It seems that there are endless interesting subjects about third wave coffee, and Kurasu is definitely one of them. What started off as a change of direction from a Japanese banker who moved to Australia in 2013 quickly turned into a global-scale coffeeware specialist. Think filter coffee equipments, coffee beans, coffee grinder, and many more. Within four years, Kurasu has opened a retail space and a coffee shop in Kyoto, and more recently in Singapore.
True to its roots, everything about Kurasu Singapore represent Japanese-style coffee shops. The unconventional choice of location at a not-so busy area and the entire design of the place are undeniably Nippon-minded. Located at a second floor in a building owned by a large F&B group, Kurasu Singapore is neighbor to a coworking space. On every corner you can see people busy typing on their laptops with headphones on and a cup of coffee in hand.
Kurasu Singapore utilizes a La Marzocco machine, powered by two baristas who also act as a server and waiter for the whole space. Japanese style is imbued in every detail, including tools, kitchenwares, bottles, and the use of wooden accents. But here’s a twist. While Japan is known for its efficient use of space, in contrast, Kurasu Singapore is spacious with plenty of space in between tables. Having said that, the atmosphere is still very much Japan-esque.
As for coffee, Kurasu Singapore uses Kalita Wave method, just like how the Japanese people prefer to make their manual brew. My cup of Ethiopian coffee tastes really nice, and the latte is just as great—smooth, soft, and medium-bodied. The barista is quite friendly and will ask about your coffee preference, which I don’t encounter often at other coffee shops in Singapore.
Whether you’re a specialty coffee enthusiast or not, Kurasu Singapore is a place you’d want to visit. It offers a Japanese coffee shop experience right in the heart of Singapore. The place might make you forget that you’re somewhere in South East Asia, not Kyoto or Tokyo. Think of it as a mini-getaway through a cup of coffee. I also have a hunch that Kurasu might just fit Indonesian market. Will we see Kurasu in Jakarta soon? Time will tell.