Liberty Coffee – Extraordinary Coffee Bar Opens in Jalan Besar
Singapore’s very own homegrown coffee roaster has finally opened a coffee bar in Jalan Besar! Liberty Coffee specializes in filtered and brewed coffee. The coffee beans are source from Asia, Africa, and America. The coffee roaster was formerly situated at Rangoon road, and only supplied coffee beans to various establishments. The founding partner of Liberty Coffee, Terence Tay, said: “Over the past four years, we’ve built an extensive roasting and coffee supply infrastructure to support our F&B clients. The new coffee bar at Jalan Besar is a platform to showcase our expertise and craftsmanship in coffee roasting, and the fine coffees we’ve sourced from around the world.” The former commercial airline pilot’s multiple visits to countries with burgeoning specialty-coffee markets, such as London, Australia, Korea, and the US, further fuelled his passion for coffee.
Unlike your usual coffee bar, advanced brewing apparatus such as the Poursteady automated pour-over machine and 3Temp Hipster Brewer take centre stage. A state-of-the-art customized La Marzocco AV ABR is also available to churn out espresso-based classics. We were recommended the Rwanda Nyakizu Washed ($5), which came in a simple ceramic cup. The coffee’s flavours were subtle, but we could almost taste hints of berries.
Apart from coffee, hot sandwiches, pastas, and salads are available. The head Chef, Joseph Heah, formerly helmed the kitchens of the Saveur group. My friend and I shared a Hot Butt Sub ($13) — a baguette filled with Cubano-style pork hind, homemade jalapeño aioli, caramelized onion rings, cilantro, and pickles. A prominent tartness from the pickles hits you before the umami of the pork hind does. The juices from the pork hind get absorbed by the baguette, making the sandwich more delicious. We felt that the portion of pork hind was a little too small though.
To match the bold profiles of their coffee, strong-tasting dishes were added to the menu. The Blue and Shells ($13) was one such dish. It comprises gorgonzola, pasta shells, candied walnuts and rocket leaves. While my friend struggled to take even a whiff, I found the blue cheese sauce surprisingly palatable. Look forward to al dente pasta shells that are packed with peppery and cheesy flavours, and a lovely sweet crunch from the walnuts. Share this dish with a friend if you’ll like to have a taste of it, but not finish the entire plate.
“Our true business is sourcing and roasting coffee. Our regulars return not for the fancy stuff, but for a good old cup of coffee,” shared Pauline, the other founder of Liberty Coffee. The baristas in Liberty Coffee are extremely friendly! Talk to them, or just watch them do their thing at the bar. Coming here sure made our day!
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