Coffee:Nowhere at West Coast Plaza – Indeed a good cup of cuppa!
“Coffee No-where? Why would this cafe give themselves such a name!” That was my thought on my way to Coffee:Nowhere at West Coast Plaza. But I was wrong, it was pronounced as “coffee now here” lah!
In Dec 2013, The first Coffee:Nowhere outlet was opened in Johor Bahru in 2013, through a joint venture as a flagship concept café serving not just specialty coffee and food but also sells coffee beans, apparatus and gears, as well as provide barista training. The brand is in a phase of fierce expansion. Within six months, the coffee chain expanded to Singapore and Indonesia.
Coffee:Nowhere roasts its own coffee at its roaster in Johor Bahru, allowing it to better control cost and quality. It uses 100 percent specialty grade Arabica beans, following a standard methodology and recipes to ensure consistency and freshness of its brews.
I had very good cup of Cappuccino ($5.80). Using a blend of three different beans including Brazil Yellow Bourboum, Ethiopia Sidamo and Guatemala, my coffee has a hint of walnut flavour with rich and creamy body. It has berry like acidity and a bitter sweet cocoa finish.
Like a spring roll, the Mexican Roll ($8.80) is wrapped with minced chicken, lettuce, cheese and BBQ sauce. I find the roll too thick which makes it very hard for one full bite. Perhaps changing the skin to enchiladas can work better.
This Pizza Nowhere ($19.80) was a delight. It’s crispy thin pizza skin with melted cheddar and mozzarella cheese blend, topped with slices of smoked duck and pieces of lychee. Quite an interesting combination, the savoury meat was balanced with sweet lychee.
The Egg Benedict ($16.80) can be better. The egg was overcooked and the hollandaise sauce was tasteless. The toasted brioche seems too huge for such a small egg. The bacon was good though, I have had bacon from other places that were too tough. Love the eggy sauce from the Chilli Crab Spaghetti ($14.80) though. It is slightly spicy.
I am very happy with the Burger Nowhere ($14.80). It is a substantial burger with juicy beef patty, sliced tomato, cheese, lettuce, caramelised onion, fried egg, served with french fries and salad. That is a lot of burger for the price and all of it is good. I applaud the smart move to balance out the flavours – the patty remains juicy, the vegetables add a nice crunch to the burger and the fried egg completes everything.
Besides espresso, the cafe also does brewed coffee using 4 different brewing methods: syphon, aeropress, pour over, french press. Using cherry red Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, each brewing method brings out a unique character of the coffee.
The syphon brings out a cleaner taste so the berry flavours from the yirgacheffe seems more obvious to me. I prefer the pour over method which has a more balanced taste profile with a bitter sweet chocolaty aroma.
The cafe is pretty huge and have many different corners for you to enjoy the coffee while read a book. It’s NOT nowhere, it’s now here. 🙂
Address: West Coast Plaza, 154 West Coast Road, #B1-06/07 Singapore 127371
Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
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