Mini Guide to Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Coffee lovers rejoice! Singapore Coffee Festival (SCF) is finally back for the second year after a successful inaugural edition last year. This year’s edition – organised by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and presented by DBS, will feature about 90 exhibitors, ranging from coffee purveyors to cafes and even equipment distributors.

Being a coffee lover myself, I would not want to miss the opportunity to learn more about my favourite beverage and to taste the different kinds of coffee the world has to offer. Kheng Yin joined me for this adventure as we indulge in the mystical world of caffeine.

So here’s a mini-guide we’ve collated after our visit so that you won’t get as lost as we did after coming face to face with a huge variety of choices.

1. Redeem your free drink samples with your stickers

Sorry, we’ve already gone all out to redeem our complimentary drink samples.

Basically, event-goers will be entitled to 2 drink samples. These stickers can be found inside your goodie bag – the first thing you’ll get once you exchanged your tickets at the counter.

KY definitely looked pleased with her goodie bag.

With over 90 merchants and hundreds over types of coffee to choose from (although not all types of coffees are available for sampling, do check out the full list here), I know it’s a bit difficult to make a decision. Hence, we’ve shortlisted a few of our favourites:

Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH)

CSHH is no stranger to most youngsters here. It’s posh and contemporary interior packaged as a traditional shophouse on the outside raises a few eyebrows when it was first established.

For this exhibition, they have in store several kinds of premium coffee, including Kayon Mountain from Ethiopia, Javanero Pasundan from Indonesia and Maragogype from Panama. Each kind of coffee has its unique and distinguishable taste so it will spare your taste buds some confusion.

Damage: around SGD5-8

Hook Coffee

There were so many varieties of coffee beans to choose from: Madame Lychee, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eternally Grapeful and so on and so forth. I know how these names don’t sound like those of the traditional coffee beans but the strong aroma diffusing out of every bean will eradicate any doubts you have.

Apart from having your coffee freshly brewed upon order, you can also buy the beans back and brew them yourself.

Damage: SGD7 (per 100g of beans)

For those who are looking for some more out-of-this-world and hipster kind of coffee, check out this list.

3. When you are tired of coffee…

If coffee ain’t your thing, don’t worry.

If your taste buds have been overwhelmed by the amount of coffee you’ve tasted at the festival, don’t worry too.

There are always different kinds of tea to your rescue.

Here are our favourites:

Prana Chai

The masala blend is the highlight. The moment when you swallowed it down your throat, you will taste that strong cinnamon aftertaste. It could not have been stronger, yet it fits perfectly with black Ceylon tea.

The addition of organic honey and freshly diced ginger, coupled with other spices scouted from the whole of India, Sri Lanka and Guatemala, will help make you feel relaxed

Do pick up their pamphlet because there is a recipe to teach you how to make a delicious banana cake using Prana Chai.

Damage: SGD28 (per 250g retail pack)

Gryphon Tea

One of the best sparkling juices we’ve ever tasted. I am not even kidding. For a person who isn’t fond of gassy drinks, I find that this series of sparkling juice produced by Gryphon Tea Co. is especially smooth. You will not taste the carbon dioxide that tends to give your tongue that unpleasant sharp feeling. I am particularly surprised at how natural it tasted. It was as if I was savouring a cup of freshly brewed tea in the forest.

The newly launched Botanically Cold Brewed Sparkling Teas series can be boasted as the first of its kind in Singapore. It comes in three flavours – Pearl of the Orient with Lychee, Earl Grey Lavender with Strawberry and Osmanthus Sencha with Passionfruit. Each artisanal batch is said to cold-brewed at 4˚C for a total of 12 hours using a proprietary extraction method.

Damage: SGD3.75 (per bottle – non-chilled), SGD34 (per carton of bottles – non-chilled), SGD7.50 (per cup), SGD12 (per 2 cups)

HIC Juice

Oh right. HIC Juice doesn’t sell tea. Neither do they sell coffee. They are probably one of the few participating exhibitors there that allow you to take a break from caffeine. With cold press juices, juices popsicles, acai bowls and smoothies, event-goers can ‘revitalise, refresh and recharge’ before continue their coffee adventure.

