Craftsmen Specialty Coffee is the latest addition to the endless waves of cafes opening in the east. With its rusty signboard and heavily influenced industrial interior look, you won’t walk pass and miss this place for a iced cuppa especially walking under the hot Singapore Sun.
They have a good selection of cakes, artisan breads and egg dishes – A nice place for a lazy Sunday brunch or quick weekend afternoon tea getaway as in my case. First impression walking in here and wow?! People actually come here for food. Families having their obligatory brunch, youths sharing sliced cakes and a few pockets of just-coffee-no-talk groups around.
I thought a crowd was a positive reflection of their popularity but in my opinion, food here is somewhat mainstream. Nothing really eye-catchy unless you’re a huge fan of rainbow cakes and churros but not me. So I just grab their Butter Croissant ($3.90) which was normal but $0.70 more expensive than the best one in town. So not worth my money.
I read online that Craftsmen’s coffee beans are sourced from the Dutch Colony Coffee And Co. A balanced, sweet toned blend with hints of ride lemon finishing off with a dark chocolate ending or so inscribed above the counter. I can’t taste citrus in my Cappuccino ($5.00), had that desirable sharp pleasing taste but a pity, way too much bubbles than foam.
Popcorn Caramel ($8.90) was a two layer chocolate sponge cake with alternating chocolate mousse in between. The caramel complemented well but the popcorn straight from tubs you could readily buy from supermarts were really unnecessary.
I got a feeling they outsource their desserts elsewhere. Not sure where though but I must profess that they are a little overprice for sponge cakes. And three bucks for one macarons? So am I paying for the food or just covering someone’s overhead?
For it’s location tucked nowhere near any train stations and requires me to take a long bus trip, I would say I wouldn’t purposely come for a second round unless I have a car. Their food menu are quite expensive for a casual place so my final verdict of Craftsmen Coffee?
A nice place to chill for a cuppa or two before/after meal but apart from that, there are other better cafes in and out of Siglap place.
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
Siglap V, #01-01
2 First Street, Singapore 458278
Mon – Sun: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm