
It’s commonplace these days to see or hear about your friends’ solo adventures, be it through their stories or Instagram posts with the hashtags “wanderlust”. However, for many people the idea of solo traveling – being in a foreign land without the linguistic skills to communicate, or the know-how to get around – is daunting. […]
“Staycation”, “minimoon”, “slow travel”: there are so many travel buzzwords floating around these days that it’s hard to keep up. Surely you’re familiar with classic terms like “backpacker” and “glamping”, but have you heard of the “glampacker”? If you live to travel, chances are you either fall under the backpacker category or the glampacker bunch. […]
In the Philippines, coffee is the most consumed beverage after water. A 2015 study by research firm Kantar Worldpanel found that coffee is a staple drink for Filipinos, who have shifted from being moderate to heavy coffee drinkers. This probably isn’t a surprise for those in metro Manila and other urbanised areas, which are chock-full […]
Think of Indonesian coffee and chances are the first thing that comes to mind is kopi luwak, aka civet coffee made from beans plucked from the faeces of Asian palm civets. But there are bigger, more popular varieties that originate from Indonesia, particularly from a region named Kintamani in everyone’s favourite island getaway: Bali. Kintamani […]
From Bali Kintamani to Mandheling, there’s much to explore and savour in the world of Indonesian coffee. And the culture behind Indonesia’s coffees is much like the colours on an artist’s palette: each region has single-origin coffees that exhibit vibrant and distinctive tasting notes. Indonesia has a storied love affair with coffee, which dates back […]
Competing in a cutthroat environment and establishing a specialty coffee cafe in a big city is one thing, but focusing on specialty coffee and turning your brand into an international one? Now, that’s a tall order. It seems though, that Mellower Coffee has managed to do just that (and more) and has come a long way […]
In 105 CE, Cai Lun – a politician of the Han dynasty – invented a papermaking method using rags and other plant fibres in. But what’s truly fascinating is where he took his inspiration: from the way wasps and insects would build paper-like nests made from wood. This is just one example of “biomimicry”: the […]
Angkor Wat, the Tonle Sap Lake and rapid modernisation: these are probably some of the things that come to mind when you think about Cambodia. But travel further east towards Mondulkiri Province and you may discover a different Cambodia altogether. Mondulkiri is Cambodia’s largest and also most sparsely populated province, but offers a unique setting […]
Fermentation, digestive tract and expensive coffee beans from Southeast Asia. As a coffee connoisseur, or simply a coffee enthusiast, you probably know where we are heading. Kopi luwak, or civet cat coffee. Typically sold at US$100 to US$500 (SG$137 to SG$684) per kilogram, kopi luwak was popularised from Indonesia and in Vietnam too, where it’s sold as ca […]
When Nespresso and capsule coffee machines flooded the market, many die-hard coffee connoisseurs turned their noses up. Yes, these fancy devices were compact and – most importantly – convenient, but avid coffee drinkers felt they could never truly deliver when it came to taste and quality. The biggest disadvantage was being unable to pick the coffee […]
Tucked in among factories and hardware shops in Bandar Sri Damansara, an industrial neighbourhood outside the Malaysian capital, is the Bean Expedition At Manufactory or BEAM. From the outside, it gives little indication of what goes on inside; you could be forgiven for thinking it processes legumes rather than specialty coffee. Despite the sleek, modern […]
In the Golden Triangle region of Thailand, Doi Chang was once known for its opium production but since the 1980s farmers have been turning to arabica coffee plants, which have thrived in the rich soil and cool weather. Southeast Asia is home to remarkable treasures, including hilly areas that have proven fertile and rich beds to […]
At one extreme of the tourism spectrum you have cookie-cutter, run-of-the-mill tours where you do nothing but visit iconic sites and follow a flag-waving guide around. At the other end there’s “adventure travel”, which involves exploration with a certain degree of risk (think activities like trekking and surfing). The truth is, the demand for these […]
Solo travel can seem daunting but the benefits make it an incredible (and rewarding) experience.
You can have the highest quality coffee, the perfect roast and a great coffee machine, but still make bad coffee. Why, it’s all about the coffee grind size!
Aitch Coffee Roasters founder Tunku Hadi Imran is dedicated to discovering a coffee’s full potential. His deep respect for coffee growers and responsible suppliers reflects his commitment to making speciality coffee accessible to customers.
Smartphones, smart homes, smart cities – we’ve all heard of these terms before. The word “smart” here is generally used to refer to things and spaces with advanced, high-tech features. But smart neighbourhoods? That’s a new one. While the global focus is currently on smart cities, urban planners are looking at implementing and developing smart […]
In Singapore, small batch roasteries like Dockyard Coffee take their love for coffee very seriously.
Why make your vacation a mad rush when you can take things slow? Read on to learn how to do just that, and find out how slow travel can benefit you as a curious explorer.
Have you been drinking coffee but can’t find the right words to describe the flavour? How often do you pay attention to the subtleties in the aroma and taste? Or reflect on the specific environment where the coffee beans grew? Simply put, a coffee’s taste is distinguished by its taste and smell.
In the developing nation of Myanmar, newcomer Sawbwa Coffee is bringing change to war-torn upland communities that until recently depended on opium production.
Does going dairy-free mean you have to give up your beloved morning latte? Nonsense. With plenty of dairy substitutes available, there’s no reason to skip your daily dose of caffeine just to avoid one ingredient. Here, we evaluate five common, plant-based milks and how they measure up to regular cow’s milk.
In a world facing a waste crisis, eco-fashion and mindful consumption is more necessary than ever.
Dive into the world of small batch coffee and find out more about the craft of home brewing and roasting.
There’s more than meets the eye with this famous Malaysian-style coffee.
Brewing your own coffee doesn’t have to be an elaborate process, nor do you need to be a connoisseur to appreciate this art form. Just arm yourself with basic knowledge of coffee beans and a reliable coffee machine, and you are set!
We take a look at the benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle and how you can master the art of getting back to the basics.
Many coffee lovers see crema as the defining feature of a good espresso. While the photogenic crema can suggest a good cuppa, there are a number of other factors that affect the drink’s quality and your enjoyment. Read on to find out what makes an espresso a pleasure to drink, and how you can brew up the coffee you deserve.
Learn more about one of the most rare and expensive coffees in the world, and why you shouldn’t be put off by the fact that it’s made from elephant waste.
Throughout history, people have started wars for various reasons. Oil, gold, territorial gains, nationalism… we’ve heard it all before. But a coffee war? Well, it happened in Toraja, Indonesia.