Damage: SGD6 – SGD12 (cold press juices), SGD6.90 (acai bowl), SGD8 (superfood smoothies)

3. Have some crispy cream muffins to go with your drinks

It might be a ‘coffee’ exhibition, but surely we must have some food to go with it. Famous Japanese cream bun maker Hattendo has just introduced a new brand called ‘cream muffin’, specially for the Singapore market.

Unlike other muffins, cream muffin has a rather crispy outer layer due to it being covered by a layer of biscuit mixed with crunchy almonds, pearl sugar and chocolate chips. The interior, in contrast, is made up of a fluffiest, pillowy soft dough which will melt in your mouth. The combination is just match made in heaven.

There are currently three flavours of muffin available: matcha and chocolate cream muffins, and Singapore muffin filled with a combination of kaya and custard.

After the SCF, cream muffins will be only available exclusively at the Hattendo Cafe from 7 to 13 August 2017. Be one of the first to try it.

Damage: SGD3 each (muffins), SGD5 per cup (Hattendo/Singapore/Hiroshima Blend)

4. Grab your passport to rewards

The Live Kind Passport initiated by DBS will allow event-goers to participate in four social conscious task in order to redeem rewards like an eco-friendly reusable coffee tumbler or even a cup of free coffee.

One of the tasks includes dropping off a used plastic bottle at the designated recycling machine. On top of the stamp for our Live Kind Passport, we’ve also managed to redeem a snack with the plastic bottle we’ve recycled.

Apart from the activities, there are also workshops for event goers who are interested in gaining insight into everything from coffee brewing or edible art. For those who are into healthy living, there will also be a healthy snack making workshop by Boxgreen, one of the social enterprises that set up a booth at the exhibition.

Check out the full schedule here.

5. Chillax and take OOTD

Make full use of the venue while you are in it. The Sunrise Wharf on both sides of the exhibition venue provides a phenomenal view of the open sea which gave us the idea of photo shoot session. You don’t always get the chance of being by the sea side often so seize the opportunity!


 

SCF2017 will be held from today (4 August) till this Sunday (6 August) at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Tickets are on sale at $22 each, $18 if you are a DBS cardholder or an ST subscriber.

Do visit its official website for more information.

Just a little caution to those who are planning to head down: the second level is not accessible from within the first level of the exhibition. Event-goers are required to take the escalator from the outside of the exhibition in order to go up to level 2. The need to go through two rounds of security checks would certainly discourage lazy people like us to check out on the other exhibitors up there.

The 5ingaporean Weekender: 5 Things to do this weekend (25 – 27 March 2016)

It is towards the end of March now and with Easter weekend coming up, it seems that there is definitely no places that you will find uninteresting to hand out at this weekend. Everywhere is having Easter celebrations, being it be just down below your block where the grassroots leaders organised Easter block party for the children, or at the shopping malls where there are shows and promotion going on, or (and the most obvious of all) the church where churchgoers will head there for some Good Friday and Easter sermon and then to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

But, well, nevertheless, for those of you who are looking for events that are ‘un-Easter’, like I do, here are 5 events that you can head to and enjoy the last week of March.

1. Gain for knowledge on how to take care of your pets at Pet Expo 2016

Image: Pet Expo

Event: Pet Expo 2016
Date: 25 – 27 March, 2016
Time: 11AM – 8PM daily
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 7
Price: $4 (1-day Pass); $10 (3-day Pass); Free entry for children below 12)

LOOK HERE ALL PETS LOVERS.
PLEASE LOOK HERE ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A PET OWNER!

There is a Pet Expo that will be going on at Singapore Expo Hall 7 from today till Sunday. Being marketed as Singapore’s ‘Largest Pet-ducational Fair’, it is definitely a must-go if you are a pet owner, or if you are considering to adopt a pet in the future.

There will be a series of informative seminars, educational workshops and entertaining contests and competition that will help you learn more about your pets needs.

Ohya, and guess what? If your pet is feeling lonely, you can bring him/her to ‘The Pawfect Match: Season 2‘. Organised by AVA, this is to help your pets to get a perfect match. Basically, speed dating for your pets. Well, you’ll never know that you might also find yourself a good match there too if you are interested in the owner of the pet that your pet is being match with.

