After an excellent afternoon tea break at Dochi Dochi, we continued walking down Joo Chiat Road in search of Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar. Didn’t exactly check on Google Map beforehand which road intersection to look out for as I thought it would be easy to spot as it was ‘on the same road’. In the end, we walked too far ahead and had to make a U-turn back, lol.
Keep a look out for Crane, which is located on the intersection of Joo Chiat Road and Koon Seng Road.
Walk to the back of Crane till you see a little alley. Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar is just there.
This is why we say Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar is a hole-in-the-wall cafe. It basically operates through a window. You place your order at the window and you collect your drink at the same window.
This Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar @ Joo Chiat is actually the sister outlet of Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar in Bangkok, Thailand (see https://www.facebook.com/kohi.roastery/). Both outlets have different beverage menus.
For the Singapore menu, they have classic flavours as well as some interesting blends.
We ordered two of their signatures – Kohito and Iced Coco Hoji. Were told that the latter could be an acquired taste as it was an experimental one.
Iced Coco Hoji $7 (on the left)
Ice + coconut water + hojicha. Intense seaweed-like flavour. Truly an acquired taste. It was weird at first as you wouldn’t expect hojicha to taste like this. But we gradually got used to it. Wouldn’t say it was spectacular but rather, interesting.
Kohito $7 (on the right)
Ice black + fresh milk + mint. If you like mint, you’ll probably like this because the minty flavour really stands out yet you can still taste a mild flavour of coffee.
On the other side of the road diagonally from Kohi is this row of colourful shophouses. It’s one of the most popular photography spots in Singapore so make sure you have your camera or phone with you to capture some Insta-worthy shots.
If you’re a coffee/tea connoisseur or if you prefer a robust, strong cuppa, this place is probably not for you. The charm about Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar is its setup and location which makes it a unique place to visit. I mean, how many cafes out there operate from a window in the same manner?
And of course if you’re adventurous enough to try interesting brews and creative concoctions, then you should really come check it out. 😉