Singapore Coffee Festival

Other highlights

1. Local Kopi Gallery

This section is dedicated to the rich local kopi heritage. Order kopi, tea and Doffee ($4, far right), a coffee or tea topped with a doughnut from home-grown chain Killiney Kopitiam, and pose with scenes from kopitiams of yesteryear.

Where: Level 3, Food & Drinks Zone

2. Music@SCF

Chill out to tunes by a stellar line-up of home-grown music acts curated by Singapore Coffee festival creative director Daniel Boey. Musicians include singer-songwriters Charlie Lim and iNCH and indie bands such as Take Two, Pleasantry and Cashew Chemists.

Where: Coffee Stage & Intimate Stage, Level 3, Food & Drinks Zone


3. Movies@SCF

Bring along your picnic mat or lounge in one of the hammocks during the screening of four movies by home-grown directors. 881 (2007) shows at 9pm and Singapore Dreaming (2006) at 11pm on Friday, and 7 Letters (2015) shows at 9pm and Eating Air (1999) at 11pm on Saturday.

Where: Outdoor area

4. CMCR Lab

Participate in 21 workshops and seminars by baristas, trainers from Common Man Coffee Roasters and guest speakers, such as the owners of Tiga Raja Mill in Indonesia, on topics including latte art, speciality coffee and home-brewing techniques.

Where: Level 2, speciality coffee zone

5. #LiveBettr Lab

Take part in workshops, forums and talks jointly organised by DBS and Bettr Barista Coffee Academy. Highlights include a latte art demonstration by Australian barista Caleb Cha, winner of last year's World Latte Art championship, on June 12.

Where: Level 2, speciality coffee zone

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Shop for a cause

Shop for a good cause at The Good Market, a collection of four social enterprises from Asia supported by the DBS Foundation, which promotes social entrepreneurship.

One of them is Aurora Social Enterprise from Taiwan. The company, started in 2008, sells agricultural products such as coffee, vegetables, tea, bamboo shoots and poultry, mostly grown organically at its more than 50 farms. All proceeds will go towards supporting the aboriginal community.

The company equips the farmers with farming and business skills to manage the farms, then buys the crops and sells them to food distributors and restaurants. It also has a risk management plan for the farms to minimise losses caused by typhoons and earthquakes.

At the festival, Aurora Social Enterprise will be selling three types of Arabica coffee beans which are grown in the mountainous Alishan region in Chiayi. Prices start at about $84 for a 450g packet. The light roast beans have a rich fruity flavour.

Also on sale are oolong tea and dried fruit such as mango.

In a telephone interview from Taiwan, its managing director Patrick Wang, 44, says: "By creating a local farming industry, aboriginal communities can be selfemployed and have a regular income, the young can get access to education and the adults need not leave their hometown to find jobs."

Aurora Social Enterprise is one of more than 100 social enterprises that DBS Foundation has supported since 2014.

A DBS spokesman says: "We are privileged to share a symbiotic relationship with the societies and communities which we operate in. Apart from creating long-term economic value, we also seek to benefit the communities we are present in and deliver social value."

Last year, it set up Asia For Good, a lifestyle portal with a directory of more than 250 social enterprises across Asia to raise awareness of their causes and articles on leading a socially conscious lifestyle.

Other social enterprises that will set up booths are Boxgreen from Singapore, a healthy snack box delivery service that supports a soup kitchen; Kakao, a chocolate company from Indonesia that improves the lives of cocoa farmers; and East Bali Cashews from Indonesia which sells farmsourced cashew nuts to support skills-upgrading initiatives that help its mainly female workforce.

Take home furniture from ST Reading Room

As you listen to the lively discussions in the ST Reading Room, there is a chance to win some of the furniture there. The room will be furnished with 20 items such as dining tables, coffee tables, sofas, ottomans and rugs from home-grown furniture company Castlery.

Snap a photo of yourself with the Hanford sofa (worth $1,099, right) or Miller Coffee Table ($499) and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #SCFxCastlery as well as a witty caption.

The contest ends on June 19 and winners will be notified via direct message on Instagram. They will stand a chance to win new furniture from Castlery. According to festival creative director Daniel Boey, the furnishings are selected to inject a "retro, colonial feel", with eye-pleasing colours such as teal and charcoal grey.

