Homeground Coffee Roasters – Where Hot Coffee Meets Irresistible Bagels
For the coffee aficionados, Homeground Coffee Roasters should not be foreign to you. Based online initially, Homeground Coffee Roasters is a small coffee roastery that sells their coffee selection and other merchandise. Now, Homeground Coffee Roasters has opened their first physical shop along Joo Chiat where they roast their coffee freshly for customers!
Perhaps one of the more interesting things to note about the shop was the seating layout. The tables are placed on your side when you sit so you’ll have to turn to get your food or drink from the table. You’ll also have to turn in order to talk to someone if they were seated beside you. To be honest, it kind of reminds me of a MRT train carriage. Overall a pretty interesting concept.
Walk all the way in and you’ll see that the shop sells kettles, t-shirts and their special roasts if you’ll like a cup of their joe in the morning. Besides their lean selection of coffee, Homeground Coffee Roasters also serves tantalizing bagels with both sweet and savoury fillings. We got the Strawberry Thyme Jam with French butter ($5.50), and a cup of iced flat white. When we realized that it wasn’t enough, we added on the Best of Both Worlds ($12) and the Chicken ($13).
For the record, I’m not a coffee person. The Iced Flat White ($6) comes served in a rounded glass so you can swirl your coffee around like a cup of whisky. The velvety liquid slides down your throat easily, albeit with a short finish. The taste got better for me as the iced melted. Not my cup of coffee, but I can see why people would love it.
The strawberry thyme jam with French butter bagel is generously slathered with strawberry jam and butter. I couldn’t taste any thyme though. While the strawberry jam and the butter was quite a good combination, I would skip this for something else on the menu.
Craving for burgers? Opt for the Chicken which sees a juicy chicken patty, sautéed onions, zucchini and scallion cream cheese sandwiched between two halves of a bagel. The bagel was a little tough and difficult to bite into. The taste of the onions dominates, so you’ll love it if you love onions, or hate it otherwise. I must, however, commend the honey glazed chicken patty. It was thick, juicy and everything you would want in a chicken patty.
My favourite bagel of the 3 would have to be the Best of Both Worlds! Boasting crispy bacon, spiced peach jam, green apple slices and a generous spread of almond butter, the Best of Both Worlds offers sweet and savoury flavours all packaged in a bagel. The green apple and peach jam added an alluring sweetness which made the bagel very enjoyable. My only gripe would be that the bagel was a little too hard, which made it difficult to bite into or cut through.
I noticed that very few people ordered the food and were mostly here for the coffee. While the food was a little pricey, I think the long queue for their coffee speaks volumes about the quality of their roasts.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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