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Monday, 16 November 2015

Afternoon Tea at Yahava KaffeeWorks

4 Jalan Gelenggang, Singapore 578188
Tel: 6554 7080
Website:   http://www.yahava.sg

Yahava Koffeeworks is a 10-year old Australian brand hailed from Perth, founded by true coffee lovers who travelled the world on motorcycles to hunt for the best coffee. They brought their stories and beans home to work their magic into each and every cup of coffee the patrons enjoy; and they are in Singapore now - serving coffee as well as selling coffee stuffs (mugs, sieves, etc). The staff was very friendly.

The interior is warmly done in red and taupe tones; the most distinctive feature being a large map mounted on the wall - probably depicting the coffee adventures of the founder Alex aka "The Coffee Baron". They even used coffee sieves as door handles of the cafe - how creative is that?

While the rest of  my coffee-mates were checking beverages out, I stole glances at the pastries counter, of course, and we ordered some cakes for sharing, to go with our coffee.

The Earl Grey Tea Cake (SGD$6.00) was an interesting creation - a dense, moist cake rich in earl grey's aroma with every bite, distinctive and sure. The additions of dried cranberries and walnuts added touches of flavour and crunch to the cake, and I deduced that I really liked this cake.

Next, the Matcha Azuki Cake (SGD$7.50) was another amazing pastry - rich, creamy texture alternating between fluffy, soft, moistened layers. The sapid taste of green tea was evident and delicious; the red beans added bite and another level of sweetness to the cake. I could have ordered another of this.

Now we move on to their specialities - coffee! We ordered an assortment to share, so we could maximise our trysts of different flavours. The colours were so lovely and tempting, and we did not know which cup to begin with.

Affogato (SGD$5.00) was sweet, creamy and made frothy by the scoop of vanilla ice-cream, cooling the hot coffee to a lovely temperature that was kind to the lips upon sipping. I enjoyable the aromatic coffee and ice-cream combination here.

The Hot Chocolate (SGD$5.50) was creamy and bore subtle hints of chocolate flavour. The saving grace was the huge chunky marshmallows and chocolate sauce drizzled across the drink. It was average at best, but at least it did not taste like Milo, like how some places try to substitute their hot choc.

Next, Kintamani House Blend Long Black (SGD$5.00) is a black coffee with a full, smooth body. It was bittersweet, with floral hints and the slightest note of chocolate in its richness. I seldom order black coffee, but this was tasty enough that if I'd ordered this, I might be inclined to skip the honey or sugar.

Following that, the Rose Latte (SGD$5.00), became one of my favorites as well. It was redolent with bold hints of rose syrup aka bandung, in local context. The drink was pretty in pink with a frothy top layer giving way to sweet, aromatic, floral coffee concoction that was creamy and smooth all at once.

Finally, the Mocha (SGD$5.00) was a lovely concoction of intense coffee with a strong dash of chocolate aroma, giving this drink the perfect bittersweet tone - pleasing to the tongue and perking the mind up.

We did not get to try any iced coffee so perhaps I would be back to try them someday, and have more of those delicious cakes too!

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