Cold brew coffee is essentially made by brewing coffee beans in cold water for a lengthy period. The duration can range anywhere between six hours to two days; the longer the brew, the more intense the flavours.
Here are five coffee joints we frequent for a glass of silky-smooth caffeine fix.
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mon to Fri. Closed on Sat & Sun.
They've got six varieties of cold brews and a weekly special. The folks behind 7Kickstart Coffee are serious about their coffees. Their caffeine potions are ice-dripped and shocked instead of using room temperature or cold water—a technique they've found to best extract the nutty, toffee flavours of the coffee beans. Not sure which of the seven brews to get? Have a quick chat with one of their staff to find out which flavour profile will best suit your tastes.
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sun to Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to midnight, Fri & Sat.
The cold brew menu at Oriole is a tad more streamlined, with the spotlight on a trinity of brews: the Taisho black ($6), Taisho white ($7), and the Taisho M.A.D milk ($8), which is the Taisho black paired with Oriole's delicious non-daily milk made with cold-pressed macadamias, almonds and dates. And if you're new to Oriole, opt for the tasting flight for a taste of all three cold brews ($10).
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mon to Fri. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sat. Closed on Sun.
They're pretty geeky about their coffee, with their blog diving into research on palette training, the breakdown of acidity in coffees and experiments done to address if coffee tastes better brewed hot or cold. But if you find yourself too busy to make a trip down to Kaki Bukit for their signature cold brews, which customers have griped about selling out too fast, you may opt to get them delivered. It saves you time and ensures that you'll get a bottle set aside for you.
Opening hours: Noon to 10:00 p.m., Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sun. Closed on Tuesdays.
Keep your eyes peeled for the unassuming industrial-chic coffee shop on Rangoon Road. And much like their minimalist interior, Old Hen Coffee Bar's menu is pared down and concise. Their bestsellers are their cold brews, which offers some respite from Singapore's heat. Just head over to the chiller and grab your flavour of choice: mocha, creamy white or smooth black.
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., daily. Closed on Mondays.
They call it a Knockout Concentrate for good reason. Stamping Ground's cold brew packs a caffeine punch. Customers can choose to pair the robust cold brew with a choice of milk ($6), soy milk ($6.50), fresh coconut water ($7) or almond milk ($8) or take it as is over cubes of ice.