Call that a Double-Date.

Check HERE for further details on the Pet Expo 2016.

2. Fashionistas paradise at Orchard Fashion Runway

(Image: Fashion Steps Out 2016)

Event: Orchard Fashion Runway 2016
Date: 26 March, 2016 (Sat)
Time: 6PM onwards
Venue: Along Orchard Road

Fashionistas assemble!

Samsung Fashion Steps Out is back again! This year’s theme is ‘Style Parade‘. Models will be donning the latest Spring/Summer 2016 trends and walk down the runway that will stretch from Scotts Road to Bideford Road. Those fancy dress will probably give you an idea what you can buy during your next shopping (actually, you can just shop on that day itself since you are in Orchard). Brands that are participating in this Fashion Runway includes FOX Kids & Baby, Raffles Privato, MASH-UP, PHANTACi, RÊVASSEUR, SEAN & SHEILA, Thomas Wee and UNIQLO Lifewear.

Here’s the fun part if fashion is not really your cup of tea: there will be an AFTER PARTY AT ORCHARD ROAD immediately after the Fashion Runway. It is like clubbing, I promise. It features ZOUK Singapore’s anchor resident DJ Hong! And hey, there will also be pass for 700 guests to Zouk on 26 March given out so GO THERE AND PARTY LAHHHH!

Oh and did I not mention that JJ Lin will be there too?

What better way to spend my birthday than to celebrate it in style back home? Come join me in this season of love…
Posted by 林俊傑 JJ Lin on Thursday, 24 March 2016

It will be a rather star-studded event because JJ Lin and other celebrities and influencers, like Sheila Sim and Heyley Woo will be there to witness the event with you! So whether or not you are a lover of fashion or fashion design, just make your way down to the event to catch the stars. HEHE
3. Catch the stars at Marina Bay
(Image: iLight Marina Bay)

Event: Stargazing At Marina Bay

Date: 26 March, 2016

Time: 8PM – 10PM

Venue: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Well, if you are a nature lover and loves to enjoy a peaceful environment, you can also catch the stars! And I really mean, the stars, literally. As part of the iLight Marina Bay 2016, Singapore Science Centre will be setting up telescopes at The Promontory @ Marina Bay to allow astronomy lovers to catch the Moon and Jupiter and also, to catch the constellation: Leo (if the weather permits)!

4. Grab your electronics with Gain City

(Image: Gain City’s FB)

Event: Gain City’s 35th Anniversary Sale

Date: 24 – 27 March, 2016

Time: 11AM – 10PM daily

Venue: Gain City Megastore @ Sungei Kadut/Singapore Expo Hall 5A
There is always at least an activity that will cater to the different groups of people we have here. Tech gigs, here’s a chance to grab some electronics for a cheaper price when Gain City celebrates its 35th anniversary.
Located conveniently at two locations in Singapore, in the West area and in the East area, the Gain City’s 35th Anniversary Sale will definitely not disappoint. There will be large discounts in most of the products so DON’T MISS IT man!

5. Stay Healthy With some Yoga by the Bay!

(Image: iLight Marina Bay)

Event: Yoglo @ ilight Marina Bay

Date: 26 March, 2016
Time: 7PM – 10PM
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Here’s one thing that’s part of my bucket list: to exercise or do yoga by the Marina Bay. It’s like the best place to keep your mind relax with some yoga. As a frequent to the Marina Bay area (didn’t you realised that most of the to-dos that I’ve recommended are all around that area HAHAHA), I really like the sea breeze that will make you feel cool during the night. And while looking at the beautiful buildings around that area, you really appreciate the work that everyone has put in to bring Singapore to become a successful city-state.
For those of you who want to do yoga, high-intensity workout and sightseeing and enjoy the sea breeze, Yoglo @ ilight Marina Bay is definitely for you. HIIT session will kick start from 7pm to 7.30pm while Yoga will start from 8pm – 9pm. Shed some calories and keep your mind at ease, there’s not many chances where you will get to attend an event that will cater to both your physical health and your mental health!
Do sign up for Yoglo HERE!