The furniture in the room include the Scandinavian-style Hanford sofa with tapered, walnutbrown stained ashwood legs; Miller coffee table, a wooden tabletop supported by an industrial-style metallic frame, comfy box-shaped Cody ottomans and Nova rugs splashed with colour gradients.

Castlery co-founder Declan Ee, 33, says the furniture is targeted at design-savvy millennials.

He says: "Our pieces have an eclectic mix of materials, such as fabrics against metallics. It is about being trendy without coming across as showy."

Up to 80 per cent of its furniture is designed by an in-house teamwho have worked in furniture companies such as Crate & Barrel. The rest are exclusives sourced from suppliers in countries such as Vietnam, Turkey and China. The collection can be viewed at Castlery's expanded 10,000 sq ft showroom in Alexandra Road, which will be ready later this month.

Score eco-friendly notebooks

The Straits Times is collaborating with home-grown bookbinding company Bynd Artisan and calligraphy artist Joanne Lim of The Letter J Supply to produce a series of five notebooks for the festival.

Calligraphy artist Joanne Lim (left) and Bynd Artisan owner Winnie Chan have produced notebooks from recycled food pulp, including ground coffeebeans, for the festival. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

These limited-edition notebooks are designed around five key topics covered in askST, The Straits Times' initiative for readers to engage with correspondents. The topics are technology, health, food, education and travel.

The notebooks, which come in red, blue, brown, cream and green, are imported from a speciality paper mill in Milan, Italy. The ecofriendly paper is partly made from recycled food pulp such as ground coffee beans, cherries and lavender. These are by-products from the food production or agricultural industries.

Each notebook cover features a tongue-in-cheek question that reflects one of the five themes.

On the collaboration, Bynd Artisan owner Winnie Chan, who is in her 40s, says: "We are increasingly absorbed in the digital world. By coming up with cool notebooks, we hope to appeal to the younger generation through the stories behind the making of these books and encourage them to write their thoughts, converse and take in their surroundings."

The covers areadorned with calligraphy by Lim, 34. After "countless" iterations, her designs, done using brushes and markers, were scanned and converted to a stencil and embossed on the covers.

The former graphic designer picked up calligraphy during a holiday in New York City three years ago. Besides producing artworks and designing products, she conducts calligraphy workshops.

She says: "Calligraphy has little details that evoke feelings and emotions that are difficult to replicate."

To get these notebooks, visitors need to attend one of the ST Reading Room sessions, in which Straits Times columnists such as Rohit Brijnath and Wong Ah Yoke will discuss topics ranging from sports to food. They need to post a photo of themselves with the speakers on their social media account with the hashtag #SgCoffeeFestSTchats and show it to the organisers at the sessions.

The notebooks will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

A coffee theme-park experience

From growing up with kopi C at Chin Mee Chin coffee shop in East Coast Road to sipping soy lattes in Bryant Park between shows at New York Fashion Week, coffee has been a big part of creative and fashion director Daniel Boey's life.

The creative director of the Singapore Coffee Festival tapped on the "coffee tribes" here - from the elderly drinking kopi in kopitiams to hipsters sipping speciality java in cafes - to design seven spaces for the festival, including the ST Reading Room and the VIP lounge.

The 51-year-old says: "I want to surprise people through different spaces of time and take them on a coffee theme-park experience."

For the Local Kopi Gallery, he pays homage to his childhood hangout, Chin Mee Chin. The gallery will feature prints inspired by mosaic tiles in the coffee shop, while the walls are adorned with old-school coffee advertisements.

Over at the ST Reading Room, he is creating a "warm and clean look" to give a chill-out vibe to the space which can seat 60 to 80 people.

Injecting colour is wallpaper featuring coffee-related motifs from the finalists of the festival's Design-The-Cup competition.

Bringing a breezy sense of the outdoors is The Green in the Food & Drinks zone. Mr Boey hopes to create a "bohemian feel", with people relaxing on hammocks on artificial grass while watching performances at the Coffee Stage.

For the VIP lounge, he has created a "modern gentleman's club", with the walls dressed in stripes and dots and a mix of Chesterfield sofas and metallic chairs.

VIP ticket holders can enjoy canapes, including a meatball mantou slider, and cocktails such as Deadlines In Life, a concoction of red wine, tropical fruit, gin and cinnamon from modern zi char restaurant Xiao Ya Tou in Duxton Hill.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 05, 2016, with the headline 'Other highlights'. Print Edition | Subscribe