Let’s pour one out for 1KS by Park Bench Deli and those hearty, comforting sandwiches of theirs. Bye, guys.
But — say hello to Working Class Coffee, a new three-month pop-up (also by PBD) replacing the former at The Working Capitol. Appealing to those clocking in their 9-to-5 around Keong Saik Road with its aroma of in-house roasted beans, the coffee tasting bar is unpretentious about its drink of choice — so if you’re usually more of a Starbucks grab-and-go type, don’t worry. This is the joint that won’t judge.
Initially a pet project by PBD’s general manager Gustin Mahtani, the brand was conceptualized in an industrial factory as a makeshift coffee booth, serving up a cup of joe to the Average Joe. And now it’s made its way to the fringes of the CBD to perk up the mornings of listless-looking office workers.
Here, three different medium roast blends feature on the menu: Docker (high acidity, low body, with hints of orange and vanilla), Anvil (medium acidity and body, with a trace of orange, peach, and chocolate), and Jackhammer (low acidity, heavy body, with chocolate and nut undertones). Should you want to bring home the beans, they’re available in 150g bags for $9 to $15.
If you’re not a fan of java, well — there are alternatives, too: white chocolate matcha latte ($6/hot, $7/iced), apple and orange juices ($6 each), and smoothies ($8) like the green one of cucumber, green apple, kale, pineapple, coconut water, and moringa.
Alas, PBD’s sammies have vanished from the menu, but in their place are healthier eats: Think an acai bowl ($10) with granola, fruits, and cocoa nibs, avocado toast ($8) topped with cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of sea salt, and a breakfast sourdough ($8) stuffed with fried egg, tomato, lettuce, and a splash of sriracha mayo.
The cafe is also collaborating with local independent bakeries like Woodlands Sourdough and Mother Dough Bakery to hawk a rotating line-up of desserts and pastries like brownies, banana bread, and tea cakes. Sweet tooths, prepare to be satiated.
Working Class Coffee is at #01-02 The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Rd, from now till end-Sept.
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