Tall, black and caffeinated: A coffee connoisseur’s go-to cafes in Singapore

Home of Papa Palheta, Chye Seng Huat’s 360 coffee bar serves up the finest coffee creations.
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A coffee connoisseur’s go-to cafes in Singapore

Passions are very much like cups of coffee. They wake us up in the morning and keep us energized to pursue different possibilities. Over a perfect brew, people bond in the same way they would connect over mutual passions.

Flavors from all around the world come in premium beans at Singapore’s Nylon Coffee Roasters.
Flavors from all around the world come in premium beans at Singapore’s Nylon Coffee Roasters.

For Andre Chanco, founder of Yardstick Coffee (undoubtedly one of Manila’s finest coffee shops), passion and coffee are more than alike; they are one and the same.

Andre’s story started with a single espresso at Singapore’s premiere specialty coffee café, Papa Palheta. He swapped computers and codes for coffee machines and beans as he left his IT consultancy job to become a barista at the famous coffee house.

There, he learned everything there is to know about the coffee industry, from green coffee sourcing and marketing, to mastering the art of roasting.

Papa Palheta’s beans power the third wave coffee culture in Singapore as one of the pioneer coffee roasters and suppliers.
Papa Palheta’s beans power the third wave coffee culture in Singapore as one of the pioneer coffee roasters and suppliers.
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Drawing inspiration and guidance from Papa Palheta owner, Leon Foo, Andre returned home to put up Yardstick Coffee. The b2b enterprise and café was Andre’s way of strengthening the eventual boom of specialty coffee in the Philippines.

Today, Yardstick supplies quality coffee beans and coffee-making equipment to well-known cafés in Manila, and has been credited with paving the way for the third wave coffee culture that most Filipinos now enjoy.

The famous Forty Hands at Tiong Bahru is one of the trendiest art and coffee hubs in Singapore.
The famous Forty Hands at Tiong Bahru is one of the trendiest art and coffee hubs in Singapore.

“Coffee is magical by how it connects people. My story comes with every cup of coffee that I serve. With every sip, people somewhat get a glimpse of the personal experiences that allowed me to make my passion a reality in Singapore. And now, having Yardstick back at home, we become connected even deeper because they get an actual taste of that passion,” shared Andre as he recounted his journey.

Andre Chanco (left) with mentor and Papa Palheta owner Leon Foo, at Yardstick.
Andre Chanco (left) with mentor and Papa Palheta owner Leon Foo, at Yardstick – go-to cafes in Singapore

From his humble beginnings as a part-time barista at Papa Palheta, to his success with Yardstick Coffee today, Andre embodies Singapore’s newest destination brand: Passion Made Possible. More than just a tourism slogan, Passion Made Possible is all about how one’s passions can be ignited, fulfilled and deepened in Singapore with the possibilities it offers.

The coffee expert’s go-to cafes in Singapore

Influenced by the Lion City’s thriving coffee scene and the infectious fiery spirit of the local café-owners, Andre explored and developed his passion for coffee in Singapore and has a list of his favorite coffee hunts.

Back to where it all began, Yardstick owner Andre Chanco recounts his coffee journey at Papa Palheta.
Back to where it all began, Yardstick owner Andre Chanco recounts his coffee journey at Papa Palheta.

Very close to the coffee connoisseur’s heart is Papa Palheta. The famous coffee-been supplier pioneered specialty coffee in Singapore and became the model for Andre’s very own business. One of Papa Palheta’s retail arms is Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar. Often mistaken as a run-down hardware store, this coffee shop is the opposite with its trendy industrial interior.

At the heart of the shop, customers can find a 360-degree bar where baristas quickly serve their delicious drinks. Chye Seng Huat offers top-quality concoctions that are sure to delight coffee lovers everywhere. Visitors can also check out the roaster, coffee school and private coffee tasting room all housed in the same building. Chye Seng Huat served as an inspiration to Yardstick café’s look and feel.

With a brewing passion for coffee, Andre Chanco practices a hands-on approach when it comes to his own business.
With a brewing passion for coffee, Andre Chanco practices a hands-on approach when it comes to his own business.

Home of Papa Palheta, Chye Seng Huat’s 360 coffee bar serves up the finest coffee creations - A coffee connoisseur’s go-to cafes in Singapore
Home of Papa Palheta, Chye Seng Huat’s 360 coffee bar serves up the finest coffee creations. A coffee connoisseur’s go-to cafes in Singapore

Andre also recommends Nylon Coffee Roasters, a coffee bar which captures flavors from around the world with quality beans exported from Brazil, Ethiopia, and many more. Here, each cup is meticulously made to bring out the beans’ original flavor, all with the right balance of sweetness. Its coffee clientele appreciates the bar’s warm and easy vibe, courtesy of relaxing natural light and an uncluttered interior.

Get a taste of Singapore’s diverse coffee culture and try out Dapper Coffee’s famous Golden Brew.
Get a taste of Singapore’s diverse coffee culture and try out Dapper Coffee’s famous Golden Brew.

Other honorable mentions include Artistry, Common Man Roasters, Forty Hands, Geisha Specialty Coffee, and Dapper Coffee – specialty cafés which add their own twists to classic coffees. From third wave artisanal cafés, to intimate neighborhood coffee shops, Singapore’s rich coffee culture is something every coffee lover should experience! Visit Singapore and get a taste of inspiring passions stronger than any shot of espresso!

About the Singapore Tourism Board

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions. For more information, visit www.stb.gov.sg or www.visitsingapore.com or follow us on Twitter @STB_sg.

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