I have recently visited Chye Seng Huat Hardware, yes. I did. Oh, and the also hold a line of Papa Palheta. Yes, they do. You were right on saying that it was far but trust me, for coffee people like us, good (great) coffee will always be worth the walk. Good coffee is always worth it.
If you plan to visit it’s roughly 15 minutes from Mustafa centre. It is the mecca of everything a coffee lover would want and (dare I say it) is better than EDSA (I need to go to confession for saying that). Yup, it is.
The interiors are homey yet industrial which makes sense because they are a “hardware” store. Calling it a hardware store was probably because it was located in the middle of several hardware supply shops, talk about third wave’s underground persona. You would miss it if you didn’t know where/what it was. You could easily mistake it as another hardware store if you didn’t know any better. The mystery of finding this coffee house makes it an even worth place to discover.
They also sell sweet treats to accompany the coffee. I went for the Earl Grey Cheesecake (SGD 6.00) because I seem to love anything Earl Grey nowadays. It’s so me! Earl Grey is florally and ashy at the same time, just up to my palette. As for turning t into a cheesecake, PRAISE TO THE GENIUS WHO DID THIS.
It’s sweet and tangy because of the lemon domes and it works perfectly with Indonesian coffee… Namely, Indo Java from Papa Plathea. Yes Joey, I had Papa Palheta. It. Was. Glorious. And. Magical.
To get to the real basics and taste, it was acidic, tropical and citrusy. Not really the way I like coffee (since we both know I prefer the nutty flavor) but it was a good take on Indonesian coffee which tends to have a washed out taste. It was very acidic but works well with the creamy cheesecake I had.
For the extreme coffee lover such as yourself (I do pray you love your future wife more than coffee), they have The Annex where you may purchase all sorts of functions for your coffee pleasure.
There are the bags of goodness, Joey. Bags I forgot to buy for you and myself. HOW. HOW CAN I NOT BUY BEANS FOR YOU. Also, look at all the magic wands in this photo 😦
Well Joey, there you go. I do hope this makes up for that bag I wasn’t able to get you. Drop by there soon, you’ll love it without a doubt. Here’s to everything we’ve been through.