What's brewing at Rochester Mall? It's Doi Chaang Coffee! I was at Star Vista and very much in need of an afternoon perk-me-up when I remembered that this renowned specialty coffee joint from Thailand had opened its flagship Singapore outlet in January 2015. Just 5 minutes across the road from where I am, I can still drag my feet over lah. Besides the organic arabica coffee it serves would be a nice change from the usual coffee chain offerings in this area.
The café itself is functional and small in size, but the coffee beans which they use from Doi Chaang Village in Northern Thailand is big on accolades and various certifications. Let me attempt a summary here: Ranked among the top 1% in the world, single estate 100% Arabica, member of Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), USDA certified organic, fair trade certified.
Non-coffee connoisseur like me would probably have to ask Mr Google or check Doi Chang's website to better understand what all these means, but no doubt it is an assurance of superior quality compared to usual.
Impressive! But most importantly, my layman question is: The coffee taste good or not?
I had a few sips of my friend's Flat White ($5.50) which fared better than my glass of Iced Latte ($6.50). It was not as full-bodied as I hope it would be, tasting like a diluted version of our local kopi-peng.
On hindsight, I should have ask the barista to recommend a stronger brew, or go for their signature Ice Doi Chaang ($6.50) which was well-received by a fellow blogger during his earlier visit.
There are also interesting concoctions such as Banana Toffee Nut Latte ($5.90), Caramel Latte Macchiato ($5.90) and Ice Lemongrass Americano ($5.50).
Though the main draw at Doi Chaang is their coffee, they also serve light bites such as sandwiches, and a range of mille crepe cakes. The slice of Matcha & Azuki Crepe Cake ($6.90) was decent and made nice accompaniment to the coffee, but it's not something which I would crave for anytime soon.
Likewise, I wouldn't rush to specially make my way to Doi Chaang, but wouldn't mind popping over for a visit again if I'm in the area and need a caffeine fix.
Doi Chaang Coffee
Address: 35 Rochester Drive, Rochester Mall #01-08, Singapore 138639
Contact: +65 8200 8215
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am to 10.30pm