Coffee brews trace Singapore roots at Singapore HeritageFest this year

Singapore latte art champion, 28-year-old, Ryan Tan will demonstrate his skills to tour participants. -- PHOTO: Rachel Tan
Singapore latte art champion, 28-year-old, Ryan Tan will demonstrate his skills to tour participants. -- PHOTO: Rachel Tan

The Singapore HeritageFest, which is into its 10th year, will roll-out 20 programmes across the island.

One programme being held is Coffee Adventures composed of talks and demonstrations to educate particpants on the history of coffee in Singapore and to raise awareness of the growing trade. "Coffee has become a lifestyle thing like wine," said Mr Victor Mah, president of the Singapore Coffee Association.

From July 27 to 28, groups of 20 participants will travel to three coffee shops to learn techniques and processes from local brewers and a latte artist. Toast Box group beverage consultant, Mr Guan Lim will share the origins of coffee beans followed by a demonstration of traditional roasting techniques. At Strangers' Reunion cafe, Singapore's latte art champion, Ryan Tan will give a presentation.

The tour ends at Chye Seng Huat Hardware coffee bar where baristas will introduce cupping and brewing methods. There will also be a coffee-themed exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Tours run from 1.30pm to 6pm and interested parties may sign up at http://heritagefest.org.sg