abseil coffee, Shenton Way, Singapore

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Address: 70 Shenton Way, #01-14 Eon Shenton, Singapore 079118
Instagram: abseil.coffee
Opening Hours: Daily 8:30am – 5:30pm, closed on Tuesdays.

If you’re looking for a minimalist coffee institution, look no further than abseil coffee. Located in Shenton Way in the area of Tanjong Pagar, abseil gives you no BS for a cup of filtered coffee.

I opted for the abseil ($9), its namesake coffee that’s only black, iced and pushed by thickest cream I’ve seen since SYIP’s White. The barista notes that I’m not supposed to stir it and drink the acidic coffee through the cream, but if I want to, I can ask for a spoon. I find that it is not a strong brew, but gives you the caffeine you need to power you mid-afternoons.

I chose not to stir. I ended up drinking the entire cream quickly so that I could reach the coffee. The bottom is better than the start of the experience, when the coffee swirls with the cream on the rocks.

It’s reminiscent of the early days of the Gong Cha cream trend.

All the rage in coffee shops is on creamy lattes, less about the coffee. It’s not something I would drink on a daily basis, because the cream isn’t exactly the healthiest. But these creamy concoctions spell the perfect drink for those who want a dessert and a cup of coffee, minus the calories. Like I said, the birth of the cream coffee.

Again I’m not a huge fan of iced coffee or cold brews unless it’s Blue Bottle’s New Orleans or Philz’ Mint Mojito Iced Coffee drink. I drink simply to research what makes these iced cold drinks tick. The Instagrammable / Tiktokable space of whites and blacks draws a crowd on weekday afternoons. Seats fill up quite fast. To those looking for a quiet space might not even get it once the coffee shop is packed.

For the lucky ones, abseil’s simplistic ritual puts a full stop to my long winding thoughts. Mission accomplished, abseil.