Over the weekend, a friend and I went down to Everton Park (near Outram MRT, behind the Cantonment Police Complex) to check out some of the cafes in the area. We found a cafe called, “Just Want Coffee.”
Just Want Coffee turns out to be a really nice and cosy place to hang out with friends on a lazy Saturday/Sunday morning. They open punctually (unlike other cafes in the area) so that you can be sure of getting your regular caffeine fix in the morning.
Here’s the interior of the cafe:
The lighting and mood of the place is just right. However, your choice of seat will affect whether you are in comfort or not. Some of the spotlights are intensely warm, and if you are sensitive to the cold, the air-conditioning might be a little too cold. You should come early and find the right spot for the perfect balance of hot and cold.
If you ask me, the environment is best for meeting up with friends for a chat. The cosiness really makes you feel so at home, like a mini home away from home. It’s really pleasant. However, the lighting (where you’re not directly under a harsh spot light) can be rather dim, so it isn’t that great for reading or working. I suppose you could get a window seat. That should provide you with sufficient light for enjoying a book with your coffee.
I was very excited when I saw that they served coffee brewed using the siphon method as this method is only offered at a few cafes in Singapore. I would love to do this myself, but the apparatus costs a bomb and it’s too tedious for daily brewing, so I decided that it makes more economic sense just to order siphon-brew coffee than to make one at home.
What is the siphon method?
It is a brewing method that looks like something that came out of an alchemist’s lab! And yes, it appeals very strongly to the geek that I am. So, how could I not give this a go?
The staff here were very friendly, and they allowed me to watch and photograph the entire process.
So let me explain the siphon method with photos!
The siphon method begins by boiling water in a glass ball chamber.
As the water continues heat up, a glass cylinder is inserted into the mouth of the ball chamber.
As the water boils, the steam will travel upwards from the ball chamber into the cylinder, thereby emptying the ball chamber in the process.
At this stage, it’s time to start brewing the coffee. Ground coffee beans are added into the cylinder, and stirred around regularly.
The magic of the siphon method begins when all the water in the ball chamber has been boiled away. This creates a strong vacuum that will suck the hot water (now in the cylinder above) back into the ball chamber. As this happens, the high suction pressure forces the hot water to extract more flavours from the ground coffee beans, thus resulting in a cup full of intense coffee flavours.
These guys really know how to serve coffee in style. Here’s the beautiful porcelain cup used.
And of course, we had to have something delicious to match our coffee!
Here’s what we ordered:
Amazing indulgence on a lazy Saturday morning!
So, how was the siphon-brewed coffee?
As I mentioned earlier, not many places in Singapore offer the siphon method of brewing. And of these few places, few do it right. Yes, it’s a complicated process that’s easy to mess up. And when it’s badly brewed, it can taste really bad. I was crossing my fingers and hoping that this cafe here would do it right.
Did they? YES THEY DID! So far, it’s one of the best I’ve tried! I could really taste the strong complex flavours at work. It was amazing. Just take a sip of the coffee and allow it to linger on your tongue for a while. As this happens, you’ll experience the sweet, acidic, and bitter flavours at play, among many other flavours, rising up into your field of conscious experience. Truly spectacular.
The salmon quiche and the waffles were amazing too. And yes, they do complement the coffee very well.
Will I come back again? Yes! This place is easy to access and the coffee is amazing. I’d bring friends here to try the siphon-brewed coffee, and their other delicacies.