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咖啡时光

Singapore is a friendly destination for coffee lovers. You'll find everything from Starbucks outlets to quirky independent cafés serving up gourmet blends, and a visit to a local kopitiam (coffee shop) is a cultural experience not to be missed. Read on to understand a little more about coffee and the different types of coffee beverages you can find in Singapore.

Like many other places in the world, espresso coffee is highly popular in Singapore, and is served in establishments all across the island. The stylish neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru, in particular, is a haven of bookstores, cafés and bakeries where you can enjoy a well-made espresso coffee.

Not sure what to order? Here’s a quick overview of espresso-based coffee drinks. Espresso shots themselves usually come in three ‘sizes’, so to speak. A single shot of espresso, solo, is 30ml and a double shot, doppio, gives you 60ml. A ristretto is only 22ml, but it's much more concentrated. For a shot of espresso topped with hot water, order an Americano.

And if you've ever wondered about the difference between a latte and a cappuccino, here it is: a cappuccino is made from equal thirds of espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk; while a latte is an espresso shot with mostly steamed milk and very little foamed milk on top.

The flat white originated in Australia and New Zealand and has made its way into several cafés around Singapore. Flat whites are similar to lattes, but served in smaller cups so the ratio of coffee to milk is higher, and the steamed milk is supposed to have a more velvety consistency – though that will depend on the skill of your barista!

Don't miss the opportunity to try kopi, the local coffee of Singapore. Kopi is a thicker and more intense coffee than an espresso-based beverage. The coffee beans are pan-roasted with butter and sugar, then ground up and brewed in a cloth bag inside a metal pot. You can find kopi stalls at any hawker center, or try a cup at popular kopitiam chains such as Killeney and Toast Box.

Kopi is the standard variation: a cup of coffee with condensed milk and sugar. A kopi 'C' replaces condensed milk with evaporated milk, while a kopi oh is served without any type of milk. To hold the sugar, add kosong to the end of your order, e.g. kopi 'C' kosong is coffee with evaporated milk and no sugar.

In the heat of Singapore, many people (visitors included) might prefer an iced coffee. Ice blended coffee beverages are hugely popular in Singapore, and you’ll see a range of flavour blended in, from banana and toffee to mint and cherry. You’ll also find the Australian flat white in several cafés in Singapore.
In the heat of Singapore, many people (visitors included) might prefer an iced coffee. Ice blended coffee beverages are hugely popular in Singapore, and you’ll see a range of flavour blended in, from banana and toffee to mint and cherry. You’ll also find the Australian flat white in several cafés in Singapore.

For other types of coffee from the region, head to a Vietnamese coffee place like Trung Nguyen, where you can sample the distinct, strong brew from Vietnam. As with kopi and other coffee variants from warm South East Asian countries, Vietnamese coffee is often taken iced instead of hot – the combination of cold and caffiene is wonderfully refreshing on a humid day!

If you're in Little India, many South Indian restaurants serve Indian filter coffee, made by roasting coffee beans with chicory and adding large amounts of milk and sugar. And in the Arab Quarter of Kampong Glam, try Turkish coffee: a sweet, frothy black coffee which is served with the coffee grounds.

咖啡是世界通用语言——深受来自不同文化、国家和背景的人们理解和喜爱,是他们日常生活中不可或缺的一部分,是世界上消费范围最广的饮料之一。同其他全球化物品一样,咖啡在世界不同角落也呈现出明显的地区风味。新加坡拥有种类繁多的咖啡,这对新加坡的咖啡爱好者而言可谓一大福音。在新加坡,既有星巴克,也有奇妙的独立咖啡店;在新加坡逛逛本土kopitiam(咖啡店)饶有趣味。继续阅读,你将能更加了解咖啡,更加了解在新加坡能找到的各种咖啡饮品。

浓缩咖啡

狮城各地都能找到以浓缩咖啡为基础的咖啡饮品。如果你喜欢可爱温馨的咖啡店和咖啡厅,可以前往中峇鲁,这个时尚地区不乏书店、咖啡厅和面包坊。接下来让我们快速概览下浓缩咖啡饮品以供参考。

浓缩咖啡通常分为三种“规格”。“单份”(solo)为30ml,“双份”(doppio)为60ml。而更加浓缩的“芮斯崔朵”则为22ml,在急需咖啡因时可以点这种咖啡。而拿铁和卡布奇诺的区别在于:卡布奇诺遵循三等分原则:同等分的浓缩咖啡、蒸奶和奶泡;而拿铁则是在浓缩咖啡上加蒸奶,再在上面加非常少量的奶泡。美式咖啡在新加坡咖啡店里也很常见:就是往浓缩咖啡加水。鉴于新加坡热浪袭人,许多人(包括游客)都喜欢来杯冰咖啡。混合冰咖啡在新加坡广受欢迎,你会发现有各种味道混合到了一起:从香蕉和太妃糖到薄荷和樱桃。新加坡也有几家咖啡厅供应澳式白咖啡。

本土咖啡

记得别错过品尝本土咖啡和亚洲咖啡的机会了。本土咖啡即 kopi,比浓缩咖啡更浓厚香醇。咖啡豆通常与黄油、白糖一起烘烤,接着包在白布袋里放入金属大壶内煮制。煮好之后的咖啡会以不同形式奉客。也有一些越南咖啡馆会提供味道特别、口感强烈的越南咖啡。许多南印度餐厅会供应印度过滤式咖啡,这种咖啡是将咖啡豆与菊苣一同烘焙之后在酿出的咖啡中加入大量牛奶和白糖而制成的,是dosa薄饼的完美搭档。到阿拉伯区的餐厅就餐时可以试试土耳其咖啡:这种香甜绵密的浓黑咖啡会与咖啡渣一起上桌。

新加坡这座弹丸小岛上竟有如此多种的咖啡可供选择,简直是咖啡爱好者的天堂。本土咖啡还是国际化咖啡,热咖啡还是冰咖啡,咖啡一定会是你新加坡之旅的主要行程!