The 5ingaporean Weekender: 5 Things to do this weekend (11 – 13 March 2016)

Hey there! Weekend is coming and you are feeling bored? That happened to be my case like every week, especially last week! It is quite tiring to stay at home and rot during the weekends when it’s one of the only times where you can get to enjoy life after at tiring week at work. Then something came to my mind, why not I collate 5 things that we Singaporeans, and tourists alike (yes, no one will be left behind), can do or visit every weekend!

The 5ingaporean Weekender series will introduce everyone to 5 things to do each weekend and I hope this will help everyone to plan for the weekend and to jio your family and friends out for some fun weekend! xoxo

1. Watch movie at the Botanic Gardens with your loved ones
(Image: teamunite.org)
Event: School’s Out@ A Botanic Garden Movie Series
Date: 12 March, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 7.30PM – 9.30PM
Venue: Swan Lake (near Tanglin entrance of Botanic Gardens)
This weekend marks the start of the week-long March Holidays so give your children some well-deserved break by bringing them down to the Botanic Gardens! Being Singapore’s first and only UNESCO site, having a stroll down the park while appreciating the beauty of nature.
In the evening at 7.30pm, bring your picnic basket and head down to Swan Lake with your family to watch Hotel Transylvania 2! I am sure your kids will definitely love it and you can take it as a time for family bonding! Watch movie, gaze at the stars, family bonding – ALL IN ONE! What a way to kick off the start of the Holidays!
2. Immerse into the world of design at Singapore Design Week 2016
(Image: designweeks.net)
Event: Singapore Design Week 2016
Date: 8 – 20 March, 2016
Venue: National Design Centre and various venues across Singapore 
Singapore Design Week is back again! Organised by DesignSingapore Council, the Singapore Design Week returns into its third editions, promising a diverse range of more than 100 design events and programmes. For the first time, the National Design Centre will host the Design & Make Fair where more than 30 Singapore designers, craftsmen and artisans will be assembled under one roof. For all those artsy people out there who has a high taste for design, this is definitely an event you do not wish to be absent from. You will get to view and even purchase a wide range of products designed, or made in Singapore. Of course, it’s more than shopping for art products. Those who wants some hand-on can take part in activities such as soap-crafting, glass-painting, leather crafting and ceramic doll making. The Design & Make Fair will definitely let you experience art in a brand new way! It will be on throughout the Singapore Design Week from 8 – 20 March, from 11AM to 8PM!

(Image: DesignSingapore Council)

Coffee-lovers, look here! Coffee crafting is an art too. With the collaboration between baristas and artists, the art of coffee making will definitely be brought to a higher level. This weekend, it’s time for you to take a good break and enjoy some specialty coffee while engaging in coffee-talks with fellow participants and baristas! I am sure it’s going to be a great and eye-opening experience! Register your interest here: planetluna.co.

There are much more activities that you can take part in or exhibitions that you can visit apart from the two I’ve mentioned above! Check out more of the activities organised this week in collaboration with Singapore Design Week 2016 HERE!

3. Celebrate Easter with Resort World Sentosa
(Image: RWS)
Event: USS Easter Eggstravaganza 2016
Date: 7 March – 17 April, 2016
Venue: Universal Studios, Singapore

Easter is coming and USS is bringing back the Easter Eggstravaganza again! Since it was just opened on 7 March (which is like just a couple of days back), you can make use of this weekend to travel down to USS to take part in the ‘festival’! Apart from taking rides (which you can do it everyday and any time of the year), do go for the Easter Show at Pantages Hollywood Theatre and Eggingham Gardens. Also, do take part in the Egg Hunt to redeem some prize!

For Madagascar fans out there, there will be a meet-and-greet session with your favourite Madagascar characters, with an optional Easter Buffet Lunch. Wait no more, guys, and just celebrate Easter with USS!

