At first glance, The New Black Coffee at Republic Plaza did not look like a coffee shop. It looked more like a science lab or even a kitchen appliance showroom. On closer examination, we discovered that it was a futuristic cafe in Singapore which had elevated coffee roasters to celebrities. This may be what a coffee shop would look like in a Star Trek spaceship.
The two young and enthusiastic baristas manning the New Black Coffee shop were two of the most welcoming and warm cafe staff we have met. The faces on the wall posters are apparently famous coffee roasters from around the world. We admitted that we had never heard of any of them. In fact, we did not even know that the concept of celebrity coffee roasters exists. Here they are revered like pop stars. You can read more about them on The New Black website (link below).
Unlike the usual coffee bars that have big machines on the counters, The New Black coffee bar uses coffee equipment that are hidden in the counter. The steam comes out of the nozzles like draft beer taps. This is a much neater and less noisy arrangement. Even the peripheral coffee-making tools and utensils were neatly stored and displayed like a Formula One pit.
The New Black serves some light food like sandwiches, but we were only curious about their coffee. Here is picture of a page from their menu. We decided to try the first one – Counter Culture Big Trouble in both espresso and with milk versions ($4.5 and $5.5 respectively).
Here are pictures of the coffee. The espresso version was too strong and sour for us. The one with milk is the one to have. The addition of some milk completely changed the taste. It became a smooth, nutty flavoured coffee. Very nice.
Even the seating at the New Black coffee shop looked futuristic. Those working nearby also have the luxury of ordering these artisanal coffees by telephone. Overall, a wonderful and inspirational place to visit for anyone who likes coffee.
The New Black
9 Raffles Place
8:00 – 19:00 Monday – Friday
9:00 – 14:00 Saturday
Closed On Sunday
Nearby MRT Stations: Raffles Place, Telok Ayer