SINGAPORE | Common Man Coffee Roasters Singapore is part of the 3rd wave coffee scene that has hit Singapore in recent years. Once upon a time, not too long ago, it was hard to get a good coffee in Singapore, with chains like Starbucks and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf dominant on the scene. The chains are still there, however now there are several options for those in need of a good brew.
A collaboration between Harry Grover of 40 Hands, Five Senses Coffee, and the Spa Esprit Group, Common Man takes its coffee seriously. Five Senses beans are roasted in house and every range of coffee style you could want is available. These guys are involved in every step of the process, from dealing ethically and directly with sustainable, independent growers right through to of course, the cafe. The cafe itself is quite open and contains high ceilings and makes good use of brick and wood. It strikes a good balance between being modern and using colonial era flourishes.
Single Origin Filter Coffee ($6.00)
My coffee of choice was a Ying Zero single origin bean from Ethiopia prepared by the pour-over filter method of brewing. The tasting notes that came with the coffee were very helpful and indeed the coffee had a light, juicy fruitiness to it which was exactly what I was looking for. A black coffee will set you back $4.50 and a white $5.00.
Organic Eggs Benedict ($24.00)
Moving on to the food side, it was difficult to choose just one item from the impressive all day breakfast menu (there’s also a lunch menu available from 11:00am). Just as is the case with the coffee, the produce used by Common Man is ethically sourced, seasonal and organic where possible. I ultimately decided on the Organic Eggs Benedict which consisted of tender braised ox cheeks, 2 poached organic eggs and chive hollandaise on sourdough Everything worked together perfectly. The ox cheeks were rich in flavour and tender, while the eggs were poached perfectly, with a vibrant gooey orange yolk.
While everything on the breakfast menu sounded great, you should be made aware that as well as the Eggs Benedict, the Common Man Pancakes are also one of the most recommended dishes.
Beans can be purchased either whole or ground to your liking.
If you’re looking for a great coffee and some excellent food you really can’t go wrong with Common Man. it’s pricey yes, but that’s unfortunately not uncommon in Singapore these days. They even run a barista academy in conjunction with the highly regarded Australian Barista Academy for those who want to learn more about the mighty little coffee bean.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road
Telephone: 6836 4695
Mon – Sun: 7:30am to 6:00pm