I am still traumatised by the roller coaster rides I took last year. Meh. HAHAHA 

4. Have A Great Family Time at i Light Marina Bay 2016
(Image: 2baht)
A directory of i Light Marina Bay outside The Shoppes at MBS

Event: i Light Marina Bay 2016

Date: 4 – 27 March, 2016
Time: 7.30PM – 11PM (extended to 12MN on Fri & Sat)
Venue: Marina Bay area
If you are looking for some light to your life, look no further. i Light Marina Bay is back into its fourth year. Lots of well-lit art installations and buildings that will illuminates the whole of Marina Bay waterfront. i Light Marina Bay is Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

This year, there is a record of 73 buildings and organisations around Marina Bay taking part in the event. There are also 25 innovative installations, with 14 of them coming from the creativity of local artists. These makes it the highest participant from local art scene to date, the very reason that you should really go down and appreciate the innovation and creativity of our local talents!

Apart from being mesmerised by the lights, there are also other activities to take part in during the event! This Friday (11 March) marks the opening of PasarBella Goes To Town, held at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza. This is a small market where delicacies like seafood, meat, dairy and wines, etc. are being sold! It’s like a NTUC Fairprice, but in the heart of the Downtown and seaview! It will be open from 4PM – 11PM (Mon – Thurs) and 4PM – 12MN (Fri – Sun) till 20 March!

Of course, apart from food, if you are in the mood of shopping (well well well, you’ll definitely not run of places to shop in Marina Bay), but on a tight budget, there is a Marina Bay Waterfront Bazaar that will be opening from 11 – 20 March at the Event Square. You will be spoilt for choices there, for sure! With a wide variety of products, such as handicrafts, LED products, fashion apparels, gadgets and snacks, being sold there, you will confirm spend quite a long time there contemplating over the choices!

(Image: i Light Marina Bay)

For those who wants to see more lights apart from those installations and buildings along Marina Bay, Future World: Where Art Meets Science is definitely a must-go! In collaboration with award-winning Tokyo-based art collective, teamLab, the exhibition is the new permanent addition to the ArtScience Museum. At the exhibition, visitors will get to explore a fully immersed 1500 sq m digital universe, where 15 spectacular art installations will be brought to life and evolve in real-time through visitor presence and participation. It will be opened this Saturday, 12 March. Check HERE for the ticketing details.

There are so many more happenings that will be taking place during i Light Marina Bay 2016, check HERE for more!
5. Get Great Deals at IT Show 2016 
(Image: Square Space)
Event: IT Show 2016
Date: 10 – 13 March, 2016
Venue: Suntec Singapore L3, L4 & L6
Time: 11AM – 9PM (L3), 12NN – 9PM (L4 & 6)
TECH GIGS ASSEMBLE! The IT Show, Singapore’s largest IT, Digital, Mobile and Consumer Electronic Exhibition is back from 10 – 13 March at Suntec Singapore! If you are a tech gig, or you are looking for some cheaper-than-usual gadgets, the IT Show is where you have to go this weekend! For the latest and best deals for gadgets, you can visit the Tech Showcase at level 4 (Halls 405 & 406). Lots of great new products will be on sale, and you can be one of the first to grab that as your prized possession of the week! For example, Sony will be launching its α6300 mirrorless camera which features the world’s fastest autofocus speed and is capable of 4K video recording quality.

The Sony α6300 mirrorless camara (Image: diyphotography)

Gamers, here’s a deal for you. Listen up. THE ENTIRE LEVEL 6 IS YOUR HEAVEN. Yep, for the second year in running, the organisers are dedicating the entire of the level 6 exhibition area for games. GAMEX will provide you with activities ranging from e-sports competition to exclusive hands-on sessions and also not forgetting the best gaming deals in town.

For those of you who are looking forward to the trade-in programme, here’s a great news for you! For the first time, you can trade in their old and/or faulty laptops, tablets and smartphones for cash vouchers to spend at the show. That means you can bring down your not-in-use-anymore gadgets and exchange for some vouchers so that you can upgrade to a better one! WOOHOO~

Check out more details HERE!

Maybe I should go down to IT Show this weekend to see if there are any camera lens on offer that I could consider. HEHE ^^

*If you have any lobangs to share with me for the next weekend (18-20 March), do comment below or drop me an e-mail HERE! Have a great weekend!*