The robots are coming and we're all f***ed

As a barista with more than 1 year of experience, I can safely say that I'm amongst the foremost experts on specialty coffee in Singapore and my highly educated informed opinions are taken seriously by my fellow professionals. So when I say we're all royally fucked and should take the threat of robot baristas seriously, I'm sure everyone in the industry will sit up, take notice and appropriately shit their collective beds. We've seen a couple of coffee concepts built around the idea of automated pop up around the island ranging from the trash (Crown? Ella? Whatever they're called now) to the decent (Ratio at ION Orchard). " But as an experienced specialty barista, I have an acute developed palate that...

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The What

"F**k the world, don't ask me for shitAnd everything you get ya gotta work hard for it" - Christopher Wallace, 1994 We live in bountiful times; the specialty coffee movement in Singapore is experiencing a renaissance where a new spot opens up every 3 weeks that's ether led or owned by experienced roasters and baristas who've cut their teeth at pioneering third wave cafés since the late noughties & early 2010s. For a consumer market as dynamically fickle as Singapore, this presents an interesting challenge for coffee professionals when articulating a vision around a product that's perceived to be highly commoditized. Given the circumstances, it's tempting to revert to abhorrent gimmicks like serving a pourover kopi luwak or succumbing to market...

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Money.

Most people vote with their wallet. I know I do. When I regularly patronise a business, i generally feel it’s because there has been a fair value exchange for my money in return for goods & services. Yes I am a bit of an aloof asshole when it comes to money.   But there’s something magical happening in Geylang. Maybe it’s because we really give a damn. Maybe it’s because the coffee business is such a personal one But mostly its because the Drip City regulars are angels like Annabel Tan who do things they don’t have to and show real love without expecting anything in return. Annabel was featured on a podcast/radio show on Money FM 89.3 called 12...

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