Oriole Coffee Roasters Opens in Chinatown

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ORIOLE COFFEE ROASTERS OPENS IN CHINATOWN

New boutique café, roasting facility, training & coffee lab takes off in Singapore

June 2012, Singapore – Following the successful launch of its second outlet at Republic

Plaza, Oriole has opened its third outpost – Oriole Coffee Roasters at 10 Jiak Chuan

Road (off Neil Road) in the up-and-coming quaint Chinatown / Keong Saik area. Located

in a three-storey heritage shophouse, this Oriole outlet combines a roasting facility,

training and coffee lab as well as boutique café and bar where the baristas experiment

with new coffee beans, roasting, cupping and brewing methods.

Says owner Keith Loh: “We have set up a dedicated roasting facility and coffee lab here

to cater to a fast growing demand for bespoke coffee blends from our clients. Over the

past years, we have built up an extensive network of contacts and are able to source for a

variety of specialty grade coffee beans directly from small artisanal producers and farms

around the world.”

Of Brew & Bites

At any one time, Oriole Coffee Roasters brings in six to 10 kinds of specialty coffee

beans from regions such as Brazil, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Rawanda, Egypt, El Slavador,

Colombia and Indonesia. They are roasted freshly on the premise and offered accordingly

as Oriole’s Yellow Bird Seasonal Espresso Blend (comprising a seasonal selection

of specialty-grade coffee), Single Origin or Single Estate coffee (from S$15 /250g).

Customers are able to buy a selection of four types of coffee beans on a weekly rotation

from all three outlets of Oriole (also at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites and Republic Plaza).

Coffee lovers can pop in anytime to grab an espresso, signature Piccolo Latte, taisho

cold brew, filtered or brewed coffee, as well as the new creation “Straits Seven” ($6).

Inspired by the traditional Nanyang-style coffee, Oriole Coffee Roasters has created this

unique coffee drink with a local twist that features a smooth medley of seven ingredients,

including black pepper, butter, sea salt, condensed milk and a shot of Oriole’s Yellow Bird

espresso. The comforting smooth brew is served warm in a traditional porcelain cup and

saucer.

Oriole Coffee Roasters also pays tribute to Singapore kopitiam culture with a range of

traditional favourites such as the 63ºC Soft-boiled free-range eggs (a pair for $3.70)

served with soldiers (toast sticks) and premium light soy sauce from a local producer.

Customers can get a taste of nostalgia with the Homemade pandan-kaya butter toast ($3),

Vegemite & butter toast ($2.20) and Peanut butter toast ($2.40) that sit perfectly with the

inviting ambience in this heritage shop house. “This Oriole outlet at Chinatown celebrates

our coffee culture by championing a localised approach to our coffee, food, ambience, and

how we interact with our customers,” Keith says.

Behind its saloon-style doors, the café is fitted with communal seating and tables, where

jars of Tau sar piah (salted mung bean pastry $1.80) and Pong piah (sticky malt pastry

$1.80) sit next to old-fashioned tableware and porcelain kopitiam-style cups and spoons.

Other gourmet pickings include Truffled scrambled eggs & toast ($8) and Tuna & gruyere

cheese sandwich ($8). Sweet choices feature Orange poppyseed cake ($4.80) and

Chocolate coconut cake ($5.80).

Of Caffe & Nightcap

In the evening, customers can drop in for a caffe and toast, or beers and wines that are

accompanied by bar snacks (from 5pm) such as Roasted vegetables bruschetta ($7),

Smoked salmon & cream cheese ($9), and Serrano ham & manchego cheese ($10).

Oriole Coffee Roasters’ ambience is like no other café with its striking ceiling showcase of

colourful retro light fixtures and quirky hanging bric-a-brac like Moka pot, coffee sock and

Peranakan tiffin carriers. Customers can see the baristas roasting the coffee beans behind

the glass window and peruse the retail shelves stocked with Oriole’s merchandise, books

and coffee brewing ware (coffee mill, siphon, aeropress, French Press, Buono kettle).

Located on the second level, the coffee training lab is designed for holding barista

workshops and coffee appreciation classes for coffee enthusiasts and corporate

bonding sessions (min 5 to max 15 persons per class/ $50 per head/ includes coffee &

refreshments). For more information on classes, please email sales@thefoodchain.com.sg

or call tel: 6224 8131.

Backgrounder
Oriole Cafe & Bar first opened at Pan Pacific Service Suites at Somerset Road in
December 2008. It is managed by restaurateur, Keith Loh, who is the Singapore National
Barista Champion 2010. Its second outlet, Oriole Espresso & Brew Bar, opened in
late 2010 at Republic Plaza in the heart of CBD financial district and has a dedicated
Brew Bar for traditional brewed coffee as well as Singapore’s first La Marzocco Strada
– that is designed for and by top baristas around the world. It is a cutting-edge gee-whiz
electronically programmable machine that allows the barista, for the first time, to have
absolute and direct control of pressure at any point during extraction.

Fact Sheet – Oriole

10/10A Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264. Tel: 6224 8131

Also at:
96 Somerset Road, #01-01, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites.
Tel: 6238 8348
9 Raffles Place #01-23/23A, Republic Plaza. Tel: 6438 3843

Mon to Sat – 8.30am to 10.00pm
Sun & Public Holidays – 8.30am to 6.00pm

oriole@thefoodchain.com.sg
www.oriolecoffee.com | www.Facebook.com/OrioleCafe

Besides managing three Oriole outlets, The Food Chain Pte Ltd
also runs Bedrock Bar & Grill (www.bedrock.com.sg), a modern grill
restaurant and whisky bar at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites since
December 2008.

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