Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 1 / Signage

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee at Siglap is now officially in business, after weeks of soft-opening. I’d say it’s a relaxing spot that will be very welcomed by the community. Check out the cafe in this photo tour!

※ Reminder: The Café Tour by Dejiki & Friends is not a food/coffee review series. I assume cafes as “attractions” and write about the experiential design (which includes stuff like HipsterScore™, service, decor, typefaces used and amount of exposed lightbulbs). Please enjoy the photographs.

I was around Bedok (at another bistro/cafe, which will be featured in another entry) and decided to make a trip down to Craftsmen as it was their reopening day. The cafe is just across the quite abandoned Siglap Centre (which is now probably well-suited for some Halloween event).

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 3 / Entrance

This cafe is definitely heavy on the Industrial Hipster look. Rusty treatment on the door (which doesn’t close properly yet).

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The signboard has two nuts and bolts, matching the cafe’s logo. Plus points for HipsterScore™.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 4 / Overview

It feels quite expansive and open inside, thanks to full-height windows lining the entire front of the cafe. Lots of natural light let in.

(And ah, the exposed bricks. Of course.)

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The centerpiece? A drip tower. Not in use during visit.

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The cafe is very spacious, actually. Ample walking room – they could’ve placed a lot more tables and stools around. It’s also nice that this place has an actual bar to sit at.

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A trio of nutcrackers guarding the brew bar.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 10 / Merch Bar

The cafe uses blends by Dutch Colony Coffee, and even sells take-home packs (along with other merch). Even the red cups and saucers are from Dutch Colony Coffee. I guess a trip to PasarBella can be delayed… for now.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 11 / Coffee Beans

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 12 / Craftsmen Apron

Customized apron, for the cafe staff.

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Bar stools, adjustable. For bar seating at the cafe’s windows.

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Exposed lightbulbs, with mirrors lining the lamp shades. Does this actually amplify the light?

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All about The Craftsmen Specialty Blend. $18 for 250g pack of beans.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 17 / Drinks Menu

Chalkboard menu.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 19 / Craftsmen Cafe Menu

Actual menu.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 20 / Cakes and Confections

The thing you actually see when you step in Craftsmen – shelves of pastries and cakes.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 21 / Macarons

Macarons – wrongly named as Macaroons (??!), $3 a piece.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 22 / Quiches

With a focus on specialty coffee, there isn’t a real kitchen at the cafe. You can get some warmed-up quiches, pies and sandwiches.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 23 / Breadrolls

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Roasted pork for the sandwiches. It’s not the cafe’s “real” first day, but it’s a good sign that they have their menu items stocked.

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Likewise, even though the cafe had most of its seats taken, service was really prompt and the staff were very friendly.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee - 26 / Iced Latte

An Iced Latte for a really hot afternoon.

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It’s a friendly spot to unwind (though there were some patrons working furiously off their laptops). Well, it’s a 30 minute walk from my home, but I’ll be returning to Craftsmen again for some coffee and desserts.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

2 First Street
Siglap V
#01-01
Singapore 458278

Open daily, 8:30AM-8:00PM.
For more information refer to their Facebook page.

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3 Responses to Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

  1. Matt May 23, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    We refer to them as “Macaroons” in the U.S.

  2. DARYL WOODFORD September 1, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Just visited this place and had an unpleasant encounter with a very rude and obnoxious female staff working in this establishment who thinks she knows coffee…………its a pity i didnt get her name….

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